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Intergenerational penpals write about books


Connecting young library visitors with elderly people at the Clare Oaks Retirement Community in Bartlett. With this idea in mind started the youth librarian Kimberley Gotches the project Pages Across the Ages at the Bartlett Public Library. Bartlett is an U.S. American town located in Illinois.

Only starting in February 2012, the project has already 49 participants. The idea: Old and young become penpals and write each other letters about the same books they read.

Children and parents get aware of this project via the library newsletter, in-house posters, fliers, a display board with all the partner's pictures and by word-of-mouth. The project has been entirely funded by the library itself. According to Susan Westgate, the library's assistant director, other libraries have shown interest in imitating the project.