Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Let's Talk About Serving Patrons with Dementia

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How can Minnesota libraries serve the unique needs of older people, especially those with diminished cognitive abilities? Learn what libraries and community partners are doing including programs for caregivers and those with cognitive losses, circulating activity kits with adaptive materials, and structured programs for memory care sites.


Carrie Brunsberg

Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Outreach Services and Eden Prairie
Carrie Brunsberg works in a grant-funded position creating and providing programming for senior residents served by Hennepin County Library's Outreach Services department.

Laura Carlson

Associate Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Penn Lake
Laura Carlson has worked for Hennepin County Library for over 15 years providing programming focused on the community's youngest and oldest residents. This gives her the foundation to create and present "Let's Talk About" Kits, engaging seniors in social interactions and sparking... Read More →

Carol Jackson

Library Manager, Ramsey County Library, Shoreview
Carol Jackson has been a librarian for over ten years. In that ten years nothing has been as gratifying as the last two years spent focusing on issues of dementia and caregiving.

Janet Kleckner

Branch Manager, Anoka County Library, Rum River
Janet Kleckner has been bringing a variety of library services to seniors and senior care providers for over 30 years.

Susan Lubbers

Librarian, Hennepin County Library, Oxboro
Susan Lubbers has worked with library patrons of all ages providing services in the library, online, and in the community. She feels passionate about providing services for people who are not able to visit the library in person, which was the foundation for starting the "Let's Talk... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 114