Meet Rose, your new Health & Senior Services Librarian

As our new Health and Senior Services Librarian, Rose Barnes is your go-to for resources on health and wellness and senior services.

“I am most interested in exploring more ways to incorporate health and wellness programming into the library while also creating spaces for conversation and growth,” she says. “I am passionate about practicing yoga, baking, and travel, all of which I am sure I’ll draw inspiration from when planning programs and working with community groups.”

She also loves helping people, especially older adults, with technology. Rose previously served as our Digital Learning Librarian since 2016, and she regularly visited the Mills Park Tower apartments before the pandemic to help older adults with all things digital and technology. She says she hopes to use her background in digital learning to continue creating opportunities for technology programming and outreach geared toward seniors.

“Rose has been an exemplary Digital Learning Librarian since she started with us in 2016, and we’re thrilled for all that she’ll bring to her new area of practice, Health and Senior Services,” says Manager of Adult Services Alexandra Skinner.

The Health and Senior Services Librarian position replaces the previous position of Health and Wellness Librarian. In that role, our former Health and Wellness Librarian Juanita Harrell laid the groundwork for this new area of practice with the partnerships, programs, and collections she cultivated. That former position has evolved to include the focus on senior services, in response to community need.

Partnerships & programs

In her new role, Rose collaborates closely with librarians curating the health and wellness collection, develops related programming, and cultivates community partnerships based on healthy living.

She continues the work of our partnership with the Oak Park Township, Park District of Oak Park, and Village of Oak Park on the Dementia Friendly Community initiative.

Ongoing health and wellness programs Midday Meditation, Memory Cafe, Death Cafe, and Grief Journaling Workshops continue virtually, and Rose is introducing new ones—like the KonMari decluttering and organizing program “Enjoy Your Space While Sheltering in Place” on Saturday, February 6, at 1 pm. Register in Zoom now »

And on Tuesday, February 9, at 7 pm, join Oak Park allergist and immunologist Dr. Pitud for “The COVID-19 Vaccine and You” presentation and Q&A. Register in Zoom now »

What are you reading, watching & listening to?

Rose says: “I am currently reading Eat a Peach by David Chang, watching All Creatures Great and Small on PBS, Derry Girls on Netflix, and A Discovery of Witches on Sundance/AMC, and listening to the audiobook of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (available in Media on Demand/Libby and Hoopla).”

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