While collecting great books for the kids to read this summer, pick up some of KDL's heavy, oversized, glorious coffee table books to share with the grandparents.
As a librarian, I visit residents of a local memory care residential facility and have for a few years. When I started, I read to them things I love, wonderful stories. The residents seemed to enjoy the books at first, but then got lost and frustrated. Some of the residents appreciated my next attempt, reading beautiful children's storybooks with vibrant pictures and short plots, but some were put off by the childish content. That is when I started sharing KDL's gorgeous collection of coffee table books.
These books are sometimes shelved differently at the library. Ask a librarian, especially at our larger branches, to help find the oversized books. They are often on the bottom shelf because they are simply too big for the regular shelves. These books are the most visually stimulating. The pictures in them can spark wonder, joy, and surprising reminiscences from those with memory issues, Alzheimer's or dementia. I do not try to read too much of the text, but residents often ask me about a picture and I track down the description to answer their questions, like "What kind of animal is that?" and "Where was that picture taken?" KDL offers these beatiful books in our nonfiction collection under subject headings such as Animals, Art, Art Photography, History, Science Nature, Science Space and Travel.
Watching expressions on elderly faces change to wonder, even for a few moments, can bring sunshine to lives this summer.