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Books on Wheels

Books on Wheels (B.O.W) is a free outreach program for residents in senior housing facilities within Arlington city limits. The volunteer assigned to their location will determine the senior resident’s reading preferences, and will then hand pick items based on those preferences. Library materials are delivered once a month, and include books, with a large print option, audiobooks, DVDs/Blu-Ray, and magazines. 

Every Books on Wheels visit is a chance for participants to access library books and socialize with our volunteers and/or staff.

Current Participating Retirement Centers:

Volunteering for Books on Wheels

Interested in being a volunteer for Books on Wheels?

Find out more about being a Books on Wheels volunteer here.

Visit the Arlington Public Library’s volunteer page for more volunteer opportunities or to get started.

Creative Aging
Creativity can happen at any age

Creative Aging is a national movement that fosters an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. Senior adults need to find their voices and share the stories of their lives, whether through writing, music, performance arts or visual arts, according to experts on healthy aging. Such activities improve quality of life by reducing isolation and increasing mental acuity and feelings of well-being.

If you always wanted to do something artistic but never had the time before, this program is for you! You will create your own meaningful pieces of art, meet new friends, and enjoy expressing yourself in your own unique way. Any level of experience is welcome. There is no charge and art supplies are provided.

 

Upcoming Events:

View our full calendar of events here.


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Services available to you as an Arlington Public Library patron with low vision includes a variety of materials and assistive equipment which can be used within the library or checked out. Recognizing that low vision needs vary from patron to patron, Arlington Public Library staff are available to meet with patrons who have questions about library and community services for residents with low vision. Please contact us at (817) 458-6900 or through our one-on-one appointment service.

At every Arlington Library location, you can find:
  • Large Print Books
    Over 7,000 titles of large print books can be found throughout our library system. 

  • DVS Videos
    A description of the action on the video is integrated into the recording

  • Audiobooks
    On CD, MP3-CD or downloadable audiobooks through Overdrive and One-Click

  • Magnifiers
    Each library location has a magnifying lamp, conveniently located at a study table and ready to use. They feature 2X magnification, a 5X spot lens, and LED illumination.


Additional services and resources:

Library Catalog Large Text
Look for the “Large Text” tab in the top left corner of the screen

Braille materials for children and adults
Over 70 books for adults and over 400 children’s books

CCTV

Kurzweil 1000


Other Free Services From Our Partners

Talking Book Program – Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Similar to a public library, they have over 80,000 titles available in a wide variety of categories, including classics, romances, science fiction, mysteries, westerns, children’s selections, and more.  Books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and audiocassette. Magazines are available through digital download, cassette, Braille and large print.

Best of all, books may be downloaded from the Internet or delivered right to your door through the mail free of charge. Make your selections from a variety of catalogs or let one of their reader consultants assist you. To begin using their free service, you need to complete an application and have it certified.

Reading & Radio Resource

Reading & Radio Resource is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer-driven agency with the mission to enrich the lives of children and adults, who because of physical, learning or vision limitations cannot read for themselves. Qualifying clients include any child or adult unable to read print material due to: vision impairment, physical impairment making it difficult to hold a book or text, learning differenced, reading impairment: dyslexia, ADD, or students learning English as a second language.

Senior Library Advisory Council

The Senior Library Advisory Council of the Arlington Public Library began in 2012 to focus on library services to seniors in our community. The Senior Council brings a wealth of life experience and a spirit of volunteerism to help create better library services and programs for the senior community in Arlington. Library staff working with senior programs includes Melissa Jeffrey, David Jackson, and Miranda Want.

Projects have included:

Acquiring lighted magnifiers for all library locations, funded by the Greater Arlington Lion’s Club

Researching useful links to services and activities of interest to seniors and initiating the Senior Page on the library’s website

Providing advice and support for Books on Wheels, a pilot program in 2012, to deliver books to seniors who cannot come to the library on their own

Serving as a focus group for creating library programs and events aimed at seniors.


The members of the Senior Council are users and lovers of libraries and are active volunteers in the community.

Current members include:

  • Ron Clegg, retired from Bell Helicopter and a world traveler, volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Sons of Abraham
  • C. Tom Fincher, retired teacher who is a passionate library volunteer after discovering the joys of reading as an adult
  • Susan Fincher, lifelong reader and library lover, and currently volunteering with the Books on Wheels program
  • Dr. Lucille Howton, linguistics educator in Latin, Italian, Spanish and bilingual education. She has taught at TCU, SMU, NTSU, and Nolan High School.
  • Laura Lace, retired school librarian with Fort Worth and Arlington ISD, AISD Education Foundation Coordinator, and current director of St. Alban’s Anglican Parish Bookstore
  • Shirley Patterson, retired corporate research librarian at LTV and 8 years with Tarrant County College, Parkview Historic Neighborhood community leader
  • Barbara Transki, retired from the U.S. Navy, library volunteer and active in the local geocaching community
  • Carol Van Orden, retired AISD grants coordinator for special education programs, regular library volunteer at Woodland West
  • Ron Weatherill, born and raised in England, retired from a 42-year career in the petroleum exploration industry that took him around the world
Useful Links


Active Retirement

Geocaching
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1201
North Texas Square and Round Dance Association

Advocacy

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature

Eldercare and Nutrition

Eldercare Locator
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County

Federal Government Resources

Medicare
National Institute on Aging
Social Security Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs

Finances

Budgeting, Spending, and Investing During Retirement
Preventing Elder Financial Fraud

Health

Health Information Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)

Legal Services

Texas Legal Services Center
American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Local Senior Centers

Arlington Senior Recreation Center - New YorkArlington Senior Recreation Center - Eunice

Local Services

Area Agency on Aging for Tarrant County 
Area Agency on Aging for North Central Texas
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Tarrant County

City of Arlington - Retiree Resources

Low Vision and Adaptive Services

DARS/Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Talking Book Program

National Federation of the Blind of Texas
Helping Restore Ability/Arlington TX
North Texas Deaf Senior Citizens

Tax Assistance and Other Services

AARP

Technology Training

Lynda.com (Online, self-paced tutorials)
TechBoomers (How to use popular websites)

Transportation and Travel

Handitran/Arlington TX
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Safe and Healthy Travel for Senior Citizens
Road Scholar

Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Corps
City of Arlington/Library Volunteer Information
Friends of the Arlington Public Library

Upcoming Events for Seniors