The Muriel Arnason Library has held Seniors Appreciation events for a few years.

Langley library celebration focuses on community builders

Seniors have a lifetime of stories to share.

Seniors aren’t just old people. They are something to celebrate.

And there’s a celebration planned at Muriel Arnason Library on Tuesday, June 6.

“They are the community builders.” said librarian Dr. Sarwan Singh Randhawa. “They made the community what it is today, so we simply want to appreciate their great work.”

He and the library have partnered with the Langley Senior Resources Centre to express appreciation for seniors’ contributions to the community, a celebration that has been taking place annually at the library since 2012.

This year, a part of the celebration will include helping people to start writing and sharing the story of their own experiences.

“We have a wonderful speaker, Penny Hambrook, who will share tips on how to write their story,” said Randhawa.

“Everyone has a story,” added Janice McTaggart, co-coordinator at You’ve Gotta Have Friends and a director at Langley Seniors. “It’s important to review your own story. It’s healthy. It can be very productive. It can help you to let things go.”

“Penny is going to talk on how to get started… starting to think about starting to write your own story and sharing it in some fashion,” said McTaggart.

“We want actually all ages of the population to come and chat with the seniors and learn something new,” said Randhawa. “I think maybe they [seniors] have so much to share. They have a long experience of life. It will be a great opportunity for others to learn.”

“Anybody would get something out of it,” McTaggart agreed. “Even for younger people to start journaling or start paying attention to their life moments is really valuable. We have to be mindful of what’s having an impact in our lives. Often you don’t see that until later but if you take note of it at the time maybe you’ll recall it and see where you went from there.”

There’s more happening, as well.

Young singer Jamey Ayana will entertain, and there will be a display of the library’s newest large-print books for those with vision difficulties. Ten copies of Reminiscences, Recipes & Remedies: Langley Seniors Reminisce About Their Food Heritage will be given out by a draw.

The Senior Resources Centre will set up a booth where they will highlight all their services and resources available for seniors in this area.

A light lunch will be served. The event is being held on a drop-in basis. It’s all free, and there is no registration required.

“We definitely want all seniors and other people who just want to chat with them to join us and celebrate this great day,” said Randhawa.

Muriel Arnason Library is located at 130-20338 65th Ave.

 

The Muriel Arnason Library has held Seniors Appreciation events for a few years.