Torrance Public Library LINK grew out of a campaign spearheaded by former California State Librarian Susan Hildreth to provide enhanced library services for Baby Boomers (the generation born between 1946-1964). Through a competitive grant process, the Torrance Public Library was chosen as one of 21 libraries throughout the state to receive grant funds to help individuals with "transforming life after 50."
Library staff conducted a community needs assessment and drew upon input solicited through surveys and focus groups as well as the collection of demographic data, and determined that Torrance Baby Boomers are educated and intensely busy, continue to work (rather than retire), and socialize through church, their place of business, at the gym or sports center, or through the activities of their children (e.g., school, scouts, and sports). Torrance's Baby Boomers stressed that convenience and flexibility are prime decision factors for when and how they and their families spend their time.
A key finding from the needs assessment was that while respondents had a positive view of the City and Library services, individuals were unaware that many of the programs and services they desire are already available.
Torrance Public Library Lifelong Information Networks and Knowledge (LINK) is a grant-funded project designed to link local Baby Boomers with community services and programs, and provide increased access to the wealth of educational, informational, cultural, and recreational opportunities in the South Bay.
Boomers and other interested adults are encouraged to browse the LINK web pages and make use of the resources found here. Some features to explore are links to the best activities and programs Torrance and the South Bay has to offer through the City of Torrance on-line event calendar; a blog devoted to Boomer interests - LINK Logs; podcasts featuring interviews with local and notable Baby Boomers, as well as news and views for Boomers; and special listings of the best web and materials resources for Boomers as chosen by Torrance Public Library staff.
Whatever your Boomer needs - let Torrance Public Library be your community LINK!
The Torrance Public Library LINK project is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian