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Reading in the Library

Retirement is a time for rest, relaxation, and reflection. And what better way to do that than by curling up with a good book? At Alavida Lifestyles, we understand the importance of reading for seniors, which is why each of our locations at Park Place, Promenade and Ravines have a library!

Whether you’re a bookworm or a casual reader, there are many benefits to using the library. Not only does it provide a quiet space to read, but it also offers a sense of community and socialization. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your home’s library:

Browse the collection

Take some time to browse the library’s collection and pick out a few books that interest you. Our libraries have a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, biographies, and more. If you’re not sure what to read, maybe ask your fellow residents for some recommendations!

Start a book club

If your residence doesn’t have a book club already, why not start one yourself? Meet regularly with fellow residents and discuss your chosen book. This is a great way to socialize with other residents and engage in meaningful discussions.

Try audiobooks

If reading is difficult due to vision or cognitive issues, try listening to audiobooks. Audiobooks are great for listening while doing other activities like cooking or walking.

Share books with friends

If you come across a book you really enjoyed, share it with a friend! This is a great way to bond over shared interests and have a meaningful discussion about the book.

Ask for help

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to ask your Resident Ambassador or an Alavida Lifestyles staff member for help!

Now that you know how to make the most of your retirement home’s library, here are some book recommendations based on the kind of books you might enjoy!

For the nature lover – “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This book is a blend of memoir, scientific exploration, and Indigenous knowledge that explores our relationship with nature.

For the history buff – “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson. This book offers a fascinating look at Winston Churchill and his leadership during World War II.

For the mystery fan – “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. This psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to unravel the mystery of a woman who refuses to speak after being accused of murder.

For the romance reader – “The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory. This charming novel tells the story of a woman who is proposed to at a baseball game and the unexpected romance that follows.

For the spiritual seeker – “The Book of Joy” by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. This book is a conversation between two spiritual leaders about finding joy and meaning in life.

These are just a few suggestions, but our libraries have plenty of options to choose from. Although Ottawa libraries offer great experiences, the library in your residence’s library might be just as inspiring. So grab a book, find a cozy spot, and let the reading begin!