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Seniors

The MILL

The Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (The MILL) is part of the Township’s Lifelong Montclair aging in place initiative and is a collaboration of Adult School Department of the MPL, Montclair Art Museum, YMCA, Montclair History Center, Montclair State University, Connections at Home. The MILL is funded in part by the Partners for Health Foundation, the Township of Montclair, and the community. The goal of the MILL is to foster opportunities for in-depth, high-level learning and socialization for 55+ adults offered at different locations throughout Montclair. These classes are free of charge, but registration is required.

Senior Space Wednesdays

The United Methodist Communities at PineRidge of Montclair, in collaboration with MPL and AngelaCARES, hosts a resource center for seniors in MPL’S Senior Space. PineRidge of Montclair and AngelaCARES provide programs and resources aimed at enriching the lives of local senior every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information about upcoming events, click here or call the Reference Desk at 973-744-0500 x2235.

Check out our senior workstations and sample the latest in assistive technology:

  • Use Audiovision to listen to news and special interest programs.
  • Use the CCTV table-top enlarger to magnify text in printed books or magazines.
  • Use the EyeSnap Reader to have printed content read aloud to you.
  • Borrow the Assistive Listening Device to boost audio content.
  • Use the computer enhanced with JAWS and MAGic software to have online content magnified or read aloud to you.

Need help using our elibrary, figuring out your tablet or researching online? Book an appointment with a librarian or call the Reference Desk at 973-744-0500 x2235 to schedule one-on-one instruction.

Development of the Senior Space has been made possible through a contract award from the INFOLINK Regional Library Cooperative and the Montclair Public Library Foundation.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries who have problems with, or questions about their health insurance. SHIP is a statewide program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services with major funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

SHIP counseling appointments are available at MPL on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Appointments are free, but registration is required. To schedule an appointment, call the Reference Desk at 973-744-0500 x2235 or email reference@montclair.bccls.org.

For more information about the SHIP program and Medicare in New Jersey, check out the New Jersey Department of Aging Services.

Home Assisted Services

Did you know that we offers a unique, personalized service to those who cannot easily leave their homes? Home Assisted Service, or H.A.S., allows library materials—books, audiobooks, DVDs/BlueRays, music CDs—to be delivered weekly to those who cannot come to the library in person.

If you or someone you know is interested in this service, contact Dawn Quinn at 973-744-0500 x2280.

AARP West Essex Chapter 131

Members meet at the Montclair Public Library on the first Monday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.. When a holiday falls on the first Monday the meeting is on the second Monday; there is no December meeting.

Decamp Bus Reduced Fare Coupons

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, DeCamp bus lines will be temporarily suspending all service, effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Curious about what else is going on around town for seniors? Check out these links:

Montclair Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Lifelong Montclair

Aging in Montclair 

Essex County Division of Senior Services

Let’s Connect

Please note: The Library will no longer be open on Saturdays starting December 5.