Share a Trip Down Memory Lane!


A great range of memory kits have been recently added to the collections of 21 libraries, designed with multi-sensory objects associated with the past to aid in triggering memories and sparking conversations that bridge time and strengthen relationships. The memory kits can be checked out and used for reminiscence and story-telling in classrooms, at family reunions, and with individuals and families affected by dementia. Reminiscence is particularly beneficial for individuals at various stages of memory loss and those with communication difficulties.

The memory kits are part of the Building Dementia-Friendly Libraries in Northern Wisconsin project addressing the informational and social needs of individuals with memory loss. Northern Waters Library Service led the project, creating 88 kits with themes that include babies, beach, birthday, Christmas, cooking, gardening, sewing, military, music and travel. Students of the Gerontology Program of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College provided support in the preparation of the kits.

The project encourages partnerships with community agencies providing support for people with dementia. Memory kits can be incorporated into “Memory Café” events that provide a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers. The Memory Kits are made possible by a Northern Waters Library Service grant supported by Library Service and Technology Act funds awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.