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New help for those with memory loss

A newly-formed Memory Loss Resource Center at the Douglas County Library will be expanding, thanks to a grant the library recently received.

Library Director Dawn Dailey shared the information with commissioners at the June 4 Douglas County board meeting.

Dailey applied for a Library Services Technology Act grant for $79,885.90, and found out May 31 that the library would be receiving the full amount.

"It will help our library and the other libraries within our system to start their own memory loss program," she told the commissioners.

Since the opening of the Memory Loss Resource Center in March, Dailey said more than 150 items have been checked out.

The center offers kits designed to spark conversation and memories for those dealing with memory loss issues. Each kit is unique and contains items pertaining to fishing, dogs, horses, sewing and farming, among many others. The kits contain books, DVDs, CDs and special items to stimulate the senses.

"I am very excited about this," said Dailey. "This is the first time the library received this type of grant. It's a big step forward."

Because of the grant money, she said the kits will be available in the library's Bookmobile, which travels around to various locations, including nursing homes.

The Bookmobile will stop in the Osakis area several times this summer — June 20, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Aug. 19, all Thursdays. The stops include Carol Rajdl's daycare in Nelson, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; the Osakis Community Memorial Home from 1 to 2 p.m. and the Osakis Community Hall from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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