Toolkit for Librarians

This collection of resources is designed to help librarians produce a successful Tales and Travel Memories program.

Sample Agenda for an Excursion

  • Greet each person individually as s/he enters the room.
  • Use a globe or large map to show each person where s/he is now and where the excursion will take them.
  • Residents take turns reading aloud from a folktale or story representative of the area.
  • Residents read aloud five interesting facts about the region. Facts should be typed in a large, clear font.
  • Distribute highly illustrated books about the destination. These titles are selected from the library’s adult and children’s collections. Residents browse at their own pace.
  • Initiate informal, casual conversation with residents. This adds a personal and social touch to the program. Be creative, and have fun!
  • Use this facilitation checklist to ensure that your program has been designed to meet the needs and abilities of those living with dementia. DOWNLOAD the checklist.


The following logos are generic images without institutional branding. They are designed to accommodate your library’s logo inside the suitcase portion of the image. Feel free to add these images to your Tales and Travel Memories program materials.

Download Tales and Travels Logos (Color or Black and White):


For specific information on destinations and program materials, click the Excursions tab at the top of this page.


Books and printed works are a major part of Tales and Travel Memories. The bibliography below compile titles used across several destinations—use them to get started on your own Tales and Travel Memories program.

DOWNLOAD bibliography spreadsheet

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More Information

For those who missed it, here is the segment promoting the use of books and reading that was unable to be displayed at the Public Library Association’s 2022 annual conference.  Click here!

For more information on service to dementia populations, please visit the International Federation of Library Services (IFLA) Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dementia.

The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD) connects libraries and librarians with resources, news, and best practices for serving populations with dementia. IGARD is an interest group of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).