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You can't please all of the people all of the time. This statement was proven this afternoon when I read "The Velveteen Rabbit" to my seniors for "Story Time with Megan" and I was chewed out by one of the residents for reading nursery rhymes, and how much of a waste of her time it was. Ha.

It's hard - if I read grown-up short stories to them, the stories will mostly be depressing. Nobody likes hearing depressing stories. The happy stories are always stories geared towards younger kids.

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solteronita
Jan. 13th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Tell her maybe next time she should lead story time. Jerk.
baatastic
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
How about getting some of those Chicken Soup books? There are heartwarming stories in there, I think. In fact, I think there's a _Chicken Soup for the Seniors Soul_ And from what I know of them the person doesn't go thru hell and back again before the nice stuff starts to happen like in Reader's Digest(something I've seen you post about before.) Some other books that might be good are "Children's Letters to God" altho I don't know if that would be offensive to any of them. Otherwise, I'm sure if you pop yourself over to a nice big B&N or Borders and tell a friendly bookseller what type of book you're looking for and mention those other two books they may have some suggestions for you.
It does sound like a frustrating time.
rivulet
Jan. 13th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
I actually have read Chicken Soup to them before, I think in November. The problem was that I had to read almost half the book if I didn't want Story Time to take ten minutes. I thought it might be nice to have a longer story or two. But I may go to Borders (I have one a few blocks away) and see if they have any ideas, that's a good plan.

Have you talked to Rach lately?
incognita
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
Can you read the same book multiple days in a row? Like chapter 1-5 the first day 6-10 the next day, etc etc etc.?
rivulet
Jan. 13th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
I've thought about that - this is only the second time I've had Story Time in 3 months, though. I know the previous activities director had a book club, but she only tried it once and from what I hear it didn't work all that well. But it might be something I could try, maybe once a week or something, depending on the other stuff that needs to be done.
ela
Jan. 13th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
You may have tried this, but maybe you could poll them on what activities they would like to see--it sounds like they are a bunch of grumpy people! You don't have to do it in a speak out, but maybe in an anonymous survey--or if you have a couple of people who seem to be on your side, maybe visit them when they are not part of the group and see if they have any suggestions as to what they would like...
rivulet
Jan. 13th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Perhaps I shall do the anonymous thing. We have a community meeting every month, and people give me suggestions (and so far the suggestions I've been given I've put in the schedule, and the people who suggested the activities didn't feel like going to them). But maybe the anonymous thing would help.
ela
Jan. 14th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
I was reading the most recent Newsweek on the train today and there is an article in there about maximizing your potential as you grow older, giving many examples of older people who have done amazing things with their lives. It may be an inspiration to you if you read it--you can maybe relate it back to the people you are working with. The whole issue is on health related/aging topics.

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