Memory kits

Commissioner Randy Maluchnik requested that Carver County Libraries explore adding memory kits as library resources.


(tncms-asset)e272ae4e-a4d8-11e8-9730-00163ec2aa77[0](/tncms-asset) Carver County Public Libraries and Carver County Public Health, Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) have partnered to support the caregivers of and those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias (ADRD) by creating Memory Maker Kits.

The kits were developed by the library’s Adult Services team in collaboration with Carver County Public Health Office of Aging. The goal of the partnership is to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and to increase the number of resources for ADRD. The project originated from Commissioner Randy Maluchnik, who requested that Carver County Libraries explore adding memory kits as library resources.

Twenty-three Memory Maker Kits were added to the collection to be used by caregivers and family caring for people experiencing memory loss. Each kit contains a book, CD and an activity intended to spark memories, conversation, and positive interactions between those with ADRD and their caregivers.

The goal of the kits is for new memories to be created, and includes a notebook that will stay with the kit to share a memory or comments. Complimentary materials to keep are also provided: booklets on exercise and physical activity, caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, and a booklist of suggested reading for caregivers. Two of the kits are in Spanish.

SHIP grant funds were used to purchase the kits. Additional books for the library collection on ADRD and caregivers’ unique needs were also purchased with the grant. Topics include early stages, enriching activities, improving behaviors, effective communication, sexuality, and providing comprehensive care.

A series of programs, “Carver County Cares,” is being offered in fall 2018 that focus on topics of ADRD and caregiving. Programs include Caring for the Caregiver, Advance Care Planning, and a variety of ADRD health issues. Information about the Memory Maker Kits will be shared. Registration is required for all programs. Register in person, by calling your local library or online find a full list of programs at


Authors Collective: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25. The Authors Collective is a group of authors and writers at all stages of the writing process learning together to put our work into book form and market as professionals. Contact Dan O’Brien for more information:

Chanhassen Library Book Club: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28. Join this long-standing book club for a great discussion.


Adult Special Services Story Time: 11:30 to noon and 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27. Enjoy music, age-appropriate picture books, discussion and more. Please contact Angela Hunt at 952-448-3886 if you plan to bring a group for the first time.


3D Design and Print for Kids: 4 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28. Learn about 3D printing and how it could shape the future. Try your hand at 3D modeling and computer-aided design (CAD) to create a personalized project and print on our 3D printer. Projects will be ready for pickup approximately two weeks after each session.


Carver Scott Master Gardener Help Desk: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Bring plant samples and insect disease questions to any of the Yard & Garden Help Desks. Carver/Scott Master Gardeners will help you diagnose problems and answer yard and garden questions. Help will be at the Chanhassen, Chaska and Waconia Libraries on Saturdays through Aug. 25. More information on Carver/Scott Master Gardeners at www.carverscottmaster


Storytime is over for the summer. See you starting Sept. 10!

Patrick Jones is branch manager for the Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. He can be reached at

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.