Seniors can visit the Magnet four mornings per week: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in the Heller Commons; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to noon at Minneapolis Central Library at 300 Nicollet Mall. Individuals over the age of 50 and of all faiths are welcome at both locations.
The Magnet program offers older adults a place to gather for coffee, conversation, and cultural and educational events. An advisory board comprised of library staff, church members and seniors has formed to plan programs, ranging from chair yoga and healthy diets to board game competitions and book discussions. The program is drop-in; no reservations are required.
The Minneapolis Central Library opened the Magnet Senior Center in July 2017 in response to the closing of the Skyway Senior Center last March. Due to budget constraints, the center was open only two mornings a week for two and half hours. A Westminster member and frequent Skyway Center attendee approached church leaders about the need for seniors to have more options for a place to go for social support and learning. “By combining and leveraging our resources, both the Library and Westminster can better serve the seniors in our community,” said Dillon Young, service manager at Minneapolis Central Library. The Rev. Dr. David Tsai Shinn, added, “The Library has wonderful programming expertise but has space and budget limitations. Westminster can provide financial support, meeting space our building, and free parking.”
We invite all seniors to stop by the center at either location.
Questions? Contact Magnet Director, Angelique Kingsbury.