Memory Kits

Your San Anselmo Public Library received grant from the California State Library Mental Health Initiative and the Southern California Library Cooperative, awarding your library a series of kits intended to aid families with members experiencing Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Research indicates that interactive and multi-sensory materials used with people experiencing Dementia/Alzheimer’s promote positive results. We now have seven kits to offer our community:

  • Three Memory Lane Kits

  • Three Memory Activity Kits 

  • Caregiver Kit 


All kits check out for 3 weeks and must be returned inside the San Anselmo Public Library.


Memory Lane Kits: Hands-on activity kits based on a familiar decade

1940s

Portable CD player with cord
CD -- #1 Hits of the 1940s
Booklet "1945 Remember When... A Nostalgic Look Back in Time" 
Book: 1940s Fashion in Pictures
Conversation Cards for Adults -- Volume 1: Familiar Words
Set of Wooden Dominoes

1950s

Portable CD player with cord
3-disc CD set #1 Hits of the 50s
5-disc DVD Musical Collector's Set "The Golden Age of Musicals"
Booklet "1955 Remember When... A Nostalgic Look Back in Time"
Animal Snaps Card Game
Pocket Pack: Add 'Em Up Dice Game
Book: 1950s Memory Lane

1960s

Portable CD player with cord
CD -- Pure 60s
Timeslide Loves Album
Booklet "1965 Remember When... A Nostalgic Look Back in Time"
Uno Card Game
Book: 1960s Memory Lane by Hugh Morrison

Memory Activity Kits: Hands-on activity kits based on the stages of Dementia/Alzheimer's

Beginning to Middle Stages

3 card games: Old Maid, Animal Rummy, and Go Fish
Conversation Cards for Adults
Match the Dots Game
Match the Shapes Game
Word Search Grab and Go
Jigsaw Puzzle
2 Books: Who Was Walt Disney by Whitney Steward & Who Were the Beatles by Geoff Edgers

Middle to Late Stages

Match the Chips Game
Conversation Cards for Adults
Grip Ball Game
Match the Suits Card Game
Infinity Maze
Aquapaint "In the Garden" and two paint brushes
2 Books: 1950s Fashion in Pictures by High Morrison and Bloom Bloom! by April Pulley Sayre

Late Stages

Twiddle Pup
Match the Pins Game
Fidget Widget
Animal Snap Card Game
Tactile Twist Sensory Product
2 Books: The Wonder of Fireworks by Rebecca Westinghouse and California's Beautiful Rock Formations by Cameron Struve

The Caregiver Kit has four books and five information brochures

  • Books: 
    The 36-Hour Day by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins
    Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    Alzheimer's Early Stages by Daniel Kuhn
    The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros

  • The flyers are all from the Alzheimer's Association and are titled:  Communication, Take Care of Yourself, Basics of Alzheimer's Disease, 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease, and Activities at Home.

The Caregiver Kit includes four books and information brochures. The books and information in this kit are intended to offer support to caregivers with family members experiencing Dementia/Alzheimer's and should not be used to form the basis of a medical diagnosis. This kit is NOT intended to replace medical care or information provided by a medical professional.