Memory Kits

Memory Kits are designed to help older adults experience the joy of reminiscing about the past sharing their past experiences. Memory kits also offer younger audiences a new perspective on history and prompt the exchange of experiences in intergenerational groups. Kits designed by Bi-Folkal Productions and MEternally are available for use by library staff.

NEW in 2020! Each MEternally Kit includes a DVD containing a mix of approximately 50 high quality photographs, videos and background music with an average 17.5 second refresh rate while fading to the next picture or video. The automatic continuous looping allows you to utilize the DVD in unattended mode in a lobby, multipurpose, recreation, activity room or anywhere you have a DVD Player. Kits also include a set of 32 double sided photo cards, 8 companion activity cards which include activity options, Q&A, trivia, and conversation starting ideas for a total of 16 activities.

Bi-Folkal Program Kits provide captivating, informing, and stimulating activities for older adults. Focusing on reminiscence, remembering, and reflecting, each kit is designed to unlock remarkable stories, humorous anecdotes, and first-person accounts of history, experience, and life. The kits include an audio-visual presentation (DVD/CD), audio to sing along with plus stories or mood music, booklets, things to touch, skits or jokes, and a how-to-do-it guide with instructions on how to get a program going.

Bi-Folkal Mini-Kits prompt the same memories as the complete Bi-Folkal program kits, but they're designed for a shorter program. With the Mini-Kit, presenters have to gather most of the things to touch, and they have to make their own photocopies.

Bi-Folkal SLIDEAS volumes include a variety of topics that each come with 20 slides and a Leader's Guide, which includes a script to read along with the slides, discussion questions, program ideas, and suggested resources.

Availability: Full Members Only

Length of Loan: 2 Weeks

Designated Users: Library Staff and Patrons*

Delivery Method: Statewide Delivery

*In-library use only; kits may not be checked out.

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MEternally

The Autumn Reminiscence Collection by MEternally is an eye pleaser with the beauty and vivid colors of fall, the excitement of going back to school, the plentiful and colorful harvest and working in the kitchen to preserve the harvest. Soothing and happy background music provides comfort and brings joy to your environment.

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MEternally

The Cat Reminiscence Collection by MEternally is for everyone who loves their kitty cats. Whether the fierce and beautiful big cats or the sweet kitten that fits in a coffee cup, they are absolutely mesmerizing. Their unique shapes, sizes, fur, and of course their beautiful and colorful eyes bring us joy. Whether they take a cat nap or pounce on a string for fun, they are sure to win your heart. Relax to the music and enjoy the cat collection.

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MEternally

The Dog Reminiscence Collection by MEternally brings out the dog lover in us all. With their sad eyes and wagging tails they make our hearts melt. From sleepy dogs, to the everyday dog chores, tricks, and playtime it is no wonder they are called man's best friend. Relax to the music and signs of dogs of all ages that are resting or sleeping, and find joy in the mix of so many different breeds with their variety of colors, sizes and character traits.

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MEternally

The Farm Reminiscence Collection by MEternally was created to honor the farmer and farm family. The Farm Collection includes photographs and videos of not only the tractors and implements used in farming, but the beauty of the fields, the unique shapes and colors of barns old and new, and the fun and work of growing a vegetable garden in your back yard.

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MEternally

The Great Outdoors Reminiscence Collection by MEternally was created for everyone who enjoys the crisp morning air, the warmth of the campfire, the thrill of the hunt, and pulling out the net to bring in the catch of the day. The Great Outdoors Collections includes photographs of not only the gear used for outdoor activities, but the locations and settings to start conversations and memories flowing and features the following categories: Camping, Fishing, Hunting and Paddling & Rowing.

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MEternally

The Handyman Reminiscence Collection by MEternally brings with it the fond memories of home ownership and the hard work of upkeep. Whether crafting a heirloom piece of furniture, or pulling weeds, each experience is an investment in time which makes your house a home. If you learned to change your own oil, or helped out in changing a flat tire, share your experiences while reminiscing. The Handyman Collection features Yardwork, Woodworking, Family Mechanic and Home Maintenance.

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MEternally

The Homemaker Collection opens conversation and memories of keeping a living space clean while creating those special touches that make it a home. If you learned to sew from a family member, or can recall the smell of clean sheets taken from the clothesline, you will enjoy these videos. The videos are slow changing slideshows of both photos and video clips with an easy to use menu. Soothing and happy background music provides comfort and brings joy to your environment.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

This 14-minute video explains Bi-Folkal Kits to potential users. In this video, viewers will see and hear (a) a kit unpacked, with the pieces described; (b) excerpts from the audio-visual presentations from a variety of kits; (c) an intergenerational group using a kit; (d) the reasons for providing reminiscence programming; and (e) suggestions for community groups that might use the kits.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

People don't wear aprons like they used to. But there are aprons on many of the women--and some of the men--in our memories. Explore those memories with the help of this apron-themed Bi-Folkal Mini Kit.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Best for programs in December. It's for remembering Christmas past and planning for Christmas next at any time of the year. This is a cool program topic for July-the perfect time to start making those new decorations and gifts!

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Easter is about gathering with families and friends, exchanging eggs, feasting, exchanging cards, rebirth, and welcoming spring into the house and garden. Explore memories of Easter with the pictures and activities included in this Bi-Folkal Mini Kit.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Long-ago and faraway friends are with us in our hearts and memories. This program will help bring them back and keep them close. And it will provide a warm environment for discovering new friends. This is just the thing for your volunteer recognition event!

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Bi-Folkal Productions

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the images of Jewish holidays and history, family scenes, culture and entertainment included in this Bi-Folkal Mini Kit.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

"We live as long as we are remembered." This Russian proverb is a comforting thought. And it's the reason we think that any day--or every day--is a good time to celebrate those who have made a difference in our lives. The activities, photographs, and discussion ideas included in this Bi-Folkal Mini Kit are just the things to memorialize those who we never want to forget.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

See a historical magazine cover, greeting card, parade shots, the opening of the Shamrock Hotel, the new postage stamp honoring Irish Immigration, the Empire State Building lit up for the holiday, the Chicago River running green, even good old Saint Patrick himself. You won't see any leprechauns or pots of gold here, just images and activities to prompt discussion and memories with your group. A script for the slides is included in the Leader's Guide.

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MEternally

The Patriotic Reminiscence Collection by MEternally was created to honor the Active Duty, Reserve and Veterans of the United States military branches. The Patriotic Collection includes photographs of not only service members, but the uniforms, weapons, and tools used in their profession. Remember the transportation used in the services, including ships, tanks, aircraft, and land vehicles, pay tribute to Old Glory through the Red, White and Blue video, and honor our heritage by capturing Independence Day with colorful fireworks and family celebrations. The Patriotic Collection captures veterans, war memorials and landmarks.

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Bi-Folkal Productions
Here are the sights and sounds, the moods and music of the twenties. For those too young to remember, they offer the feel of the times. For those old enough to remember, they bring back memories of everyday life. Whatever your age, you won't want to miss this Bi-Folkal Program Kit about the Jazz Age, the Era of Wonderful Nonsense. It's the bees knees.
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Bi-Folkal Productions

"The lessons of the past can help to create a more promising future," Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, The Substance of Things Hoped For. That's why this Bi-Folkal program kit was created--to prompt memories and discussion. This complete program package is stuffed with everything you need to do a program--or a whole series of programs--with almost any group in your community. Each kit piece has been chosen to highlight the contributions of African Americans so that these accomplishments will be honored by people of all ages and cultures.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

They stay with us forever, the cars of our youth. Who can't name their family's first car? Who can ever forget the car in which he or she learned to drive--its color, its bulk, its very odor? Rev up for a fast-paced discussion of cross-country trips in other decades, first cars, favorite cars, perhaps even a fender-bender. Help each person write an auto-biography! Talk about women drivers and teen-age drivers and mature drivers. You oughta have an auto program with your group.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Another birthday? Celebrate! Each candle represents a year, with all of the work and play, sadness and joy, laughter and tears that it took to live it. Each birthday offers an opportunity to reflect on those years, and to make plans for the candle to come. So, many happy returns This kit offers a wide variety of ideas for discussion, celebration, and fun. Use this kit with intergenerational groups and families to promote understanding of what aging is all about. Help stamp out those tired old over the hill jokes.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

There was a time in a more rural America when the fair offered the opportunity for days off from work to show off a year's work raising animals, sewing, crafting, preserving, baking. A time to learn about new things, to play games, to see friends and neighbors. Recapture that time. Consider working on a project for next year's fair. Plan a field trip. With this kit, everyone can go to the fair!

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Bi-Folkal Productions

"Remembering Fall Frost you say? You ask me whether I had any frost to my place this morning'?" So begins an irresistible invitation to remember autumn's past--the sights and sounds and smells, the textures, and the taste treats. The first part of the media is an entertaining nine-minute monologue. After this narrator tells his story, your group members will want to tell theirs. Who can help but notice how getting ready for winter has changed over the years? It's a cool and refreshing program topic for a hot summer afternoon.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

It has been said that nothing in the American scene has changed so much in the last half-century as country life. This kit offers the opportunity to explore the sights, sounds, aromas, sweat, tears, work and laughter that have gone into the farms where today's adults were children. This kit is for those who remember another pace of life, and for those who wish they did.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

This is a topic of perpetual interest, because fashion is, after all, an endless replay. What is in fashion now has been in before and will be out and then in again. Each generation chooses its own fashions and rejects others. Hair, swimwear, shoes, that one unforgettable outfit--they are all great topics for women and men to remember and talk about.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

The games of life. Any number can play. Everyone can win. All you have to do is join in. You have to be willing to forget all your cares and troubles for awhile and let the most important thing be the game itself. Board games. Cards. Recess. Backyard fun. Remember?

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Bi-Folkal Productions

This kit can take people to the "places where they like to be"--in their memories, in their dreams, in their imaginations. Once there, the goal is to discover what there is about our dream homes that may be transferred to the places where we are now. What is at the "heart of home" for each of us? A favorite item, photograph, texture, sound, scent, or taste may come from the past to make someone feel more at home in the present.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

The universal language. It can say for us what we can't say for ourselves. Without saying a word, music can remind us of the occasions of our lives--the events, the celebrations, the transitions. George Sand wrote, "It is extraordinary how music sends one back into memories of the past. It is extraordinary."

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Here is a warm and fuzzy reminder of the animals who have found a place in our homes and hearts. But even those who don't love animals usually have stories about why they don't. Dog and cat owners like to debate the relative merits of their pets. Music, skits, pictures, and readings are all designed to prompt lively conversation.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

The best way today's children can find out what life used to be like is from yesterday's children. The Great Slate Escape explores the memories of the narrator's grandmother, who started school in a one-room schoolhouse, went to a city high school and college, remembers Chautauquas, and continues to learn.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Every year, just when we've had enough winter, spring arrives. The season officially begins on a day in March when the night and day are of equal length. Then according to old songs and legends, wonderful things happen very suddenly. The birds appear in the northern regions, the flowers burst into view, and young men and young women fall in love automatically. That's according to old songs and legends. You'll have to check with the people in your groups to find out the truth.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Conjure up home remedies for common summer ailments such as sunburn, poison ivy, bee stings and insect bites. Trace summer vacation routes on a map. Get some lemons and make real old-fashioned lemonade. And sneak in some sparklers. Reminisce about summertime with this kit.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

"This kit is unique because it fosters a sense of importance for the plight of the individual in the Depression, it encourages the viewer to be a living historian, and it does not compromise on quality of depth by trying for a simplistic presentation. I have shown the program to the young and the old and combinations thereof. It always meets with enthusiasm and a visible deepening of historical understanding...," Dr. Ronald Manheimer, Director, Center for Creative Retirement, UNC Asheville.

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MEternally, Bi-Folkal Productions

Updated with new content! Pictures, music, news events and family stories will bring back memories of the fifties for everyone who was there. They are the same things that will help those who weren't there to understand what the Ike Age was like.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Three generations of Americans now living have been directly affected by World War II--the veterans of the war and the home front, their parents, and their baby boom children. Now is the time to share and compare experiences, insights, and attitudes about that war, and war in general.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Updated with new content! Explore the people, events, and entertainment that made the 60's a unique decade.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Not too long ago trains criss-crossed this country, whizzing passengers to their destinations. Now one songwriter worries about the day his young son will ask him, "Daddy, what's a train?" This kit is "ideal for intergenerational study of train rides themselves or the myriad topics that, like trunk lines, branch out from it." Donna Barkman, in Learning from the Past.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Most of us have spent most of our lives working. Use this kit to gather the stories of paid jobs and work done at home or on the farm. Individually our work experiences are an important part of each of our lives. Taken together they provide a perspective on the work life of a nation.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Explore New Year traditions associated with the only holiday observed all around the world. A Leader's Guide includes a script to read along with 20 slides, discussion questions, program ideas, and suggested resources. Also included are photocopy masters for twelve activities.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) Sweet Memories – A history of the sweets and treats in our lives, (2) Mothers – Women who helped us grow up (related or not), (3) Vacations – Trips remembered and fantasized, and (4) Advertisements – Slogans, tunes, pictures and endorsements.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) The Joy of Food – Growing, fixing, tasting, and remembering food, (2) Weddings – Something old, something new, (3) Elections – Many ways to participate in the political process, and (4) Quilts – Making, saving, and loving the great cover-ups.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) Spring in Bloom – Spring flowers, outside and in, all in brilliant color, (2) Summer Porches – Where you could watch the world go by, (3) Fall Color – School, hunting, raking leaves, and Thanksgiving, and (4) Winter Snow & Ice – The challenges and opportunities.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) Shopping in the Old Ways – The reminiscences of shoppers and storekeepers, (2) Fathers – Use this set to remember a fathers many roles, (3) Post Cards – Talk about when people kept in touch by mail, and (4) Table Manners – Prompt unexpectedly lively discussion.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) My Favorite Toy – Remember the best present you ever got to play with, (2) Toy Store Window – Most popular toys through the decades 1920-50, (3) Our Heroes – Toys inspired by radio, TV, movies, and books, and (4) How to Be a Kid Again – Tin-can stilts, paper dolls, gum wrapper chains.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) Valentines Day – Don't save hearty greetings for just one day a year, (2) Arbor Day – Celebrate trees past, present and future, (3) Fourth of July – Glorious reworks, parades, festivities, and food, and (4) Halloween – A magic night when anything can happen.

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Bi-Folkal Productions

Slide topics in this kit include (1) Reading – Talk about books read and remembered, (2) Airplanes – Remember the first time you saw an airplane, (3) School – Compare school days past with the present, and (4) Thanksgiving – Memories of fourth Thursdays in November.

Publisher:
MEternally

The Spring Reminiscence Collection by MEternally is an eye pleaser with the beauty and vivid colors of butterflies, flowers, birds and animal babies. Soothing and happy background music provides comfort and brings joy to your environment.

Publisher:
MEternally

The Summer Reminiscence Collection by MEternally is an eye pleaser with the beauty and vivid colors of spending the day at the beach, classic cars, boats or fishing. Soothing and happy background music provides comfort and brings joy to your environment.

Publisher:
MEternally

The Winter Reminiscence Collection by MEternally is full of excitement with Fun in the Snow, the beauty of the Winter Wonderland, the savory and sweet from In the Kitchen, and the joy of being Home for the Holidays. Soothing and happy background music provides comfort and brings joy to your environment.