Bi-Folkal Program Kits
Kits available for loan to MHLS member libraries through the Interlibrary Loan Department at x224.
- Remembering African American Lives
- Remembering the Fifties
- Remembering Spring
- Remembering 1924
- Remembering Automobiles
- Remembering Birthdays
- Remembering County Fairs
- Remembering the Depression
- Remembering Fall
- Remembering Farm Days
- Remembering Fashion
- Remembering Fun and Games
- Remembering the Home Front
- Remembering School Days
- Remembering Summertime
- Remembering Train Rides
- Remembering Music
- Remembering Pets
- Remembering Work Life
The Ideas Behind Bi-Folkal Kits The following information is from Bi-Folkal Productions, Inc.
Bi-Folkal Kits Are Multi-Sensory
All five senses trigger memories and transmit information. In any group program, the more senses you involve, the more people you involve. And the more you involve them.
- Sight. A picture is worth a thousand memories when you look at it with an older adult. A single photograph of Main Street fifty years ago can prompt an entire afternoon of memories. Hand-held photographs and pictures are great for individuals and small groups. But for larger groups, use slides. What's so great about slides? See the introductory page for Slides.
- Sound. Music is the universal language. Without saying a word, it can remind us of the occasions of our lives - the events, the celebrations, the transitions. In addition to sing-along songs and mood music, Bi-Folkal kits include stories to listen to and discuss.
- Smell. "Nothing awakens a reminiscence like an odor," according to Victor Hugo. We include scented stickers in several of our kits. People scratch, sniff, and remember.
- Taste. Food provides some of the programming opportunities that are the most fun - and the most involving. Our program manuals suggest things to taste to remember the kit topic. And there are recipes for things to make and eat - corn dogs to remember county fairs, butternut squash soup for fall.
- Things to touch. To touch is to make a connection - with an item or texture, with the person passing the object, and perhaps with the memory of a time or a place or an event long since forgotten. Each of our kits includes things to touch related to the kit topic - a silky stocking, a tin cup, a yo-yo, a flour sack, baseball cards, marbles. Do touch!
Bi-Folkal Kits Begin With Remembering
Remembering is the first word of every kit title, and it's the first focus of every item we produce. Reminiscence programs can meet many needs: the need of the family to know and embrace its history; the need of older adults to put their lives in perspective; and the need of the community to understand and honor the accomplishments of earlier generations.
Bi-Folkal Kits Can Make History
All you need is a Bi-Folkal kit and some older adults. Put them together and what do you get? Eye-witness accounts of the past - his story, and her story, too. With a Bi-Folkal kit, you can do it. The memories of people's best times - and other times, too -are waiting to be collected and preserved. Bi-Folkal kits are just the ticket for the time machines ready to depart from the senior center, Grandma's birthday party, a historical society meeting, a nursing home, or the folks' golden anniversary celebration. Anywhere that the experienced and the curious get together, a Bi-Folkal kit can go, to bring back old memories...and to create new ones.