Wake County Libraries Expand Free Program for People with Memory Loss

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Wake County's public library is expanding a free program for people with memory loss. (SewCreamStudio via Shutterstock)

By Leah Sherrell

August 9, 2023

Public libraries in NC’s capitol county are investing in memory care kits that help people connect with family and caregivers.

Wake County libraries are expanding a free program that helps people with memory loss connect with their families, friends, and caregivers.

Memory Care Kits // Wake County Libraries

Wake County Public Libraries now has over 90 themed Memory Care Kits. Each kit can be checked out for up to six weeks and includes six books, a marker set, and a folder of activities. The new kits also include an alternative book set specifically for people with dementia. 

Some themes you can choose from include: 

  • The 1940s and 1950s
  • The 1960s and 1970s 
  • Americana and Travel 
  • Food, Cooking, and Baking 
  • North Carolina  
  • Dogs in Costumes
  • Natural Wonders and Night Skies. 

Over 350 kits have been checked out since the program’s debut in May 2022. Librarians hope these kits are a “low-stress and enjoyable” activity that engage the mind and help people connect. 

To check out a kit, reserve one online one week in advance, and choose one of the 23 locations where you can pick it up. All you need is a library card, which is available for free to all Wake County residents. 


  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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