During my time in Auburn, I have noticed that participation in the library tends – not surprisingly – to decrease in the cold and snowy winter months. In conversations with a number of people, and by talking to my colleagues around the state and here in town, it has become clear that in some cases, people simply cannot get out enough to use the library.
That is why we are starting, this November, the Griffin Free Public Library Homebound Program.
Our goal is to deliver books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other library materials to users who cannot get to the library due to long term injury, physical disability, or transportation issues (including inability to drive in poor weather). These items would be checked out to the user on their own library card just like if they visited the building – but our group of workers and volunteers would deliver the books to their door and pick up the books 2-4 weeks later.
We are excited about the opportunity to provide this service to people who might be otherwise unable to take advantage of the library’s materials and services. At this time, we are preparing registration materials, questionnaires (to make sure participants get materials they are interested in), and information for interested volunteers and/or donors.
I am delighted to announce that the Saul O. Sidore foundation has provided a grant, in memory of Rebecca Lee Spitz, to Griffin Free Public Library to help fund the initial year of service, including a generous sum for new items for our users to check out.
At this time, I am seeking a list of individuals interested in volunteering for this project. We would begin with a little training in October, and with deliveries in November. Volunteers will be responsible for delivery and pickup of library materials from program participants, and in some cases, selecting items to take to participants. We do not anticipate this being a massive time commitment, and we will be flexible in what days we deliver to accommodate our volunteers. Volunteers will be sent in pairs in order to ensure additional safety.
If you are interested in more information and/or in volunteering for this project, please let me know via the form below. Stay tuned for more information on the program, including registration materials for prospective users, available in September.