12 March, 2008

Home Library Services

Marie McMahon, Aged services officer
This Friday Yarra Plenty is hosting a workshop for library managers and outreach library staff to discuss future directions for home library services. As our population ages, there is a greater need for libraries to deliver books and other materials, especially talking books, to people who can no longer visit the library. The aim of the workshop is to share information and ideas and discover new technologies, such as Vision Australia's Daisy reader and Overdrive, the downloadable media now available from Yarra Plenty.

Home library service is the library version of Meals on Wheels for library materials. We have a wide range of books in large print and talking books for those whose eyesight might be failing. We also hold current magazines, a huge range of dvds and music cds. Materials are delivered to people in their homes by volunteers who select the material and deliver it on a regular basis.

As well as home delivery, the library also has an outreach vehicle that was commissioned at the end of 05. It is a state of the art purpose built mobile library for ambulatory older people who cannot access their branch library. With its wheelchair lifter, it is accessible for people in wheelchairs and on walking frames. It visits assisted living accommodation in the region on a regular roster.

If you know of anyone who loves to read but has difficulty getting to the library because of sickness or disability please phone Marie McMahon, our Aged Services Officer, on 9401 0725 or email mmcmahon@yprl.vic.gov.au. Referral forms are available at all our libraries and can be downloaded here.

Also, if you know of a facility that would be interested in having the Outreach Vehicle visit, or you are interested in volunteering we would love to hear from you.

Have you used these outreach services? What do you think of them? Please let us know.

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