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What is Books To You?
Books to You is sponsored by the Library Foundation and is committed to ensuring every citizen in St. Charles County is able to enjoy a true library experience, even if they are unable to come to us. The Books to You program matches our homebound patrons to one-on-one volunteer delivery of library materials. In addition, we deliver a rotating collection of books to senior residential communities. We recently expanded programming to include Book Discussion groups at select sites.
Why is it important?
There are several seniors and other individuals who are unable to come to the library due to disability, illness, or permanent injury. These patrons often experience a sense of isolation and can feel disengaged from the community. Having someone stop by to visit, talk, listen, and care makes a difference. Through reading and regular interaction with our volunteers we improve their quality of life and promote lifelong learning.
How did Books To You get started?
The Books to You program sprang to the life in the Deer Run Branch in the 1970s when two librarians saw a need and decided to do something about it. What started as a small homebound delivery service has evolved over the years as the Library District and the Foundation continue to work to meet the ever-evolving needs of our homebound patrons. See a need, fill a need – that’s what we strive for every day.
What does Books To You provide?
The Foundation currently delivers around 30,000 items, mainly large print books, to over 40 community residential facilities per year through our rotating delivery service. This service keeps new titles in the hands of our patrons and allows them to select a book of high-interest in the comfort of their home.
The Library Foundation also has volunteers in sites around St. Charles County leading monthly book discussions. These discussions are great fun for the residents and the leaders, encouraging literacy, discourse, and engagement.
Most significantly, we focus our efforts to reach homebound individuals by matching them with a one-on-one volunteer to receive personal delivery service of library materials. We currently have close to sixty patrons receiving this unique outreach service.
How do you apply for Books To You services?
The Books to You library outreach service is available for individuals who have a valid resident card, are homebound and cannot travel to a library branch to enjoy library resources. If you have a permanent or temporary disability, illness, or injury that prevents you from visiting one of our library branches, you may request assistance through Books to You. Download the Books to You application and submit to the Foundation for review.
Want to support Books To You?
There are several ways to support and serve Books to You. Volunteering with the Books to You program allows you to see your gift in action right here in the community.
The Library Foundation is always looking for:
- Individuals to lead book discussions at our partner locations
- Individuals interested to deliver items to homebound patrons
- Donations of large print titles
The Books to You program depends on volunteers committed to our senior community. Your support makes this program a success. If you are interested in learning more about Books to You, please contact Extension Services Specialist, Karen Englert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books to You can deliver books, including large print items, DVDs, CDs and other library materials so you can still enjoy your library even if you are unable to get there yourself.
Books discussion sets are a great addition to the Books to You program.
Support for the Books to You program allows us to deliver a rotating library collection to senior residential communities and offer book discussion groups at select sites.
TAKE THE PLEDGE
to read 20 minutes a day!
Volunteer With Us
The Library Foundation is engaging volunteers for two programs; Books to You and Ready to Read as well as general Foundation assistance. Specific opportunities include:
- Mini Library Manager
- Books to You Discussion Leader
- Home Visit Specialist
- Foundation Volunteer
- Teen Outreach Program Leader
Learn more about these volunteer opportunites and how to apply. Download and print the volunteer application here.