January 26th, 2015
Did you know that the library has a service for homebound seniors? It is our “Book Buddy” program, and we offer it at every branch in the county. It is a great program where a volunteer comes to visit a patron every few weeks to bring new books and take back the books that were read.
After a senior fills out an application, we would pair him or her up with a volunteer who has expressed interest in being a Book Buddy to a homebound patron in the county. The Book Buddy coordinator interviews every volunteer to make sure that they would make a good candidate to visit our home-bound patrons. The patron can discuss with the volunteer how often she would like her Book Buddy to visit. We want the schedule to be easy for both the volunteer and the homebound patron, who can call the library and place holds for the volunteer to bring. This way she knows she is getting books she most wants to read.
There is no limit to how many books or audio books she can check out; however, she cannot check out CDs or movies via her Book Buddy. She would actually need to come in herself to do that.
CCPL also has a need for volunteers for the Book Buddy program. If you know anyone who is interested, please send them to the library or download an application from our website: .
Potential volunteers need to fill out an application and sit down for an interview with the coordinator. Their main responsibility would be to bring books to and from the library for the person they are paired with and to sit and visit for a while when they do.
It’s so simple and is such a rewarding experience for everyone involved – without a lengthy time commitment.
Another service that the library offers is the “Book Mate” matching program. If you do not know which book to read next, we can help you with that.
In the branches and our website, fill out the Book Mate form. Fill out the survey of your current favorite titles, authors and genres. A team of librarians is on hand to reply with a personalized list of six recommended titles.
To sign up for the Book Buddy program, all you need to do to begin the application process is to call the volunteer coordinator at the library or head onto the website to download the form. And if you want to be a volunteer, we can never have too many. Just call us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop in and see us about it.