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The Library is For Everyone

The Public Library is for Everyone 

            Alamance County Public Libraries provide valuable services every day for all county residents. Simple statement, not often thought about, just something we all take for granted. Why think about this now, and what does this have to do with me?

Libraries are the hub of information, an asset for all residents, and ALL individuals are welcome to make use of all resources offered. It is very possible that there are people, perhaps you or someone you know, who feel due to disabilities, the library is not a place for them. Often there are unseen disabilities that the average person may never consider. The library strives to offer accommodations to ensure we are a place of increased independence for everyone, and this includes services to individuals that are homebound, or perhaps have a disability that prevents visiting the physical library.

Are you or someone you know homebound and would love to have library materials made available to you? Do you or someone you know have a disability that prevents visiting the physical library? Are you looking for a way to volunteer and make a difference in the life of a fellow resident? The library has a solution.

The Alamance County Public Libraries’ Outreach Services Program along with the ACPL Staff Choosing Civility Project, endeavor to reach out and offer library materials to all interested Alamance County residents that are unable to visit a physical branch due to disability and/or age. Outreach provides library materials deliveries each month using program volunteers and the U.S. Postal Service free delivery of books by mail for those with visual disabilities.

The Library extends an invitation for all elderly, disabled, and homebound individuals and/or their caregivers to inquire about materials and resources available for your specific situation. It is our goal to offer a range of materials and resources specific to the needs of individuals as dictated by their circumstance, and/or to make referrals to agencies such as the North Carolina Library for the Blind. We also extend an invitation for individuals to inquire and explore the possibility of becoming a volunteer with the Outreach Program.

Alamance County Public Libraries feel the lives of the elderly, disabled, and the homebound are enriched by the Outreach service. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, please contact Cathy Wright, Outreach Services Coordinator to discuss the resources available and possibilities to meet an individual’s specific needs. Brochure about the program and applications as well as volunteer applications may be picked up at any ACPL location, will be mailed to you upon request, and are available on the Library website www.alamancelibraries.org. Outreach library hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 am until 3:00 pm.

The public library is for everyone. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss ACPL providing materials and the joy of reading to those of you unable to physically visit your library.

Cathy Wright is the Outreach Services Coordinator and may be reached by phone at 336-229-3588, ext. 244, or by email outreach@alamancelibraries.org for more information.