Alamance County Public Libraries offers a homebound Outreach Services Program through the main branch, May Memorial Public Library. The Outreach Coordinator oversees volunteers who deliver bins of large-print materials on a monthly basis to homebound patrons throughout the county.
The Outreach Coordinator helps patrons with book selection and materials, and, if necessary, refers patrons to the NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for home delivery of books on tape or in Braille. The Coordinator works with site personnel to meet the needs of patrons living in nursing homes, retirement communities and adult care facilities, as well as those living independently.
Each library branch has a collection of large-print materials available for browsing by patrons who visit the library. Titles with the location “Outreach” in the catalog are unavailable for browsing but may be requested or placed on hold just like any other library material. The library orders large-print copies of the authors and titles most in demand, especially bestsellers.
The lives of the elderly and the homebound are enriched by this valuable service provided by the library. If you are a homebound reader and a resident of Alamance County who is interested in applying for the program, please call 336-229-3588 and ask for Outreach. Caregivers of homebound readers are also encouraged to contact the Outreach Coordinator.
Furthermore, as the use of the Outreach Services Program continues to grow, there is a need for more volunteers to deliver materials to homebound patrons. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 336-229-3588 and ask for Outreach.