Library homebound service operational - 19/05/2011
The Wanganui District Library Homebound Service is now up and running, offering a range of library services to individuals who have difficulty visiting the library whether due to temporary incapacity through illness or injury; disability; or because of age.
A generous bequest from Josephine Duncan, a long-time supporter of the library, enabled Wanganui District Library to partner with Age Concern Wanganui in developing a service for homebound residents of the district.
The free service provides access to all items that can be borrowed from the library including books, magazines and talking books.
“This is a really great service,” says Cr Sue Westwood. “It is an excellent initiative to extend our library services to people in our community who, for whatever reason, have been unable to access library services in the past.”
“Wanganui people have a library service they can be proud of which offers an innovative approach to encouraging literacy in the community, through the library at Gonville and the Mobile Library service. This is another example of the way in which the library works to ensure that everyone in the community has access to books.”
The library is keen to hear from people who would like to use this service. They are also looking for volunteers to help deliver books and make the scheme a success. To access the homebound service or to volunteer contact Carol Tong, phone 349 3203.