Do you know someone who would benefit from our Home Library service? This is a free and convenient way for housebound residents to borrow library items. A volunteer selects items to meet each person’s individual needs and interests and delivers them on a monthly basis.
Greta Nuttall, 83-year-old resident of Heidelberg Heights, is unable to travel to the library since she developed problems with her hip. Now, four years on, she reads an average of eight books a month and is working her way through Danielle Steel, Maeve Binchy and Nora Roberts novels. Greta looks forward to when volunteer MaryAnne Bennie visits. The two women have developed a strong friendship and enjoy spending time chatting and sharing stories. Ms Bennie is a very busy business owner and grandmother and thinks that volunteering – especially through home library – is an relaxed, flexible and personal way to help the community and make new connections.
Greta also uses her computer to place holds on desired items which MaryAnne can deliver to her when they become available. Both women were very excited when the Heidelberg leader took an interest in their friendship and the home library service and they were featured in the paper on the 9th of February.
Yarra Plenty Regional Library would like to reach out to the community members who may be unaware of the service as a way for them to access information and entertainment but also to connect with others.
If you are interested or know someone who would benefit from this service, or wish to volunteer, please contact the Seniors and Volunteers Coordinator on 9088 3425.