Posted on March 30, 2015
Books 2 GO – A partnership with Elgin County Library & West Elgin Community Health Centre
Elgin County Public Library is partnering with the West Elgin Community Health Centre (WECHC) Community Support Services to offer mobile Library service, “Books 2 GO”, to individuals that are homebound and love to read. If you don’t have a Library card the Library will set you up with a card on your first delivery of books.
Over 130 persons with mobility and transportation challenges currently receive weekly visits from the WECHC program volunteers. As of March they will be eligible to add “Library Service” to their visits. These home visits promote healthy communities and help to alleviate loneliness, especially in the winter months.
Elgin County Library staff at the Rodney, West Lorne, and John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library – Dutton branches will be working with seniors, adults with disabilities and volunteers to determine selections of materials for their new clients. Participants will not only have access to books but all Elgin County Library collection items including DVDs, CDs, Playaway Packs, Books on CD, and Magazines. Bags of materials will be created to suit the interests and needs of each participant in addition to the option of ordering specific materials from the on-line catalog.
The partnership with West Elgin Community Health Centre is an example of how organizations can work together to help support the needs of Elgin County.
“We are thrilled to be offering the “Books 2 GO” program. Partnering with WECHC has provided us with a unique opportunity to offer a service that directly meets the needs of the communities we serve. We are look forward extending our service to those who would benefit greatly from our collection and resources. We hope in the future to find a similar collaboration in the East end of the County”, stated Sandra Poczobut, Manager of Programming and Community Development – Elgin County.
The Elgin County Library has many rich on-line resources. With an Elgin County Library card patrons can stream movies using IndieFlix, learn a new language with Mango Languages, access e-books using Overdrive, and search through numerous databases. Participants in “Books 2 GO” with an internet connection at home will also have an opportunity to learn how to access these services.
For more information please contact Shelly Vergeer, Coordinator of Community Support Services for Seniors and Disabled Adults at 519-768-1715 Ext. 2210 or the West Lorne Library at 519-768-1150
To find out more please visit http://www.elgincounty.ca/library
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