The Wire - August 2018

For many years, Marion Public Library has quietly provided an important service to a group of local residents. The Library’s homebound delivery service provides library materials to almost 60 community members who are physically unable to travel to the library. Library staff members get to know each patron’s reading tastes and favorite authors and genres. Then, items that match the patron’s interests are hand-picked and delivered every three weeks. Homebound patrons can also choose to receive maga- zines, audiobooks, and DVDs/Blu-rays. The typical recipient of the service is elderly and usually resides in one of a number of assisted living facilities or nursing homes in Marion. Not everyone who receives deliveries fits this description, though, and everyone’s individual story is unique. “ I have been a reader since I was a small child, and to get the books I see advertised opens a whole new world for me. I get lost in books,” says Nanci, a local resident who has re- ceived the homebound service for the past 9 years. “I turn off the TV and it’s my quiet time,” she adds. There are any number of issues that can keep people away from the Library. Diane Watson, Marion Public Library’s communi- cations and marketing director, wants the community to know that they can still stay connected. “If you can’t come to us, we want to come to you,” Watson stated. While there is a limit to the number of residents that can be served in this manner, Watson said that there is still capacity to serve more patrons who meet the requirements. Those requirements include having a physi- cal or mental disability that prevents trans- portation to the Library. "Most people who are in an assisted living facility or nursing home qualify, but we also have a number of patrons who are still at home, just unable to get out and about,” commented Watson. As for Nanci, her connection to the Library has helped her deal with the pain and dis- comfort she experiences on a daily basis, and she wants others to know that the service exists for them if they need it. Referring to her visits from Library staff, she states that “it would be my hope that people who can't get out would experience what I experience.” The Marion County Council on Aging contributed $2,500 in grant funding to the Library’s homebound service for 2018, enhancing the Library’s collection of large print books and audiobooks, which are used heavily by the homebound patrons. Serving our Community’s Homebound Population Director’s Note Gary Branson Executive Director The 90th edition of the Summer Reading Club at Marion Public Library just wrapped up and what an amazing few months it’s been! This summer was filled with events and programs that kept kids engaged in learn- ing and reading while school is out. We had nearly 1,050 children register for Summer Reading Club this year, and they read for a total of 6,300 hours! Thanks so much to all of our community’s organizations and businesses that contributed to making this a truly memorable summer. A special thank you to the Marion Rotary Foundation for their gener- ous grant that went towards bringing in many excellent programs during Sum- mer Reading Club. A few of these events brought hundreds of visitors to the Library, which shows just how popular they were. Here’s to the next 90 years of Summer Reading @ your For more program information and updates, visit MarionLibrary.org or call 740-387-0992 August 2018

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