Homebound Readers

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Overview

The Homebound Reader Program provides library service to customers who are temporarily or permanently unable to visit the Library due to mobility or health concerns and who have no alternative means of obtaining library materials. The Library relies on a network of volunteers to provide the link between the Library and its homebound customers.


Goals

To provide access to library resources and materials to Calgarians who are unable to visit the library due to mobility or health concerns.

To promote lifelong learning, inclusion and independence.

To increase awareness and use of library resources, services and programs.


Qualifications

Strong interpersonal & communication skills.

Physical ability to carry library materials.

Ability to provide your own transportation.

Genuine interest in volunteering with the elderly and sharing the love of reading with others.


Responsibilities

Select, deliver and return library materials to homebound individuals based upon the reader’s personal reading interests and reading considerations.

Consult with your homebound reader to arrange for mutually convenient meeting times.

Maintain regular contact with library staff to discuss the homebound customer’s needs.

Commit to participate in the program for a minimum of one year

Respect confidentiality


Training

Volunteers participate in a two hour training session to review the services and resources offered by Special Needs Services.


Benefits

Develop lasting relationships with their reader.

Make new connections and contribute directly to local communities

Seniors can remain active by delivering books to those who are no longer able to visit a branch


Help Needed


All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please fill out an application and we’ll contact you when a position becomes available.

Contact

Tammy Profili

Tammy.Profili@calgarypubliclibrary.com

403-260-2755

Apply to volunteer