Linda began delivering materials to Library customers in 2009 after moving to Calgary. Like most volunteers, she wanted to contribute her time and energy to something that holds personal meaning and interest for her. As an avid reader, Linda shares a passion for books with the customers she serves.
"One of the things I enjoy most is meeting other book lovers, talking about genres and authors we have in common, and sharing information about new reading possibilities. It’s been an unexpected benefit to become more familiar with the various technologies available to readers, particularly through the Calgary Public Library system.”
From the moment she began volunteering, staff knew Linda would be a great volunteer. Linda is responsive to her readers’ needs, is highly organized, asks thoughtful questions, and displays a great deal of understanding and humour in demanding situations. Many Calgary Public Library volunteers go above and beyond their formal volunteer role, and Linda is no exception. In the past she went so far as to assist one woman with her garden because it brought the reader so much joy.
The Homebound Readers program is effective because committed and caring individuals are willing to brighten the days of customers who cannot visit libraries due to health or mobility concerns. This valuable service keeps essential literacy skills from declining due to accessibility issues and promotes overall health through enjoyment of library materials in a variety of formats. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this service, please contact 403-260-2703 for more information.