Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-717-3800 • FAX: 949-640-5681

Homebound Program Reaches
Out To Newport Beach Residents

Newport Beach, California—July 17, 2002—
Thanks to the Newport Beach Public Library’s Homebound Delivery Program, Newport Beach residents unable to come to the library due to chronic or temporary illness or disability can be as well read as their more mobile neighbors. Those living in assisted-care facilities in Newport Beach, as well as private residences within city boundaries, are eligible.

The free service provides for the selection and delivery of books, books-on-cassette and CD, and videos on cassette and DVD to customers’ homes. In addition, CD/audio-cassette players are available for those who prefer to "listen" to books.

"This is a great way for those who are elderly, injured or ill to enjoy reading and movies, and to stay mentally alert," explained Charlene Ashendorf, program coordinator. "Whether a customer is interested in the latest Grisham thriller or Nora Roberts romance, we can provide materials to meet their needs."

Once accepted for the service, Homebound Delivery customers receive a preferences form to fill out, to help librarians select materials for them. A trained volunteer talks about reading and entertainment preferences with each customer and serves as a liaison with library staff. Librarians make every effort to select the kinds of materials homebound customers will enjoy.

After materials are selected, a volunteer delivers them and pick ups resources that were previously left. Depending on the desires of the homebound customer, the volunteer can discuss future selections and provide a social link.

Besides a desire to work with homebound library customers, volunteers must have reliable transportation and be able to provide proof of automobile insurance. They must attend two brief training sessions, to learn about the library and working with older or disabled adults. After being matched with a homebound customer, volunteers set up a mutually convenient time for delivery of materials. Most provide between two and four hours of service each month, using their own vehicle to make deliveries.

To receive Homebound Delivery or participate in the program as a volunteer, please call 949-717-3824.