Good things come in a red bag thanks to Home Delivery Services, a free program at Quincy Public Library! The program brings materials to Quincy residents who are homebound due to physical limitations or illness.
“Home Delivery is a very personal service,” explained Jennifer Burkett, Collection and Delivery Service Specialist. “People feel they are getting a visit from a friend. They’re excited to receive new books, movies, music or magazines to enjoy.”
Each month, QPL delivers about 3,000 items to more than 200 grateful patrons.
“Providing library materials to homebound patrons helps them stay connected to the community,” said Bobbi Mock, QPL’s Manager of Circulation and Delivery Service. “Having these resources delivered to them allows them to stay engaged through the enjoyment of library materials. It allows them to keep as active as possible.”
Senior citizens who read often enjoy much more than just a good story. Studies show many benefits of reading, from reducing stress and enhancing sleep to improving memory circuits and sharpening decision-making.
Home Delivery Services are available to any patron who is unable to visit the library, either long term or for a shorter time frame due to a setback in health or mobility. Eligible participants are able to share their tastes in books, movies and music with library staff who then select materials to match these preferences to create a customized package for the reader.
Additional services may be available for patrons with visual or physical disabilities, including Newsline, Talking Books or Radio Information Services.
Would you or someone you know benefit from this program? Learn more by calling Val at 217-223-1309, ext. 217 or visit quincylibrary.org.
QPL Provides Convenient Access to Materials Through Hold Lockers
Too busy to come to Quincy Public Library? No worries, QPL has many handy ways for you to get the material you enjoy in a location that is convenient for you! The library has hold lockers located at the entrance of Iles School, the entrance of Lincoln-Douglas School, inside the café at County Market at 48th and Broadway and next to QPL’s front door. Materials can be collected from any of the lockers, any time of the day or night!
“The goal of the program is to be a bigger part of the community,” says Ruth Cuthbertson, Marketing and Events Librarian. “We are committed to connecting the public to the library wherever they are.”
There are two ways to arrange locker delivery. You can select your material through the library catalog at quincylibrary.org, click on “Place Hold.” This opens a dialogue box to enter your preferred pickup location. Alternativly, call the friendly library staff at 217-223-1309 to request your material and your preferred locker pick up location.
Thousands of items are available to current QPL card holders at any location with digital material from QPL. Choose books, magazines, movies, music, TV shows, graphic novels or audiobooks from home or any other location. Items are available to be streamed or temporarily downloaded for offline use.
To see a complete list of Quincy Public Library services and programs, including digital offerings, visit quincylibrary.org.