The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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March 27, 2013

Library delivers materials to homebound residents

ENID, Okla. — Homebound Enid residents can have library materials delivered to them through a partnership between Public Library of Enid and Garfield County and RSVP.

Christy Baker, RSVP executive director, said the cooperative effort will reach out to Enid Mobile Meals recipients and also includes any resident in the city limits who has transportation barriers or cannot get to the library regularly to check out items.

Baker and Library Director Michelle Mears have been working on the program for several months.

“We’re ecstatic to get this program out into our community,” Baker said.

Homebound delivery is an essential service, said Mears.

“The library used to have a homebound delivery program, and we are very happy, and Christy and RSVP have stepped up and are helping us to offer this service again,” Mears said.

Library staff will contact homebound residents and gather materials to check out to them.

A rotating schedule will be established, depending on the number of people needing assistance, and the library will coordinate with RSVP for delivery by volunteers.

Special bags are being purchased that keep the items clean and dry during delivery.

“A person does not have to be physically disabled to use the homebound service,” Mears said. “Anyone who is challenged by transportation or other issues can use the service.”

Those receiving the service should have a library card and complete an application letting the library know what type of material they want.

People who temporarily are homebound, due to surgery or extended illness, also are eligible.

“Our effort is to help those who cannot help themselves. We are a community full of volunteers and patrons who are willing and able to help others, and we thought this would be the perfect union of our two services,” Baker said.

The library also is able to help people apply for services from the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Enid library can help with the application process for services.

Delivery is expected to begin April 15.

Anyone who can benefit from homebound delivery should call RSVP at 233-5914 or the Enid library at 234-6313.

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