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Book Buddy and Homebound Services

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Book Buddy and Homebound Services
Published on: 1/29/2012 12:00 AM
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Our Books Make House Calls
The Nevada County Library’s Book Buddy program provides library materials to residents who live in Western Nevada County and cannot come to the Library.  The service, provided free of charge, is one-on-one between the Book Buddy volunteer and the homebound individual. The Book Buddy delivers and picks up materials for the homebound individual.
What Materials are Available?
Books, magazines, Large Print Books, books on CD and DVDs.

Library materials are available for a three week checkout period and may be renewed twice. Reference services are also available to homebound patrons.
Who Is Eligible For Service?
Anyone who is handicapped, elderly, chronically ill, or anyone temporarily ill or injured with confinement of six months or longer.
The Book Buddy program is offered to homebound residents who are unable to visit the library. Most of the patrons are older adults who find they can no longer drive or walk to the library.  However, the service is available for those in need both long-term and short-term. 
How Does the Program Work?
The Nevada County Library's Book Buddy Volunteer Coordinator notes the special interests of each homebound patron during an initial interview. Some patrons request specific titles, while others leave it up to their Book Buddy to choose materials based on the profile created during the interview. Requests can be made by a homebound individual through the Library’s online catalog.
What Do Volunteers Do?
Book Buddy volunteers, with the help of Library staff, select materials for each homebound patron based on their interests and special requests. Book Buddy volunteers must be positive, cheerful, enthusiastic and patient. The contact with the homebound match provides vital links of friendship and service.

The Book Buddy and homebound individual will set up a delivery and pickup schedule that is convenient for both of them.  Visits are usually scheduled once a month.  Book Buddy volunteers give their own time (approximately 4-6 hours per month) to serve their homebound patron. 
How To Receive Book Buddy Service?
If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, or if you are interested in participating in the program as a Book Buddy volunteer, please contact the Nevada County Library administrative office at 530-265-1407 for more information.  Please note that this service is for Western Nevada County residents only.

Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) BTBL has braille and audio book titles similar to what you would find at your public library and also offers magazines, movies, newspapers and more! Services are free to all eligible readers. Books (and the equipment needed to use the library's audio books) are mailed postage-free to and from library patrons. There are no fines or fees for overdue or lost materials. Eligible readers include Northern California residents who cannot read standard print material in the usual manner due to visual, physical, or organic dysfunction.
Laura Pappani
County Librarian

980 Helling Way
Nevada City, Ca 95959
Hours: Varies by Branch
Phone: 530.265.7050