Home library service provides valuable community service
  • Thursday 28 July 2016
ImageThe residents of Blue Care Maleny Erowal Aged Care Facility continue to experience the magic of reading and learning thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s Maleny Library home library service.

Division 5 and Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said people love visiting their favourite library as it offers a fulfilling experience.

“However, there are some borrowers who cannot for one reason or another access a library and that’s where council’s home library service comes in,” Cr McKay said.

“This region-wide service is wonderful as they deliver books directly to the borrower’s home, or in the case of Blue Care, to their Erowal aged care facility.

“This regular service relies on the support of wonderful volunteers who deliver and return books and other items.

“They also offer the valuable social contact that people receive when they visit their favourite library which is a real community hub and meeting place.”

Blue Care Volunteer Co-ordinator Roma Burrell praised the Maleny Library staff for assisting their volunteers to select books from the Sunshine Coast Libraries collection.

“Sustaining residents’ love of reading and learning was something our centre had a keen eye on doing for some time before Maleny Library offered their wonderful program,” she said.

“The program has been running successfully for several years and involves delivering books directly to our resident’s rooms and importantly they suit the interests of each individual.

“Some residents who used to read a lot have changed to audio books and like most avid readers they are good at imagining while they listen to their stories.

Ms Burrell said she would also like to thank the Friends of Maleny Library and Rotary for supplying CD players and ear phones. They have been an enormous help as they come with a special USB connection.

“I have been a Volunteer Coordinator with Blue Care’s Maleny Erowal Aged Care Facility for several years and I cannot express my gratitude enough to the staff and volunteers of the Maleny Library,” she said.

To find out more about the home library service call 5475 8989 or visit council’s library website www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to view the extensive range of benefits as a library member.

For more information about Blue Care please visit www.bluecare.org.au.

Image caption: Blue Care Volunteer Co-ordinator Roma Burrell pictured with Erowal resident and library member Joan and volunteer Carole.