Helping Those with Disabilities and the Elderly Receive Books

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Helping those with disabilities or unable to leave their residence is something that Deborah Perry from the Anderson Public Library is very passionate about.  Deborah is the library’s outreach specialist and helps many elderly and those with disabilities to gain access to resources that otherwise wouldn’t be available for them.

Deborah, who has been working at the library for 24 years, started the outreach program originally with a 1986 Chevy Step-van that was known as the bookmobile.  In 2008, the library purchased a new vehicle, affectionately called Vinny, that allows her to bring books and services to residents around the county.

The outreach program specifically allows those with a visual/physical disability, the elderly, hospice patients, nursing home/adult day care residents, as well as those with no viable means of transportation to check out books and audio books from the library without having to physically be there.  Deborah goes out on a two week schedule to deliver books to these residents for free after they call in a request and are approved for the service.

The program goes beyond just delivering books.  Through the years, patrons who use the service become like family to Deborah.  She said that it gives them another person to talk to and check on them.

In addition, the program includes bringing library programming, like book readings and musical entertainment that Deborah specializes in, to adult as well as child daycares, nursing homes, etc.  She also specifically helps the visually impaired to sign up with the Kentucky Talking Book Library to receive specialized equipment so they can still enjoy books.

Deborah wants to get the word out about the service.  “I just think there is a lot more people that aren’t aware of the free book service,” she said.  If there is anyone interested in the free book service or daycare programs, she said to contact her via calling the library at 839-6420.

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