Bookworms stuck at home or in hospital are being encouraged to take advantage of the City of Sydney’s Home Library service, which delivers books direct to residents’ doors.
The Home Library service team already visits 35 homes, seven aged-care hostels and 13 childcare centres across Sydney each week, making sure no one misses out on the joy of reading.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Home Library service was a valuable outreach program, and a Sydney tradition that had been in operation since 1955.
“People in our community who are confined to their homes, hostels or hospitals don’t have to miss out on some of the small things we take for granted, like a trip to the library,” Ms Moore said.
“For these people the Home Library service is a precious resource that enables them to keep up with the latest or favourite books, DVDs and magazines, while also connecting them to their community.”
Home Library service users can choose from the hundreds of thousands of books, toys and CDs in the City’s library network or they can rely on the librarians’ recommendations.
The service’s librarians deliver over 600 books each fortnight. Scandinavian crime novels are popular with users, and other regularly borrowed titles include Robert Kaplan’s The Exceptional Brain and Edmund de Waal’s memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes.
Former Australian Women’s Weekly and Fairfax Media journalist Elizabeth Sim is passionate about books and reading and was a regular visitor to Kings Cross Library until she lost a leg to illness 10 years ago.
Now using a wheelchair, Ms Sim, 82, said she found it too difficult to make the trip to the library and had relied on the Home Library service for the past seven years.
“The Home Library service is wonderful because I can’t get to the library, but I love reading and would take out about two books a week,” Ms Sim said.
“The librarians come to my house each fortnight to deliver the books and they are very friendly and usually bring me fairly new books that have been published this year. They know I like biographies and art and, as a rule, their choices have always been superb.”
For more information phone 02 9265 9705 or visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/library
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