Library Launches Homebound Program

FROM STAFF REPORTS

County residents unable to get around will have an opportunity to enjoy library materials at home.

Ste. Genevieve County Library is launching a new Homebound Program beginning this month.

“We are excited to kick this program off in 2021,” said Shawn Long, library director. The program is made possible by a grant from the Senior Services Fund of Ste. Genevieve County.

“Originally when we wrote the grant our focus was going to be in-person technology classes. However, after the pandemic wiped away our in-person programming we started looking at other ways to utilize that grant,” Long said. “We were then able focus our efforts on this program and purchased 50 courier bags, magnifying cards, and some miscellaneous items needed to get the program off the ground.”

The program is starting small with the library delivering only to patrons residing within 15 miles of the main branch. Long stressed that “the goal is to get our entire county covered – however, with this being a new program we want to iron out any issues and gauge interest within the community before expanding out further.”

Residents who are unable to leave their home due to age-related issues, disability, or illness for extended periods of time are also able to utilize the homebound program. This program is open to any Ste. Geneveve resident within a 15-mile radius regardless of having a library card or not.

“We can sign up patrons over the phone for a Library card and have them sign their registration on the day of their first delivery,” stated Shawn. Deliveries will be the second Wednesday of the month, with the first de