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Hingham library hopes to revive book-delivery program

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 10, 2012 04:39 PM

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Hingham Public Library is hoping to bring more residents on board with a decades-long, but little-known, program that delivers books to residents who can't get to the library themselves.

According to library Director Dennis Corcoran, the program is currently used by only three people, leaving numerous volunteers with little to do.

“People aren’t as aware as we want them to be. There are only a handful of people at the moment using the service, and we think there are potentially additional people in the community who could benefit by it,” Corcoran said.

Volunteers at the library - lovingly referred to as “pickers” - select books, magazines, videos, DVDs, and audio books based on the clientele, which is generally older residents with mobility issues.

"We can usually find something that works for them,” Corcoran said. “It takes some give and take that Mrs. Jones just likes English mysteries…but it does come together. Some people have been part of the program for a while, and we’re hoping to have a rejuvenation by picking up more people who need the service.”

Another set of volunteers delivers the items to individuals around town. Home delivery patrons receive delivery every other Wednesday.

“It’s a many hands kind of process that works when we have it going. People are highly satisfied as participants,” Corcoran said.

For areas such as Linden Ponds, it would be too cumbersome to go door to door; however, Corcoran said volunteers would be happy to go to a central meeting spot on the campus to drop off books.

Residents who may only need the service for a short period of time due to an illness or accident are also encouraged to participate.

“It isn’t just for somebody who has difficulty getting out of the house on a regular basis,” Corcoran said. “We’re willing to help out [anybody] with people with mobility issues.”

The program isn’t unique to Hingham, as many local libraries offer similar services, Corcoran said.

And although the program will never be massive, it’s still a valuable asset to the community and one worth keeping alive, Corcoran said.

“It's one of those things that we’ve always felt was very important to reach out to individuals who can’t enjoy the library services in the way most the rest of us can,” Corcoran said.

Individuals interested in the home delivery program are asked to call 781-741-1405.

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