My Town: Mentor Public Library Delivers Books to the Homebound

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MENTOR, Ohio-For those who can’t get to the library, Mentor Public Library (MPL) brings the books to them.  The library’s Homebound Services program delivers large-type and regular-print books, books on CD and tape, magazines, DVDs to the elderly and temporarily-or-permanently homebound patrons.

MPL Community Outreach Coordinator Pam Rose says she loves delivering the books and meeting the people.

“I am learning from their example. They are a wealth of knowledge and provide insight into what life was like for them in their early years,” said Rose. “This also helps me understand what they need from us.  Personally, their zest for life is inspiring.”

One example is 95-year-old retired school teacher Vicky Barden, who reads about 20 books a month.

“Every time Pam brings me books it is like Christmas in July,” she said. “Books are my whole world.  She brings the whole world to my door month after month.  (With a book) you can be any place in the world you want to be.  The words will take you there.  You are having the best life there is. I can go to my favorite places.  I can go to Paris and eat escargot…be in Vienna in 1898.”

“These people are so happy to see us,” said Leslie Pernus who assists with deliveries. “It brightens up their day.  This is a great job and very rewarding for me.  I try to spend a few moments with them and ask them how they are feeling.”

For  more information on the homebound service program, contact Pam Rose at (440)255-8811 ext. 204.

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