(Program provided by Reference Services)
The Walking Books program was developed through a cooperative effort of the New
Albany-Floyd County Public Library, The South Central Indiana Council for the
Aging and Aged, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Its purpose is to deliver library books to homebound readers who due to age or
physical disability are unable to go to the library themselves. Both the
library and the Council for the Aging believe in the right of all individuals
to participate in the lifelong learning process that books make possible.
How does the program work?
Interested participants will be visited by the Walking Books librarian to determine their eligibility and reading interests.
On the second Thursday of each month between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. (unless otherwise requested), a volunteer will deliver books to each Walking Books patron and pick up books delivered the month before.
Who Can Participate?
Any resident of Floyd County, 18 years or older, who is physically unable to come to the library.
The Walking Books Program May Have A Waiting List
What can be obtained?
10 library books, audio books, CD's and/or magazines per delivery.
Want to know more about becoming a Walking Books patron?
Please Contact the Reference Services Desk at 949-3523.
Policy for Participants
1. Any resident of Floyd County, 18 years or older, who is physicially unable
to come to the library may participate in the program.
2. The participant is responsible for the care of the books and must be willing
to pay for any books that are lost or damaged.
3. Interested participants will be visited by the Walking Books librarian to
determine their eligibility and reading interests.
4. Up to 10 books may be borrowed per delivery. Books can be renewed if
not requested by another patron. Requests for specific titles should be made
prior to delivery date.
5. Delivery will be every second Thursday of the month. This will allow books
to be kept for 4 weeks.
6. A reminder call will be made to participants or the nursing or
retirement homes prior to delivery to be sure that the previously delivered
books are ready for pick-up.
7. Participants should contact Reference Services at 949-3523 prior to moving.
If leaving a nursing or retirement home, books should be left with the resident
Walking Books volunteers participate in four areas: selecting books, recording
the selections, delivery and typing patron cards.
What are the qualifications required to become a volunteer?
A love of books, some time to spend, an enjoyment in helping others, and for
deliverers, reliable transportation.
How do I become a volunteer?
Please contact the Administrative Assistant at 949-3736. You will be
invited in for an interview and to fill out an application.