Book Buddy volunteers, with the help of Library staff, select materials for each homebound patron based on their interests and special requests. Book Buddy volunteers must be positive, cheerful, enthusiastic and patient. The contact with the homebound match provides vital links of friendship and service.
The Book Buddy and homebound individual will set up a delivery and pickup schedule that is convenient for both of them. Visits are usually scheduled once a month. Book Buddy volunteers give their own time (approximately 4 to 6 hours per month) to serve their homebound patron.
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Library materials are available for a three week checkout period and may be renewed twice. Reference services are also available to homebound patrons. The available materials include:
Anyone who is handicapped, elderly, chronically ill, or anyone temporarily ill or injured with confinement of six months or longer. The Book Buddy program is offered to homebound residents who are unable to visit the library. Most of the patrons are older adults who find they can no longer drive or walk to the library. However, the service is available for those in need both long-term and short-term.
The Nevada County Library's Book Buddy Volunteer Coordinator notes the special interests of each homebound patron during an initial interview. Some patrons request specific titles, while others leave it up to their Book Buddy to choose materials based on the profile created during the interview. Requests can be made by a homebound individual through the