Libraries in Residence

Overview

Bring the Library to those who can’t come to us. Volunteers display “mini-libraries” of items, which have been selected by library staff, in seniors’ residences or continuing care facilities and/or use book trolleys to provide “room service” to residents.

Program Goals

  • Provide access to Library resources to patrons who are unable to visit the Library because of mobility or health concerns
  • Support lifelong learning, health, and active aging

Length

Ongoing

Volunteer Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ablility to work independently
  • Ablility to carry Library materials
  • Genuine interest in volunteering with the elderly and sharing the love of reading with others
  • Ablility to work effectively with diverse populations

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Manage use of the collections in the in-house libraries
  • Deliver books and collect books from residents who cannot leave their rooms
  • Maintain regular contact with Library staff to ensure that the collections meet the needs of the residents
  • Participate in the program for a minimum of one year

Training

An on-site training and orientation session to review the program materials

Benefits

  • Enjoy hands-on work that improves the quality of life for patrons
  • Share your passion for reading with seniors and people with disabilities

Help Needed

All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please complete an application, and we’ll contact you when a position becomes available.

Contact

Luke Gray
luke.gray@calgarylibrary.ca
403.260.2774

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