For a little more than 5 years I have been delivering items to the residents of Morton Grove who are unable to come into the Library. I try my best to make this an enjoyable experience for the homebound people (like Ruth and Judith pictured below), who look forward to receiving books, movies, music, or information.
This is and continues to be a very rewarding experience for me, and hopefully it is just as enjoyable for the person I deliver to.
Why we offer homebound delivery
Before the pandemic hit, my homebound visits were an ideal opportunity to socialize with those who may not have many people to socialize with. We could talk about books, interests, how they are doing, and of course, what is new and going on in the Library.
As we all have experienced what it’s like to be at home under quarantine, we all know it can be difficult under confinement, especially when you’re without some level of enjoyment like a few good books to read.
How COVID has changed delivery
Now more than ever, it is so important that Morton Grove's elderly and immunocompromised residents be extra cautious with public interactions. With this reality, I knew I would have to change the way my interactions with homebound residents were being delivered so that added safety precautions were a top priority.
All deliveries are done with social distancing, and social conversations are done over the phone. We can still have light conversations in person, but we will keep 6 feet apart at the doorway. Returned items are then quarantined and all my deliveries are still done with a smile (though now from under a mask).
How to apply for Homebound Delivery
If you are a resident of Morton Grove who is unable to come to the Library due to permanent or temporary disabilities, you are eligible for Homebound Delivery services. “Homebound” is defined as being generally confined to your residence either temporarily, due to illness, or permanently, due to age, disability, or other mobility problems.
For more information about Homebound Delivery services, please contact the Info Desk at 847-929-5101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marlene Mark is an Adult Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.