The purpose of the Walking Books program is to deliver books to home-bound 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 makes possible.
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.
Policy for Participants
- Any resident of Floyd county, 18 years or older, who is physically unable to come to the library may participate in the program.
- The participant is responsible for the care of the books and must be willing to pay for any books that are lost or damaged.
- Interested participants will be visited by the Walking Books librarian to determine their eligibility and reading interests.
- 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 the delivery date.
- Delivery will be every month. This will allow books to be kept for 4 weeks.
- 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.
- Participants should contact Reference Services at 949-3523 prior to moving. If leaving an nursing or retirement home, books should be left with the resident contact person.
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 PM (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 I Get?
You can receive up to 10 library books, audiobooks, CD’s and/or magazines in each delivery.
How Do I Become a Volunteer?
If you have a love of books, some time to spend, and enjoy helping others, you can become a Walking Books program volunteer. If you’d like to deliver books, you’ll also need reliable transportation. Please contact the library’s Administrative Assistant at (812) 949-3523. You’ll be invited in for an interview and to fill out an application.
Books on Wheels
In 2014, the Reference Department began its Books on Wheels program. Its creation stemmed from the local Kiwanis Club, who after serving the community with its Meals on Wheels program, found themselves out of a job when the program became privatized. The Club contacted our Library Director, wanting to volunteer to run the Walking Books program for the library in its place.
The Reference Department appreciated the beautiful gesture, but felt that the Walking Books program was humming along pretty well. We were wondering if the Kiwanis Club would help us with another idea as an off-shoot of the Walking Books program. We proposed that the Kiwanis Club help us start a dedicated book collection for local institutions. Reference staff would collect donated books and create small collections of approximately 20 books to be distributed to institutions or agencies where people must stay for several hours. We contacted local dialysis centers, VA clinics, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. The Kiwanis Club helped us name the program in honor of their commitment to Meals on Wheels. The new program was to be called: Books on Wheels.
The Kiwanis Club distributes fresh books to the collections of 12 agencies who house them for their patients/visitors once a month. No one is required to return a book, but the books have stickers to identify them as part of the program. The Reference staff is indebted to the Kiwanis Club for faithfully picking and dropping off books to 12 locations all over Floyd County. We couldn’t offer this service without their help!