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About Library Visits
The Library Visits program provides library services to older adults in Genesee County who are unable to visit the library. LV is funded by a grant from the Muriel H.Marshall Fund for the Aging.
Overseen by the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the fund is a bequest from the estate of Roxanne Marshall who named it in honor of her mother. Ms. Marshall, a former school librarian, wished to enhance the quality of life for older adults in Genesee County.
Genesee County residents at least 60 years old who are confined to their homes due to a short term or extended illness, disability, or lack of transportation may be eligible for the services of this program.
Library Visits also provides rotating mixed media collections to senior housing complexes, adult daycare facilities, nursing homes, and veterans' facilities in Genesee County.
For more information contact the Library Visits Coordinator at (585) 343-9550 option 6 or email LibraryVisits@nioga.org.
Benefits of Library Visits may include:
- Free home delivery of library services
- Personalized visits through a volunteer system
- Overdue fines forgiven
- Longer lending periods
- Decreased isolation
- Increased social and intellectual engagement
- Technology assistance for home computers & mobile devices.
- Equipment for loan, including:
Portable CD players
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will choose the library materials I receive?
The Library Visits Coordinator or a LV volunteer will choose items based on your preferences and requests. You may also choose materials from your home through your online library account.
Who will deliver my library services?
We have volunteers available to deliver, or you may have a family member or friend deliver, if you prefer.
I am only truly homebound during the winter months. Am I eligible?
Any Genesee Count resident at least 60 who is confined to his/her home, even temporarily, may be eligible to receive Library Visits Program library visits.
Ready to receive Library Visits?
If you already have a Richmond Memorial Library card, please return your completed Interest Form to the library and Library Visits staff will contact you.
If you do not have a Richmond Memorial Library card, please contact the LV Coordinator at (343-9550 x 6) or LibraryVisits@nioga.org.
Library Visits always welcomes new volunteers! As our aging population continues to increase, so does the need for services. Volunteers may serve in one or more of the following ways:
- Selecting books and materials for an individual LV program patron or large group loan.
- Delivering library materials and visiting one-on-one with a LV patron.
- Providing limited technological assistance with home computers and personal mobile devices in a LV patron's home.
Our program is ideal for volunteers where flexibility is key. Some of our volunteers work once a week and others once a month. You decide what works best with your schedule.
Interested? Complete our volunteer application.
Please consider sharing your time with this remarkable program.
For more information contact the Library Visits Coordinator (343-9550 x 6) or email LibraryVisits@nioga.org.
The Library Visits Advisory Committee was established to help the Library Board of Trustees direct and promote the LV program. Members of the committee help the coordinator realize the goals of the Muriel H. Marshall fund.
Advisory Committee members represent various groups from the library and the community. Groups represented include Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, LV volunteers, and individuals who serve our county's aging population, such as representatives from nursing homes and the Genesee County Office for the Aging.
- Nancy Bailey
- Alice 'Vicki' Becker
- Samantha Stryker
- Dorian Ely
- Sam Leadley
- Nancy Mortellaro
- Roger Richardson
- Diana Wyrwa
- Robert Conrad, ex officio
- Lucine Kauffman, staff
- Mary Marks, staff