When Barbara Rudd of Lisle suddenly found herself confined to her apartment due to an extended illness, a friend told her about the Home Delivery Service available at Lisle Library.
"Going to the library just couldn't happen, but I'm an avid reader," said Rudd. "This [program] is the reason I stayed sane while I was getting better. I would get six and eight books at a time and escape into another place."
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Rudd, who signed up for Home Delivery Service about 18 months ago, is one of about 40 patrons who regularly use the program. Those interested in the service must reside in Lisle, own (or acquire) a library card, and be unable to get to the Library due to disability or situation which prevents visiting in person for an extended period of time.
For Rudd, it wasn't only about gaining access to library materials without leaving her home; it was about having access to librarians as well.
"I tend to find an author that I like and read everything they wrote. Then Linda [Anderanin, Home Delivery Services Coordinator] would say 'How about this one or what do you think about this author…' She gave me a whole spectrum of excellent writers."
"Our goal is for every Home Delivery Service patron to receive the same outstanding service that our in-house patrons receive," said Anderanin. "The materials are currently picked up and delivered by volunteers every other week, so it's also about encouraging connections in our community."
The Home Delivery Service goes beyond books. Patrons may also receive audiobooks, older feature films and nonfiction DVDs, magazines (not current month) and music CDs for two weeks.
"I'm almost a little sad that I'm feeling better," Rudd said with a laugh.
For more information about Home Delivery Services at Lisle Library call (630) 971-1675 or visit lislelibrary.org.