Books by Mail was originally funded by a grant, written by the Library and the Monroeville Senior Center, from the Monroeville Foundation. The program is now funded through the Library’s annual budget. It is available to Monroeville and Pitcairn residents who are 50 or older and are temporarily or permanently homebound because of infirmity, a physical disability, chronic illness, or those convalescing from surgery or lacking transportation. Books by Mail provides a way for these residents to keep enjoying our vast catalog without having to visit the library proper. It also provides these residents with an invaluable link to the outside world.
After a homebound patron completes an application, the library will contact them and determine their reading preferences. Books are selected to meet their chosen area of interest and then mailed to the patron in special book parcel bags. Once the patron is finished, the patron simply flips the prepaid postage label on the bag and returns the books to the library, with the help of the United States Postal System. Typically, 2-3 items are checked-out at a time. These items are checked-out for a month, to allow for shipping delays.
If you are, or know someone who, is interested, fill out the application or call the library (412) 372-0500 ext. 112
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