Library seeks people to visit homebound and bring books

At the West Linn Public Library we love helping our patrons. Suggesting a book to a patron one week and hearing how much they loved it the next week is always rewarding. by: SUBMITTED - Barnes

We enjoy leading you to the right place where adventure, knowledge and imagination take over and we would like to offer this same service to the West Linn citizens living in care facilities who are unable to make it in to the library.

As we prepare to launch our new Care Facility Outreach, we are looking for specific volunteers to help us. Many of the patrons we will be working with care just as much about the visit as the library materials. They also come to rely and look forward to these visits, so consistency is very important in an outreach volunteer.

Our plan is to match each volunteer with one or two care facility patrons. Volunteers would meet with the patron, set a schedule for visits and spend some time learning what kinds of items the patron would be interested in receiving. The volunteer will help place holds for the patron, pick up the holds or other materials at the library and then deliver them to the patron.

The library’s volunteer coordinator will oversee this program and assist the volunteers with book suggestions, materials and act as a resource as needed. Training will be provided. The Care Facility Outreach program is expected to start in June.

If you are reliable, kind and passionate about people, then please consider applying to volunteer. The application can be found on our website at When filling out the application, note that you are interested in helping with our Care Facility Outreach. All volunteers in this program will need to pass a background check, hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a reliable vehicle. Once a volunteer application is received, an interview is scheduled. After the interview process, all volunteers are required to attend a shelving training session/orientation prior to beginning their volunteer service.

We hope this new program will be a rewarding and enriching volunteer experience while also improving the lives of those who cannot make it to the library. If you want to join our amazing volunteer team, but this particular job isn’t for you, we also offer various other volunteer positions such as shelving and media repair.

— Shasta Barnes is the volunteer coordinator at

West Linn Public Library.

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