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Check it out — Library bringing books to you

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com· 340-2443

MOULTON — If you can’t get to the Lawrence County Public Library, the library will come to you.

After a $2,500 donation from the United Way, the library has started a books-by-mail program that delivers materials to residents who cannot physically go to the library.

Those residents include the homebound, physically handicapped and senior citizens over age 65, said library Director Miranda Ball.

“It gives people the opportunity to use the library that otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” said Ball. “Their tax dollars are keeping us running, too.”

The program is similar to a books-by-mail program the library offered a few years ago, said Ball. The only difference is that the previous program was available to any resident living outside of the city.

The library will mail interested citizens a postage-paid postcard for them to return with information about the types of materials they would like to have sent to them.

“They can pick a specific author or genre, and our staff will choose books for them,” said Ball. “We have a good staff here that will be able to say, ‘You’ve read all of Janet Evanovich. Here’s another author you’ll probably enjoy.’ ”

Books-by-mail recipients can access the library’s online catalogue at www.lawrencecounty public.org to find out if specific titles are available.

The library will mail books in a cloth bag. Residents will not be charged to return the books, and there are no fines for overdue books. However, patrons will not be able to borrow additional items until all are returned.

Ball said she will visit all the senior centers in the county in January to inform residents about the program.

“We’ve had several people call about it, but not a lot of people know about it yet,” said Ball.

The program is completely funded by the United Way, who donated about $30,000 to the library this year.

Anyone interested in the books-by-mail program can call the Lawrence County Public Library at 974-0883.

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