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Library on Wheels rolls into Sharon

olderwomanwithbook(SHARON, MA) – The Sharon Public Library (SPL) has launched a new home delivery service for the residents of Sharon.

The town’s first Library on Wheels (LoW) program has begun delivering books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, music, and other materials to people who are unable to get to the North Main Street facility. The service is available to all Sharonites at no cost.

Circulation Supervisor Karen Mafera, who is coordinating the new program, says the LoW concept grew out of her interest in working at the library and with elderly people. “Before I became circulation supervisor in Sharon, I worked part-time as a desk assistant and at various nursing homes on the South Shore,” Mafera describes, noting that the experiences familiarized her with elderly people’s interests and needs. “I realized how important it is to continue providing seniors with the services they may no longer be able to access because they cannot get to the library.” Bringing materials to housebound residents through the LoW seemed an obvious way to fill the gap.

LoW participants in Sharon may choose the items they wish to receive or they can indicate the books and authors they enjoy and SPL staff will select items for them. Materials may be borrowed for up to two weeks and renewed for a second two-week period if no one is waiting for them. Participants must provide their name, address, and library card number along with their choice of preferred media and genres when they register for the program. Materials will be delivered by volunteer drivers within a few days of being requested. All volunteer drivers must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) report before participating in the LoW.

Mafera hastens to point out that one needn’t be incapacitated to take advantage of the LoW service. “It could be used by someone who doesn’t have a car or who is afraid to drive as well as someone who’s been hospitalized,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter to us why one needs the service; if you want to participate, we’ll be happy to deliver to you.”

Books and other materials will be delivered in reusable bags for easy transportation. Library volunteers will follow up with LoW recipients about pickups and renewals.

Mafera sees the LoW program as another way to engage the Sharon community with the SPL and its offerings. “There are online services that allow you to buy boxes of toys and treats for your pet,” she explains. “The Library on Wheels is like getting a bag of special treats from your library delivered to your door.”

To register to receive LoW deliveries, download the application from the SPL website at www.sharonpubliclibrary.org, or pick up a hard copy at the library or the Adult Center. For more information about the program or to volunteer to become an LoW driver, email Mafera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 781-784-1578, ext. 1426.

ABOUT THE SHARON PUBLIC LIBRARY

A member of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) with a collection in a wide range of traditional and digital formats, the Sharon Public Library (SPL) is committed to serving the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of all members of the Sharon community by providing access to a professional staff, a state-of-the-art facility and quality materials, programs and services.

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