Pictured above: Third generation Caledon East resident Tracy Smale is a new VLS volunteer

Caledon Public Library delivers! Since the launch of the Visiting Library Service (VLS), homebound residents throughout Caledon can get library materials including regular or large-print books, magazines, movies or audiobooks delivered free to their doorstep.

“Our goal is to bring the library to our community members who aren’t able to get out,” says Visiting Library Service Coordinator Gillian Booth-Moyle. “And this service is growing, especially since Covid.” She adds, “Our contactless drop-off service can be set-up on a permanent, or even on a temporary basis. It’s great for seniors who maybe can’t get out during the winter months, or for a person who’s had surgery or struggles with ailments that prevents them from driving to the library.”

Betty Harrington

Alton resident Betty Harrington is 90 years young and a new VLS patron.

The Visiting Library Service uses the library’s qualified staff to select materials based on the customer’s preferences, and once a month volunteers pick-up and drop-off library materials.

Meet Alton resident Betty Harrington, 90 years young and a new VLS patron. “It’s a wonderful service,” Harrington says, “I can’t get out easily right now and these books are getting me through this long winter, and Covid.”

Harrington is a life-long reader, and enjoys having Caledon Public Library staff select 3-4 books a month for her. She especially loved the Irish Country Doctor, a series by Patrick Taylor. “This story is such a great escape. It’s set in a small village that reminds me so much of growing up in Horning’s Mills,” she adds with a twinkle.

One of Caledon Public Library’s newest VLS volunteers, Tracy Smale is proudly a 3rd generation Caledon East resident. “I wanted to volunteer during Covid but there wasn’t a lot of opportunities available” she explains. “I became a VLS volunteer because for me, it as much about giving as it is receiving – so this is a real win-win for everyone.”

Caledon Public Library staff help residents get signed up for service, and can organize delivery to homes, seniors’ apartments or long-term care facilities in Caledon. If you or someone in your family could benefit from this service, contact Gillian Booth-Moyle, Branch Manager at 905.857.1400 x217 or email: vls@caledon.library.on.ca.

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