• Geneva Cantrell chooses a book to check out from the new mobile lending library.
    Geneva Cantrell chooses a book to check out from the new mobile lending library.
  • Jessica Tibbetts, left, talks with, clockwise, Linda Noland, Sue Davis, Sharon Elrod and Idell Teasley about getting a library card during a visit to Gilmer Nursing Home.
    Jessica Tibbetts, left, talks with, clockwise, Linda Noland, Sue Davis, Sharon Elrod and Idell Teasley about getting a library card during a visit to Gilmer Nursing Home.

Library reaches out to nursing home residents

Since Gilmer Nursing Home residents cannot easily visit the local public library, the library is coming to them. 

“We’re always trying to find ways to serve Gilmer County. This was a segment of the community that can’t get to us,” observed library adult services coordinator Jessica Tibbetts, who visited the nursing home Thursday, Aug. 18, and brought an array of books, puzzles and coloring sheets for the residents to peruse. 

She also signed up interested residents and nursing home staff members for library cards so they could borrow items from the facility’s collections. 

The Gilmer County Library plans to bring materials to the nursing home on a regular basis.

“We’ll see what we can offer ... I hope (the partnership) will evolve,” said Tibbetts of the new mobile library initiative.  

Nursing home activities director Tammy Baker noted bringing materials to the residents is a quality service, particularly for those who are unable to stand or cannot see items stored on higher shelves at the actual library building. 

Tibbetts also distributed information about Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), which offers free assistive technology, such as recorded and braille books, to the state’s library patrons. 

“It’s a great program. They have a wide range of books and magazines,” noted Tibbetts. “Anyone can come to the library and fill out an application.”

To learn more about the free services offered by GLASS, call 706-635-4528 or stop by the Gilmer County Library facility located at 268 Calvin Jackson Drive in Ellijay

Details are also available at the website georgialibraries.org/glass/. 

Times Courier

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