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Morris Public Library begins home delivery service

MORRIS -- The Morris Public Library is rolling out a pilot program to offer free home delivery for Morris residents who are unable to get to the library.

The volunteer-driven program is intended for people who have a tough time getting out, whether it’s temporarily because of surgery, seasonally because of wintery conditions, or for more long-term mobility issues, said Morris Public Library Director Melissa Yauk.

Interested participants are asked to fill out a registration form that asks about any format preferences – large print or audio books, for example – and the patron's favorites authors, genres, and areas of interest.

The form also authorizes library staff to track the library materials the patron uses to better help make book selections, said Yauk.

Each participant will be matched with a volunteer or member of the library staff who will help select materials and establish a schedule for deliveries.

Today, Yauk delivers books every other Thursday to three women who live over at Skyview, and said they appreciate the service. As part of the program, Yauk tries to bring a variety of materials – some known and some unknown – to get a better sense of the readers' interests.

The program is based on services offered at larger libraries in the Twin Cities, but is new for the Morris library. Since the program is still in its early stages, Yauk is looking to recruit more participants to match with a list of interested volunteers.

“I think people don't want to put us to the trouble, but we want to make it easier for people to have access to the library,” said Yauk.