Home delivery service proves to be a real page turner
IT HAS been around for donkey's years but the Central Coast Home Library Service is undergoing a remarkable resurgence.
No longer does the big blue bus visit homes across the region - instead trained library staff closely watch members' reading habits and deliver their chosen books, audio books, DVDs and CDs direct to their door every fortnight.
Residents who are unable to visit the library due to illness, frailty or disability are eligible.
People with temporary conditions, such as recuperating after an operation, are also eligible for a temporary service.
A doctor's certificate or referral by an eligible care provider is required.
More than 120 people currently use the service in the Wyong region and a similar number in Gosford.
Bob Brearley, of Gwandalan, has been using the service for several years and said he would be lost without it.
Mr Brearley, 83, is vision-impaired and listens to audio books.
"I have a special sun room where I sit back and listen to some of the greatest stories ever written," he said.
"My wife Pat is glad to see the tail of me on occasions."
Mr Brearley said he preferred listening to crime stories but was "open" to other forms of good writing.
"It's wonderfully relaxing and the library people who visit me, like Krystal Cox, are absolutely fantastic," he said.
"They help with the selection of my audio books and have not once let me down with their choice."
"I'd be lost without them and the service."
Ms Cox has been delivering books in the region for many years and said she enjoyed every moment of it.
"Helping people like Bob in this way is a dream job," she said.
Anyone wanting to inquire about the home library service should phone 43501578.