SeniorsPlus launches new library borrowing program

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LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus, Western Maine’s designated agency on aging, will launch Books On Wheels, a free library borrowing program that piggybacks the organization’s Meals On Wheels food deliveries, starting Friday, Jan. 2.

Through Books On Meals, SeniorsPlus will partner with libraries in Oxford County to distribute books, movies and music to homebound Meals On Wheels participants.

“Books On Wheels allows individuals for whom it is difficult to get around to enjoy the library experience without leaving home,” said Betsy Sawyer-Manter, executive director of SeniorsPlus. “As we were already going into homes to deliver meals, Books On Wheels seemed like a natural fit.”

Consumers will select library choices from a survey that seeks their interests and preferences. Using the survey as a guide, the local librarian will select specific materials (books, audio books, videos) to send back to the consumer, who will be provided with their own book bag for delivery and returns. The Meals On Wheels delivery person will drop off and pick up the library materials on a monthly basis from the consumer’s home.

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Since 1972, SeniorsPlus has provided Meals On Wheels for Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties, delivering more than 100,000 meals to 600 older adults and adults with disabilities annually.

For more information, call 795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241.

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