In February, the library began a goodwill project to connect with homebound patrons: handcrafted bookmarks to deliver with books.
At the time, longtime volunteers were looking for ways to contribute safely from home. When library staff suggested creating bookmarks, several volunteers were interested.
They began using their crafting or computer skills to make a variety of bookmarks. Volunteers Pat Schwartz and Jane Willer dedicated themselves to the project. Each creates up to 24 bookmarks a month.
The Senior & Homebound Delivery Team make sure the uplifting messages and artwork get into the hands of readers. They tuck each bookmark into a book with a note saying it was made by a library volunteer.
One recipient wrote a thank-you note, saying “What a lovely bookmark and thought."
Senior & Homebound Delivery service is available to people living in the library district who are unable to visit in person because of illness or disability. Learn more.