If you see us out and about in our Red Carpet truck, give us a thumbs-up, because your library is headed out to improve the lives of hundreds of seniors in Shawnee County.
By bringing them their favorite books, movies and music, our librarians provide seniors with plenty to do at their senior facility or home. And a lifelong relationship with the library remains intact for folks who simply can’t get to the library anymore.
Staff are personal librarians and know their customers by name and reading preferences. And they give excellent book, movie and music recommendations.
Where we deliver
We deliver daily on a rotating two week schedule to places where residents are unable to come physically into the library, including:
- Independent and assisted facilities
- Medical and nursing home facilities
- Meal sites where seniors come to eat
- Senior centers
- Senior apartment facilities
- Private residences where residents are homebound
Librarians prep for delivery by selecting books, movies, music, games and activities for customers, based on demand and personal requests. Customers can call 785-580-4545 anytime during library hours to make delivery requests. Shelves are set up in common areas of residential communities for ease of browsing. It’s truly a scenario of a “pop-up library” for senior citizens, who can choose materials, talk with librarians about reading preferences and make reference requests. The time at residential facilities varies, ranging from 15 minutes to two hours.
Delivery with heart
Librarians enjoy their work with the senior community of Topeka and Shawnee County because of the relationships.
“Every time we come out, people say how happy they are to see us, and how thankful they are for the service.” – Nate Hohl, senior services librarian
See personal testimonials to hear from customers in their own words.