Library customers don't always have the ability or desire to come into the library. This problem is why we have outreach services. Our outreach services department is responsible for not only bringing the library to those who cannot come to the library, but also for creating events and programming to interest people in coming into the library.
In January 2011, the Rapides Parish Library consolidated the Bookmobile service with the Red Carpet Van Service into a new service titled Outreach Deliveries.
Now the Outreach Deliveries Service serves both the rural areas of Rapides Parish previously served through the Bookmobile, and the homebound residents, nursing home residents, senior citizens' centers, adult day care centers, rehabilitation centers, and retirement centers previously served through the Red Carpet Service. Outreach Deliveries maintains a collection of large print books, and books on tape, as well as regular format items.
Upon request, the Outreach Deliveries Service librarian can even do special storytimes for children. Each month, the librarian puts aside special books for regular customers. For many, it's like having your own personal librarian.
If you feel that the Outreach Deliveries service might be right for you, please contact the library at 318-445-6436. The librarian will be glad to answer your questions and help you access the parish's library resources either through a local branch or through regular Outreach Deliveries service.
Tammy DiBartolo: Assistant Director for Outreach Services
Karla Kirby: Youth Programming Manager