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Books delivered to area seniors

Books delivered to area seniors

April 17th, 2019 by Danisha Hogue in Local News

<p>Democrat photo/Danisha Hogue</p><p>Cheryl Smith reads a mystery novel in her home in Jamestown. The Moniteau County Library sends bi-monthly selections to area senior housing.</p>

The reach of the Moniteau County Library extends far beyond the brick and mortar of the building.

Those expanded services include volunteer Mark Bogue's regular delivery of books for California Care Center, California Senior Housing and Jamestown Retired Housing.

Director Connie Walker said expanding resources has been "a great service for them and an outreach to the community."

Each facility has a free library card to check out whatever they choose. Typically, a variety of westerns, romance and mystery books are chosen.

"It really opened up our services," Walker said.

For years, the California locations have received deliveries. Angie Dumsday, activities director at California Care, said residents enjoy having the options.

"The residents really like the books and magazines they send," Dumsday said.

Resident Rosalie Irey raves about the magazines. She said there's always something at the library and has been an avid reader all her life. A former painter, she chooses nature magazines for the scenery and celebrity magazines for entertainment.

"I like to read about the king and queen," Irey said about the British royal couple Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan.

If any historical or biblical-based books come, she also reads those.

The Jamestown pickups began last year as the library was working to better serve the entire county.

Bogue is a Jamestown resident, so the location is his last stop.

From there, Peter Schlup is in charge of the checkout on site. A small shelf inside the community clubhouse is where the loans are kept.

"It really helps some people," Schlup said. "I can drive, but some of the other people may not be able to drive."

Resident Cheryl Smith said she enjoys receiving the books. Before, she would buy her own, which resulted in her having tons of books in storage.

"I like the library because you read them, you take 'em back," Smith said. "If you want to read it again some time, you always can go get it again."

Her favorite books are mysteries, but she said she will read pretty much anything and will continue to read even if it's not interesting.

"In the middle of the night, (if) I can't sleep, I want something else to read. I can rummage through what they have," Smith said.