Confined at home? No problem. Library makes “home visits” – Estes Park Trail-Gazette



Are you or do you know someone confined to the house? Can’t make it to the library due to a physical problem or visual limitation? This is no reason to give up your love of reading, enjoying a new movie, or listening to audiobooks. The library provides regular delivery service to homebound residents of our city and valley, for both temporary and permanent conditions.

“Home calls” is the name of this service. It ensures that all residents can continue to read, listen and learn. Customers appreciate home delivery of items selected based on their interests and delivered to their doorstep.

Volunteers are an essential part of the library, including the home visiting program. Fran Gabrielson is a library volunteer who makes weekly deliveries.

How are the deliveries made? The House Calls program uses a door-to-door approach. Before the appointment time, clients place their library returns in front of their front door and a library volunteer replaces them with a bag of new books and materials. All activities are carried out at a safe distance to ensure COVID-19 health protocols.

What materials are available for check-out? Anything that comes out of the library can be removed via home visits. New clients indicate the types of material they like (preferred authors or genres; particular areas of interest; preferred media types, etc.). You can ask for specific headlines or say, “This is what I like to read. Surprise me!”

Who is eligible? If you live in the Library District and cannot visit the downtown building due to one of the following conditions, you can register for the library home visits. Eligibility may include any of the following criteria:

• You have a short or long term illness

• You have visual limitations

• You have physical challenges

• You are in the status of non-driver

• You are a natural caregiver whose responsibilities make it difficult to visit the library

To find out more, or if you know someone who could benefit from home deliveries, call Gretel Bock, Home Visiting Coordinator, at (970) 586-8116, ext. 827, or email gbock @ estesvalleylibrary. org. More details available at the House Calls link at

Additionally, the library can connect patrons with the tremendous resources of the Colorado Talking Book Library, which offers audiobooks with easy-to-use equipment, as well as Braille books and a wide selection of large print titles. Contact Gretel to find out more.

The program is open and ready for new clients. “Do you make house calls? The Library’s response is: “Yes!



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