BUFFALO — The Union County Carnegie Library’s efforts to serve the community continued this week with the library providing the Buffalo Senior Citizens Center with a bookcase and large print books.
With the help of Union County Council on Aging Director Tim Black, Library Director Rieta Drinkwine assembled the bookcase at the center Wednesday morning. When they had finished assembling the bookcase, Drinkwine placed large print books on the shelves which she said will be for the enjoyment of the seniors who attend the center. She said the bookcase and its contents are part of the library’s efforts to make its resources available to all residents of Union County.
“We put it over there with the hopes of providing them with access to library resources,” Drinkwine said. “We know that many of them are not able to come to the library and my philosophy is that if people cannot come to us we will go to them.”
Drinkwine pointed out that the library has already established similar bookcases/lending libraries at the town halls in Carlise, Lockhart, and Jonesville, and that plans are to put them in place the other senior centers in the county. She added that the senior centers are a natural fit for the program.
“Choosing places like the senior centers is a logical choice because there is already a facility, staff, and participants,” she said.
In addition to the bookcase and large print books, Drinkwine the library has also provided the Buffalo Senior Center with reading glasses and magnifying glasses for the seniors there to use.
Buffalo Senior Citizens Center Site Manager Patti Gault thanked the library for providing the book case and books, calling them a great opportunity for the seniors served by the center.
“I think it is a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to have books here at the center,” Gault said. “We want to encourage them to visit the library, but having books here is convenient for them. We have magnifying and reading glasses here. Reading is such a great opportunity.”
Black also thanked the library and those who supported its efforts.
“I think it was a generous donation that I think our seniors will enjoy,” Black said. “They have limited resources and so going out and buying books is sometimes not an option. I want to thank Carnegie Library, Miss Drinkwine, and Mr. Bill Rochester for their generosity.”
Bill Rochester, a volunteer at the center, also thanked the library and praised Drinkwine for her efforts.
“As previous Union County Carnegie Library Board member we’re fortunate to have Miss Drinkwine here,” Rochester said. “Her ideas about sharing resources is working out real well. Because of her efforts we’ve been able to get glasses and audio books for the seniors. It is my opinion we need to do everything we can to help the seniors, especially since county council did not fund the senior centers this year.”
Drinkwine said the library will continue to work to make its resources available to the rest of the county’s senior citizens centers as well as adding resources at the library to improve services for the seniors who patronize it. She cautioned, however, that all this will depend on the libary securing additional grants.
“We were able to provide the magnifying and reading glasses using some of the $2,100 we received in an Assistive Technology Grant,” Drinkwine said. “Part of that grant will be used to get large print keyboards at the library and we will be adding screen reading and magnifying software.”
In addition, Drinkwine said that the library will hold a “Family Game Night” on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 3-5 p.m. during which it will be rolling out some of its newest resources.
For more information about the Union County Carnegie Library and the resources it has call 864-427-7140.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.