Waldinger Library seeks helping hands

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Protz typically requests mystery books, and loves detective stories. She said most of the books the library sends her are enjoyable. “I’d rather read a book than watch TV,” she said.

Sau said that there are about 15 people in Valley Stream using the service. They must have a Waldinger library card and if they don’t, a volunteer can bring an application to their house.

More volunteers, she said, would allow the program to grow, because Sau said she wants to accommodate everyone who requests the service. It is available to anyone in Valley Stream permanently homebound or temporarily disabled.

Ellard and Rechner both described themselves as “professional volunteers.” In addition to delivering books for the library, Ellard has been an active volunteer at Holy Name of Mary Church and the Parish Outreach Center. Rechner volunteers at Blessed Sacrament Church’s thrift shop.

While she will miss the people she delivers too, Rechner said she has to make more time for other commitments in her life. She hopes that the work she has done has been of value to the homebound residents of Valley Stream. “They really want their books, so you really break your neck to deliver when you’re supposed to,” she said. “It’s not about you. It’s about someone else.”

Homebound Delivery Service

If you would like to volunteer to deliver books to homebound residents, or would like to take advantage of the service, call Lena Sau at (516) 825-6422 or email hwmlcontact@yahoo.com.

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