The Butler County Library Outreach
program provides library services to meet the informational, recreational,
and educational needs of senior citizens, homebound residents of all ages in
El Dorado, and the physically and visually challenged in Butler County.
Can't come to the library? We can
come to you! Library Outreach provides books (large print & regular),
DVDs & videos; books on tape and CD; and special activities to seniors and
homebound customers who can't visit their local library. The service
Butler County Library Outreach is a
department of Bradford Memorial Library in El Dorado, Kansas, where the
collection is housed. Outreach staff and volunteers travel regularly
throughout Butler County, delivering library materials to homebound
residents, retirement homes, care homes and assisted living centers.
People who use the service may have low vision, are disabled, or lack
transportation to their local library. Materials are usually delivered
bimonthly, either to individuals or as a "lobby collection" that residents
can choose from.
LARGE PRINT BOOKS - best
sellers, classics, gentle reads, Christian fiction, non-fiction. We
offer a wide variety of genres, and a large collection to choose from.
BOOKS ON TAPE, CD OR PLAYAWAY -
You can keep reading even when your vision is poor or your eyes are tired.
Listen to your favorite books using a CD or tape player. Outreach
will supply the players for you as well. OR, try a PLAYAWAY book -
no player is required.
ACTIVITIES - A collection of
special activities, including games, BiFolkal kits & an Omnichord is
available to serve the needs of seniors and Alzheimer and dementia
patients. They offer opportunities for maintaining motor and mental
skills and for socializing and interacting. Professional
literature is also available to staff for checkout.
VISION IMPAIRMENT - For patrons
with vision impairment, Outreach provides vision enhancement products
which plug into a television and are for individual use. We also
provide a VideoEye for use in Senior Centers or Nursing Homes. These
items are available for check out.
Outreach delivers materials throughout
Butler County to its residents who, because of their disability or other
factors, are unable to visit their local library in person.
Institutional sites include libraries, senior centers, nursing homes, and
senior residences in most Butler County cities and towns. Deliveries
are made to individuals in their homes. Butler County Library Outreach
partners with RSVP volunteers, matching volunteers with delivery sites.
The RSVP program is administered by the Butler County Department on Aging,
Funding sources include Butler County
Senior Mill Levy; City of El Dorado Library Mill Levy; United Way of El
Dorado; George Trimble Trust; K. T. Wiedemann Foundation; El Dorado
Charities; and donations and memorials. Looking for a way to honor a
loved one? Place a book or audio in the library's collection in their
name. Please call Eva Tower at 316-321-3363 for more information.
How You Can
Do you know someone who might benefit
from this service? Are you interested in volunteering for
the program? Become an RSVP volunteer and get reimbursement for your
Please contact us via mail, phone, fax or
e-mail with questions about the Outreach program. We are happy to help
you or someone you know!
Eva Tower, Outreach Coordinator,
316-321-3363, Fax 316-321-5546, e-mail: