Keeping Cootamundra library accessible for those who can not physically attend

COMBINING SERVICES: Library Manager Penny Howse and Meals on Wheels coordinator Kerry Kostrubic with Meals on Wheels consumer Ken Stansfield and volunteers Sam Mills and Jayne Newcombe from Teys Australia (Jindalee Feedlot). Picture: Jennette Lees
COMBINING SERVICES: Library Manager Penny Howse and Meals on Wheels coordinator Kerry Kostrubic with Meals on Wheels consumer Ken Stansfield and volunteers Sam Mills and Jayne Newcombe from Teys Australia (Jindalee Feedlot). Picture: Jennette Lees

If Cootamundra residents can not visit the local library, the library now comes to them.

A new partnership between the Cootamundra Library and Meals on Wheels sees library resources delivered free of charge to local residents who cannot attend the library in person. 

Library Manager Penny Howse said if someone is unable to get to the library due to ill-health, frailty, or disability, library staff will deliver items to their home.

“The service is free and includes access to all of our resources, including books, magazines, DVDs, and audio books, and it is as simple as making a phone call to the library to discuss your needs and arrange delivery,” Mrs Howse said. 

Meals on Wheels coordinator Kerry Kostrubic has been busy delivering information packs about the library’s home delivery service to clients, and said the service would provide great benefit to people who may be frail or isolated. 

Cootamundra Meals on Wheels Service Inc. is proud to assist the Cootamundra Regional Library in launching its home delivery service.

Their regular delivery runs will be used to help make information on the service available to the frail older people and younger people with disabilities within the Cootamundra community.

Like Meals on Wheels, the library’s home delivery service will enable those most vulnerable within the local community to access services and stay connected and up to date with what is happening within the wider community.

The delivery from the library will also mean that Meals on Wheels consumers will receive another visit from a friendly face which is another way of checking a person’s wellbeing.

Often Meals on Wheels is a chance for a chat with the friendly face doing the delivery with the library’s home delivery service set to offer the same personalised service and the benefits this brings, including peace of mind for the person’s family.