I am an avid bookworm. Every lunch break, I am reading my current book. I usually read a few chapters (or more) before drifting off to sleep. When I was in my early twenties, I started up a book club. I even tried to write my own book.
Call it what you will--fascination, obsession, problem--I love books.
And that's why I'm so excited about something we've been working on here at the Home.
We call them Book Days.
Basically, it's a partnership with the Roanoke Library to provide books tailored to each resident who wants to be in on the fun. Residents get to decide what types of books they enjoy, how many they think they can finish in two weeks (which is the space of time between Book Days), and if they want to order a certain title.
In tandem with this, we've set up a talking book system with the Illinois State Library Talking Book Service in Springfield. These books are for residents who either cannot read or who cannot hold a book. Talking books are audio books in flash drive form and the residents love them.
It makes me happy when a resident calls out to me and says that she's finished with one of her talking books. "I like the stories," she told me. "I've never had anything like this before."
To be sure, we are still figuring things out. The system isn't perfect, and we'd be happy for input as to how we can improve it.
But for now, I'm just happy that we are getting books. As the Talking Book Service puts it, "that all may read."