Information courtesy of Brumback Library
WERT — One of the Brumback Library’s most popular and most utilized
services is its homebound delivery program to residents of area nursing
homes, personal care facilities or to those who are physically unable to
visit the library. This vital service is currently meeting the needs of
over 362 patrons.
The homebound library service began in 1957
when Gertrude Williams pioneered such efforts locally. Williams
delivered books, magazines, and, in time, books-on-tape to many patrons.
to her retirement in 1986, she trained librarian Julie Thomas-Kuhlhorst
who expanded the patron base to 72 individuals. From 1992 onward,
service to more than 300 people became the norm.
videotapes, DVDs, books-on-tape, CDs, Ebooks, and assistance with
Kindles, Nooks, iPhones, laptops, and wireless systems offered readers
access to a myriad of titles, series and other informative resources.
Increased budgetary allocations allowed the library to form a larger
collection of these print and nonprint resources, thus enabling
Thomas-Kuhlhorst to meet her patrons’ many requests.
State imposed so many cuts and freezes to Ohio’s 251 public libraries,
Thomas-Kuhlhorst also had more time to pull, arrange, and deliver items
in an efficient and effective manner. With her costumes and deliveries
in hand, Thomas-Kuhlhorst served a few more patrons every year. She was
also assisted by such volunteers as Bob and Eloise King, Librarian Joyce
Harrow, Convoy Branch Librarian Cindy Money, and several others whose
goal, like Thomas-Kuhlhorst’s, was to meet the informational,
recreational, and reference needs of those who were interested in the
After 30 years of dedicated service, Thomas-Kuhlhorst retired in December.
to her leaving, however, Thomas-Kuhlhorst trained Library Clerk Karen
Hoverman to carry on the program. The two staff members visited area
nursing homes and personal residences, as well as Homestead Village and a
number of other places to introduce and acquaint patrons and staff
alike at these facilities with her replacement.
Hoverman is excited to start this newest chapter in the life of the library’s homebound delivery service.
The Brumback Library is thankful for Thomas-Kuhlhorst’s service as well as Hoverman’s call to her newest position.
a final note, we would like to emphasize that this treasured service
will not only continue to exist and continue to deliver to the loyal
homebound patrons, but the library is looking forward to meeting the
needs of others who may benefit from such a program.
Library is also pleased to announce that the 60th anniversary of the
Homebound Service Program will be celebrated in April during National
Library Week .