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The Read To Me Program is Active!
After a three-year long suspension, Friends of the Sun City Libraries is restarting their volunteer program, Read to Me, an interactive
reading experience for seniors in area memory care facilities. The program, originally called Book Friends, began in 2017 when Judy Wannamaker, then Vice President of Friends, and fellow Board member, Charlotte Klose, collaborated with the staff of Woodmark at Sun City to create an interactive reading program for their memory care residents.
The Book Friends program flourished at Woodmark, and grew from one volunteer reading to a single resident, to ten
volunteers reading weekly to an entire group. In 2019 ten additional volunteers joined, and the program, co-lead by Board member Linda McKnight, expanded to serve a second local memory care center. Before long, the program became vital to both staff and residents. Then in March of 2020 the pandemic hit, and the reading program was discontinued.Volunteers took a hiatus, but the Friends Board remained active with monthly meetings and continued to support the branch libraries as they shifted to on-line program and services.
Thankfully COVID eventually subsided, the bookstore and libraries reopened, and Friends got back to business! One of their top
goals was to, once again, serve the community... particularly the elderly homebound. The need to restart the reading program in assisted living and memory care facilities seemed obvious, urgent, and the best way to start. To accomplish this, a committee was formed and outreach began to revive the dormant reading program... now renamed, Read to Me. Friends Homebound Committee members Irene Nathanson and Ruth Polansky met with Woodmark’s Activities Director, Michelle DeFord and discussed plans for the program’s resurgence. It was agreed that residents at Woodmark’s Legacies Memory Care would benefit the most. Legacies is a specialized program center devoted to seniors coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
On June 7th , Read to Me officially launched at Woodmark at Sun City, 17207 N. Boswell Boulevard! Long-time Friends volunteer,
Cheryl Cassady, met with a group of ten residents at Legacies Memory Care and conducted her first reading. Currently, a team of nine volunteers will provide half an hour of reading and valuable weekly interaction to Woodmark’s Legacy residents.
The Friends of Sun City Libraries invite you to join the Read to Me program and become a volunteer Reader. Make an impact and become involved to enrich lives and celebrate reading. For more information regarding this rewarding venture, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read to Me volunteers met with Friends Home Bound Task members for their first "interactive reading orientation."
OPENING DAY AT WOODMARK LEGACIES BOOK READING
Opening day of the Read To Me program at Woodmark Legacies Memory Care facility. From Left to Right... Friends President Sue Blechl, Board members Ruth Polansky and Irene Nathanson, with Michelle DeFord, Activities Director, Woodmark at Sun City ... Pictured in back is Cheryl Cassady, Friends Read to Me reader
Friends Read to Me programrecently expanded to include memory care residents at The Gardens of Sun City. Pictured on opening day, from left to right are:
- Memory Care Resident - Cheryl C., Read to Me Reader - Irene Nathanson, Board Member - Memory Care Resident -Sabina Mujanovic, Activity Director at The Gardens - Memory Care Resident
Cheryl read the Big Book of Questions and Answers.
Books Around the Corner Bookstore Supports our Community
The Bookstore is operated 100% by volunteers, giving unselfishly of their time, to make sure that the store is manned, and the merchandise is well-stocked and organized.
Proceeds from the Books Around the Corner used book store go to support Sun City Libraries' programs, equipment, media materials (books, DVDS CDS, large print books), computers, shelving, furniture for the Gathering Place reading/meeting room, and more. You can be confident that your money stays with the Sun City Libraries when you support the Friends' Bookstore.
Besides all the variety of media available in the Bookstore, we also sell Friends of the Sun City Library book bags. Carry your books out in style and help spread the word about your neighborhood Books Around The Corner used book store.
NEED MORE ROOM ON YOUR SHELVES? HAVE PILES OF BOOKS STACKED AROUND THE ROOM? SHARE THE WEALTH!
Bring your used hard covers, paperbacks, magazines, CDS, DVDS, and jigsaw puzzles to the bookstore Monday through Saturday, between 9:30am and 3:30pm. If you have too many books to carry, come in to the store, and borrow one of our carts. If you have LOTS of books, call us, and we may be able to have a volunteer pick up the books at your home in Sun City... 602-651-2014
We are especially in need of LARGE PRINT books!
Items we do not accept: VHS tapes, cassette tapes, books in rough condition, water damage or mildewed, textbooks or encyclopedias.
How to Find Us
Look for the hallway (shown above) in the back of the library to the left.
A short walk down the hallway will take you to the Bookstore entrance (shown above).
Located in the Sun City Library - Bell Branch
Bell Recreation Center 16828 N. 99th Ave Sun City, AZ 85351 (SW Corner of Bell Rd & 99th Ave) 602-651-2014 (Bookstore) 602-652-3000 (Library)
Bookstore Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 3:30pm
Bell Center Library Hours: Monday 9:00am to 7pm Tues - Sat 9:00am to 5pm Closed on Sunday