Christmas comes but every two weeks to homebound patrons


Hands holding a book.“It’s like Christmas,” exclaims Darien resident Susan Silhan, describing the library's homebound delivery service. 

Susan, who has Lupus, can no longer work or drive. By signing up for the service, she is able to borrow items from the library and have them delivered right to her door every other week.  

“I was never really a big reader, and I never did much library stuff,” said Susan, a former nurse. “Sometimes I would take my son there to read and check out books when he was little. Now, I love to read! And I look forward to getting my new books each time.” 

Susan, who suffers from a constant headache due to her Lupus, listens to the audiobook on CDs while following along in the large print book to help her focus on the story. Her deliveries from the library include two or three book/audiobook combinations of the same title, plus a movie.  

“Mary gets me such wonderful books. She knows what I like,” says Susan, who has been participating in the program for more than a decade.  

Through its homebound delivery service, the library delivers materials to those who are permanently homebound due to age or disability, or temporarily disabled for at least one month due to illness or surgery. Books, including large print and audio, movies, music, and magazines can be provided. To learn more about the service, click here.