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Caregiving: Home

Homebound Services

The library provides a Homebound Delivery Service to residents of Tappan who are unable to visit us due to illness, short-term, or long-term disability. Receive our books via the US Postal Service at no cost to you.

How it works:

  • Contact the library via phone at 359-3877 or online to request the service
  • A Librarian will contact you to discuss the service in detail
  • The Librarian will mail a questionnaire to your home so you may specify reading interests
  • Once you're returned the questionnaire and eligibility is determined, start requesting books via phone or email
  • We will mail you titles in a reusable mail bag
  • When you have completed the titles, simply flip the addressed index card over to the library's address and leave the mail bag for your postal worker.

Currently, DVDs and other high demand items are excluded from the program. This service is funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Library Association of Rockland County.

Caregiving for a Patient or Loved One

Did you know?

About 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid, "informal" care each year for adult family members and friends with chronic illnesses or conditions that prevent them from handling daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals on their own. Family caregivers, particularly women, provide over 75% of caregiving support in the United States. In 2007, the estimated economic value of family caregivers' unpaid contributions was at least $375 billion, which is how much it would cost to replace that care with paid services

(Source:  National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2008). Caregiving in the U.S. Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC; AARP Public Policy Institute (2008), Valuing the Invaluable: The Economic Value of Family Caregiving, 2008 Update; Family Caregiver Alliance (2004, June). Family Caregiving and Long-Term Care: A Crucial Issue for America's Families (Policy Brief). San Francisco, CA.)

For all in our community who provide caregiving to include elder care, the library has put together a resource guide of in-library resources  as well as web sites and links to local organizations designed to help our caregivers find the services they need in one place.

Reading Materials for the Visually Impaired

The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library lends audio and braille books and magazines to eligible residents of upstate New York who have a qualifying print disability. Currently over 14,700 individual New Yorkers of all ages are registered for and receive Talking Book Services.

Contact the Talking Book and Braille Library or the Tappan Library at (845) 359-3877 for more information.

E-Books for the Homebound or Vision-Impaired

Tappan Library cardholders can download e-books and audiobooks OverDrive. Download titles from the comfort of your home or other remote location. E-book text can be re-sized to meet the needs of the reader. You can see our titles here.

If you would like help using OverDrive, please contact the Tappan Library at (845) 359-3877 or email