Outreach Branch

  • Who We Are
  • What We Do
  • Home Delivery
  • Talking Books
  • Donations
  • Coming Soon
  • Ask A Question
  • Even More

Who We Are

The White Oak Library District, through its Outreach Services, is committed to developing library outreach programs for non-users, the older adult population, and people unable to leave their homes with special needs in the communities of Crest Hill, Lockport, and Romeoville.

We can deliver most library materials and resources to older adult groups, facilities, and homebound patrons.

We also help book clubs select their book titles.

We are a member of B'LONG (Bookmobile and Library Outreach Network Group), a local Outreach Services organization, and ABOS (Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services organizations), a national Outreach Services organization.

Librarians attend community events and talk to local organizations. Contact us!

What We Do

The Library provides one lobby stop per month, per facility, providing an opportunity to:
  • Register or renew a Library card
  • Place holds on materials
  • Pick up materials placed on hold
  • Check out from a small selection of popular materials: regular print fiction & non-fiction books, large print fiction books, magazines, and audio books
  • Return materials
  • Find out information about the Library, Library programs, and its services
  • Outreach Services is committed to providing our senior community with great offsite library services including visits to area older adult communities, senior community centers, and assisted living facilities.
Visit us at one of the lobby stop locations.

Home Delivery Service (HDS)

White Oak Library District residents (Crest Hill, Lockport, & Romeoville) who are homebound and would like library materials delivered to your home, please contact Outreach Services. Home Delivery Service Request Form  

Talking Books

The White Oak Library District offers a wide variety of audio books.

There is also a mail order and digital program through the Illinois Talking Books program for patrons with a disability. They provide free library service for anyone unable to read regular print because of low vision, blindness, or a physical disability. They register your for talking books and playback equipment. Talking books are mailed free to and from library patrons, wherever they reside. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron.

For more information, ask Outreach Services or visit www.illinoistalkingbooks.org

Donations

Older adults unable to come to the library and have donations for the Library may contact Outreach Services. We will pick up donations to deliver to the branches for collection consideration, or for the Friends of the Library on-going book sale.
Adult Volunteer Program
Outreach Services is developing a plan to have adult volunteers assist us. In the meantime, if you are interested in volunteering at our libraries, speak to one of our Branch Managers.

Memory Kits
The White Oak Library District Multi-Sensory Memory Kits will provide a toolkit on wheels for librarians, caregivers, and volunteers to work with patrons in a multi-sensory way: sight, touch, smell, hearing, and sometimes taste. The kits also provide a non-stressful way of sharing memories with the use of books, audio books, music, movies, photos, and other tools all in one kit. Items can be customized to fit our communities, create large print documents, and offer 'take home' items that are vital for memory stimulation.

Themes would center on everyday topics such as the weather, a decade in history, animals, fashion, countries/travel, or any reference that may trigger a memory. Topics serve as a conversation starter and memory triggers. Included in each kit would be anything that would be considered simple and fun, such as reading a poem, getting a scratch 'n sniff sticker, or singing along to a song.

Ask A Question

Do you have a question? Call us at 815-552-4247, email us, or fill in the form. We will respond within two business days.

Even More Outreach Services for Adults, Kids, and Teens!

For more information on these, contact our Branch Managers.

BOOKTALKS
Our librarians make recommendations and give presentations throughout our district to get patrons excited about reading! They visit schools and adult organizations.

PROGRAMMING
Enjoy library programming outside the library! Our librarians can bring our resources directly to you through partnerships, festivals, and community events!

SCHOOL EVENTS
Kids can hear a story, win prizes and learn more about the public library when our librarians make visits to area schools. We provide library card sign-ups, program information, and school partnerships

CURRICULUM AID
We also work with teachers to make book selections and provide curriculum support through research support, fine-free and extended loan periods on library print materials, homework help, book lists and recommendations, housing textbook collections, online resources, and book bag service.