You don’t have to go to the Perry Public Library to pick up a book to read.


Books can now be found at Perry Perk, Dallas County Hospital, Rowley Masonic Community, Hamlin Bell Apartments, both campuses of Perry Lutheran Homes and Pearl Valley Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.


The library installed bookshelves at those locations in late November. The Outreach Little Lending Libraries join the previous Shopko location.


“We’re just trying to make books available, I guess that’s our motto,” Library Director Mary Murphy said.


She added that people are really busy, and the library wanted to put books where people can find them.


The idea for the lending program stemmed from the library’s existing outreach program. Murphy said Patron Services Clerk Sue Brickner already takes books to home-bound individuals.


“She delivers to homes and some people at Rowley, (I said) wouldn’t it be great to put a bookshelf in there for everybody to choose from,” Murphy said.


The library had some extra bookshelves. Murphy worked with the Perry Public Works Department to deliver the shelves to the various locations.


Brickner will restock the shelves on the third Monday of every month. Some of the shelves, like the one at Perry Perk, have books for children, teens and adults. Others, like those at Rowley, Pearl Valley and Perry Lutheran Homes, include large print copies.


Murphy added that the books are available for anyone who walks into any of the locations. People can take a book, leave a book and share it with others.


“Getting the books in the hands of the people,” Brickner said of the reason behind the outreach program.


The program was well received at Pearl Valley.


“It is an awesome service to provide for the residents and staff,” said Administrator Laurie Buckhahn. “It’s a nice way to promote the library. It also gives the residents something to do. There are a few of them who just love to read.”


Murphy added that for other locations, like Perry Perk or the Dallas County Hospital, the lending library shelves make it easier for people to pick up a book and read.


“It’s just another venture in how we evolve to meet the community’s needs and information needs and entertainment needs,” Murphy said.


For more information, contact Brickner at the library, 515-465-3569.