Several programs are available to children and teens through Skype and teleconference. Children can interact with their peers while doing arts and crafts and engage in “picture book time.” Weekly audio pre-teen and teen chats will also be held to discuss books and sports as well as issues such as bullying. These peer discussions are meant to help kids develop a social circle outside their homes. Bingo materials, trivia games, and art programs will also be mailed to children interested in doing crafts together in groups with other homebound children.
The Mail-A-Book program also hopes to alleviate stress in the homes of homebound children. “I look at it as serving the family and not just the child,” says Madlyn Schneider, program coordinator, who adds that the program will soon expand to include more family-oriented services.
For more information or to register for the program, call 718-464-0084, email mailabook [at] queenslibrary.org, or visit queenslibrary.org/books/mail-a-book.