Homebound Brookfield seniors can now get library materials delivered to their homes and families can now obtain free passes to the Brookfield Zoo through two new services provided by the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd.

The library’s Adult Services Department now provides a delivery service for homebound Brookfield residents with a valid library card. After signing up to use the service, homebound residents or residents who have difficulty getting to the library can simply call the library, request materials and set up a convenient time for delivery.

When those library patrons are finished with the materials, they can call the library and schedule a pickup of the old materials and schedule delivery of new materials.

“This is something that we did on an informal basis,” said Rana Hutchinson, head of Reference and Electronic Services for the Brookfield Public Library. “We just wanted to formalize it so we could offer it to more people in the community.”

In order to take advantage of the service, interested patrons must fill out an application-which can be done over the phone. In addition to collecting basic information, library staff will also ask what types of materials that patron prefers and inquire as to whether the patron would like suggestions from staff.

While library staff will not be formally screening people who want to sign up for the delivery service, Hutchinson said that library staff hope that “people who need the service will really take advantage of it.”

The materials will be delivered principally by members of the Adult Services staff, according to Hutchinson.

The library also allows homebound library card holders to sign up for the Proxy Borrower service, by which a patron can arrange to hold materials and have a friend or family member pick up library materials for them.

“We’re thrilled to do this, so we can make sure all of those people are being served,” said Brookfield Library Director Kimberly Litland.

Litland added that provisions can be made for homebound patrons to keep materials for extended periods of time, if needed.

“We’ll do that based on individual situations,” Litland said.

Zoo passes available

Not a member of the Brookfield Zoo but want to get into the zoo for free? Brookfield Zoo has donated four passes to the Brookfield Public Library, which patrons can check out for up to a week at a time.

“The zoo has given passes to all the metro libraries to give out for free,” said Hutchinson. “We just received ours and now we’re making them available.”

The passes are good for free admission for four (any combination of children or adults). The passes do not include parking or entrance into special zoo exhibits such as the dolphin show and Children’s Museum. Only one pass may be checked out per family, and a $35 deposit is required to claim the pass. When the pass is returned to the library, the deposit will be returned.

According to Hutchinson, the passes are available on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved in advance. If all of the passes are checked out, the library will keep a running list of those seeking them. Once a pass is returned, the first person on the list will get that pass. The passes are available at the library’s circulation desk.

Anyone with further questions on both the homebound delivery and zoo pass services should call the Brookfield Public Library at 485-6917.

Library to host 'Taste of Brookfield' fundraiser

The Friends of the Brookfield Library will host the library's first-ever fundraiser dinner in September as a way to create an endowment to help fund future library initiatives and capital projects.

The first annual "Taste of Brookfield

"This is our first attempt at a fundraiser in earnest," Litland said. "So far the businesses in town have been responsive."

The event will be limited to 100 tickets, which are available in advance for $35 and for $40 at the door. They will be available for purchase at the library, 3609 Grand Blvd., by mid-August, Litland said.