Block Island Times

Library to provide caregiver relief

The Island Free Library is trying to give local caregivers a bit of a break.
Starting next month, the date has not yet been set, caregivers can drop their family members or friends at the library for a couple of hours of activities so the caregiver can either take a breather or catch up on some tasks.
‘We’re going to try this once a month to see how it goes,” said Interlibrary Circulation Clerk Judy Mitchell to the members of the Senior Advisory Committee. “If the caregivers bring them and drop them off, we’ll have a program so they’re not just sitting around.”
Mitchell said they are targeting a Thursday morning schedule to begin. “If it works out maybe we can expand it,” said Mitchell.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said SAC Co-chair Gail Pierce.
The members also talked about putting together their budget request from the town for 2020. The Senior Advisory Committee currently receives about $16,000 from the town, but as the scope of the services it wants to provide expand, the members expect to ask much more from the town in the

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