I've actually wondered about why this wasn't being done, so it's great to see that at least one library is making it work. It's such a simple idea really: deliver requested library books at the same time that Meals on Wheels are delivered to those no longer able to do those things for themselves.
According to Colorado's Summit Daily, the Summit County Library system is making that happen for patrons who receive three or more meals once a week:
“It’s a little bit of everything,” said Barb Arbuckle, with the Summit County Library’s South Branch. “Some go online and place their own holds. One of the patrons we’ve known forever, so we know what she likes.”
Volunteers collect the books from the library and deliver them to the Summit County Community and Senior Center. Arbuckle added that the library proposed the idea to Mountain Meals on Wheels when they were looking for ways to provide books to people who may not be able to get to the library easily. She added that a library card is not required for seniors to receive the reading materials.
Once all books are requested and collected, volunteers with Meals on Wheels deliver meals as usual, with a book. Once the seniors are done reading, they return them the same way.