One interesting thing that was brought up in discussion afterwards was the idea of librarians going to people's homes to get the collection literally out and into the community. Someone commented that this was asking for librarians to be attacked. True, there is an issue when staff members go out into the community but this rang a bell with me.
When I was looking for volunteer opportunities at my local libraries (I did eventually volunteer in a branch and they didn't know what to do with me since they had never had a volunteer before...) I came across the homebound library services which councils in Scotland frequently run and are the library equivalent of 'Meals on Wheels'. There are several such as in Moray, Clackmannanshire and Aberdeenshire (and yes, I picked specifically Scottish sounding ones). I couldn't volunteer since I could't drive at the time but it sounded like a great opportunity to get out into the community, visit members who couldn't get to the library, find out what sort of books they wanted, help them with the library catalogue if they wished and deliver the services they required. A small amount of time spent with someone in such a condition to bring them relevant and interesting material could make all the difference.
Now, I don't know if this is offered that often in America. I have found a private company offering library facilities to the housebound but that is not the same as the council providing for those less capable of getting to their local library. This builds on the concept of a Mobile Library or Book Mobile - again, I am not sure how popular they are here. This article shows the Oswego Book Mobile (out of commission for 30 years) in action over summer for children to encourage them to read over their summer holidays.
Scotland had 2.7 million registered vehicles last year, which is about 50% of the population while America had 254.4 million, which is almost 80% of the population. Quite a difference. I have also found that there is a very different mentality here towards driving. In the UK, I am fortunate enough to have a car but barely used it day-to-day since I cycled everywhere - our cities are much easier to get round on foot or bike and the public transport between cities is excellent (don't start me on our 10 hour journey from New York to Syracuse a few weeks ago) so the need to drive is not as great.
So, I thought that I would bring your attention to these few library outreach activities that I know to be popular in Scotland and if there are similar ones in America then please let me know!