When I volunteer in the youth department at the Knox County Public Library I have a variety of experiences. You may find me there withdrawing books or checking in, on the computer, some recently cataloged books. You may also see me cutting out forms to be used for craft projects.

Being a part of the summer reading program, as children accumulate pages read and come to claim their prizes, is rewarding. I like to be an encourager when these young ones want to read. I distribute the B.A.B.E. vouchers ready for parents attending the weekly toddlers’ program, Mother Goose on the Loose. B.A.B.E is an incentive based store where parents can earn vouchers for baby supplies.

Mother Goose on the Loose is a program for infants, toddlers and their caregivers as Amy Blake and Diana Martin offer a fun filled half hour of nursery rhymes, baby bounces and music, every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

There are a number of other things I do while there, and I also find myself browsing the shelves for interesting books to read. A recent set of new books includes biographies of famous people. In reading these books, I’ve discovered interesting facts about Thomas Alva Edison, Leonardo de Vinci, George Washington, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of the most intriguing books was on a display shelf with the title, “Onomatopoeia,” in big letters, along with books entitled “Alliteration” and “Contraction.” The latter two I had heard of, but onomatopoeia (pronounced – on-oh-ma-toe-pee-ah) was a new word for me, so of course I had to look at the book! The word means a word that sounds like the action it describes, for example, kerplunk, achoo, and mumble. Think about it. The author of these books is Trisha Speed Shaskan.

Another thing you may not know about this department is that there are boxes of LEGOS that can be checked out, just as a book can be checked out. Who would have thought?

Another volunteer task that I’ve performed for many years on behalf of Friends of the Knox County Public Library is the recruitment of volunteers to assist customers at the monthly books sales at the Vincennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. Sixth St. Book sale volunteers are ambassadors for the library and enjoy helping customers find books that fit their reading preferences and gift books for friends and family members. The last sale of the year will be on Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thousands of books are available at these sales and it’s a joy to see people perusing the books and finding ones to take home. Good Samaritan Hospital Community Health Services provides health screenings, at no charge, from 9-10 a.m. at the book sales. On Nov. 17, blood pressure tests will be offered.

We are blessed to have such a wonderful library. I encourage you to check out all departments of the Knox County Public Library and visit us at the book sales.

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