During the past year, I have experienced another new world and found, yet, another “gem” in Vincennes. That would be the Knox County Public Library, housed in one of our city’s great historical buildings. Up until 2020 when I started working there, I had never really been involved with the library. Throughout 2020 and in 2021, I sure have had my eyes opened about how wonderful it is for our community.
Little did I know everything the library provides to our community. It’s open five full days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Thursday and Sunday. People from all walks of life including, but not limited to, retirees, children, business professionals, families, and singles enjoy our library. In addition to the many thousands of books you can check out, including hard backs, paperbacks, books for adults, children, teens, and large print, the library also offers movies on DVDs, magazines, eBooks and audio books. The library provides tax documents, copying, printing, and faxing services. Public access internet computer stations are available for those who don’t have computers at home or are simply away from home.
Throughout the year, the library hosts seminars on many different topics appealing to our community members. It joins forces often with the community-based organizations, like the United Way and PACE, to supply important information to our citizens and organize other special projects.
In a newly remodeled reading area, there are many local and national newspapers and magazines to keep you up to date on what is happening now all over the world. If you’re interested in history, the library’s McGrady-Brockman Building, on the other side of Hart Street, provides genealogy information and research assistance on a daily basis!
Some of the staff members have spent their entire lives working at the library and it amazes me the depth of their combined knowledge. They’re available to answer your questions about so many subjects. Each day the staff members take care of their patrons in such a nice, personal, and thorough way. They work hard to ensure all the new books are available are to you in a timely manner. Remember, if you cannot make it into the library to renew your books on time, just give us a call and we can do that over the phone for you. Items may also be renewed online.
Having described the wonderful materials and services available at this historic library, I must mention, for those who shop at the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market, there’s an extensive collection of cookbooks available at the library. Here are some of my favorite cookbooks with recipes for using local produce purchased at the Farmers Market: “The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook” by Stephen and Kathy Doocy; “Market Fresh Cookbook” by Jennifer Olski; “Garden to Table” by Kathleen Hengel; “Farmhouse Favorites” by Taste of Home; and “Eat Greens” by Barbara Scott.
If you think you might like to get your hands dirty and do some gardening yourself, then head over to the back of the McGrady-Brockman Building and find the “Grow City: A Teaching Garden.” But, be sure to take a look at “Composting for a New Generation” by Michelle Baiz before you go.
Since I have been working with the library, the interior of the main library has been renovated. So, if you haven’t been in for a while, please stop by for a chat and look us over.