Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


May 18, 2014

FAITH BRAUTIGAM: Investments of time pay dividends in lives of others

Thanks those who help our community an hour at a time

In May, it’s hard not to run across stories of people who have made a difference in the lives of others. Newspaper columns, TV ads and Facebook posts laud mothers who made sacrifices, great and small. Graduates tell about the incremental steps along the way that brought them to the figurative finish line and the people who were there at those critical junctures. Parents of graduates have their own list of those to thank. While November may be the No. 1 month for sheer gratefulness, May’s tales tend to focus on the dividends of people investing in other people.

Organizationally, the library is in that very same mode. May is the time when we recognize the volunteers who share the very best gift of all — themselves — with the library throughout the year. As we took time to thank our volunteers this year, I realized anew the enormous value they provide for the community through the library.

There are whole library services that, without volunteers, would literally cease to exist. Others would become only a shadow of their current selves. Our Homebound program comes to mind first. Those who, either temporarily or permanently, find it challenging to get to the library to use our materials can sign up to have items delivered to their residences. The delivery isn’t just one-size-fits-all, either. Each person’s “order” is tailor-made, based on preferences of all shapes and sizes for both content and format. In some cases, we even take care not to bring items that an avid reader has already read. In a scenario without volunteers, our staffing simply would not stretch to cover the 50-plus personalized stops per month that we now make.

In other cases, volunteers bring skills, materials and interests that our own staff simply do not have. It might come as a complete surprise to you, but the 501st Legion volunteers who were a fabulous part of our “Stars Wars” Day own costumes and gear that just isn’t in my closet. Our Paws to Read program relies on people who have certified therapy animals and the time to share them with emerging readers. Anyone who delivers books to the Howard County jail must be male, which eliminates most of our staff and makes our jail volunteers worth their weight in gold. Our Community Advisory Council has the ability to look at library questions, plans or most recently our signage with fresh eyes. They don’t know library jargon, the history of why a decision was made, or any of the other reasons why things can’t be different; the comments they give us are gifts.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • DAN COATS: New Harmony marks its 200th anniversary Situated between St. Louis and Louisville, New Harmony is a small town in southwest Indiana smaller than 1 square mile in area. Fewer than 1,000 Hoosiers call this serene Posey County community home.Despite its size, the town has monumental significa

    July 31, 2014

  • Rob Burgess House of Burgess: Let's put lethal injection to sleep

    It was only a matter of time before this happened again; and I’m sad to say I’m not surprised at all.
    On July 22, the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for the killing of Arizona death row inmate James R. Wood III, who had filed suit requesting a delay until the state revealed the details of the drugs that would be used to end his life.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • ANDREA NEAL: Fleeting canal era had lasting impact on state Editor’s note: This is one in a series of essays leading up to the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial in December 2016. In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed to great fanfare. Cannon fire, parades, balls and speeches celebrated the speed and ski

    July 30, 2014

  • TOM LoBIANCO: Pence, Bayh crowd field with questions In the 2016 political landscape, a pair of the state's political big dogs -- Republican Gov. Mike Pence and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh -- have potential candidates holding their breath and waiting on them. Until Pence says otherwise, he's

    July 29, 2014

  • JEFFREY McCALL: All things Hillary are not news, just distractions This column has nothing to do with who should or will win the presidential election in 2016. It has nothing to do with partisan politics of any flavor. This column does, however, assess how television is oversaturating the "news" agenda with countles

    July 29, 2014

  • BRIAN HOWEY: World is rising up to meet Putin's thuggery Any illusions I had about the progressive nature of Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime quickly dissipated when I returned to my Moscow Grand Marriott room in August 2007. Upon opening the door, I was greeted with the spectacle of my papers and note pads

    July 28, 2014

  • DICK WOLFSIE: A trip to end all trips My wife is planning a very exciting vacation to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. This was a big surprise to me. Not the vacation part, but the 35 years. I thought it was 34. Right now she is on the back porch, the patio table stacked high with

    July 28, 2014

  • ED VASICEK: Happy marriages do not just happen My wife, Marylu, and I met through a mutual friend. My wife had been involved with Campus Crusade at her university, where my friend, Norman, also attended. One Christmas break, Norman invited his friends from church (including me) to a party — along

    July 27, 2014

  • MICHAEL HICKS: Truth about inflation Almost nothing in economics seems to confuse people as much as monetary inflation. That confusion leaves an intellectual void into which some of the least credible ideas of the modern world crawl.Goods and services typically have a price dictated in

    July 27, 2014

  • RAY DAY: Some laws will do us in In my opinion, we have made laws that are contrary to what they were intended. And this writer is going to let you in on his thoughts about them. One of the things that has been processed incorrectly is the child abuse law. When you tell the parent h

    July 26, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller