By Sabrina Westfall
Knox County libraries will be joining together during the Knox County Fair to get more children reading.
The Bicknell-Vigo Township Library Board voted to approve the cooperation with the Knox County Public Library in Vincennes to offer the Game Truck during the county fair July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Library Director Debbie Kean said she has been working with the Knox County Librarian to split the cost of the electronic gaming center.
By splitting the cost, the library will have a presence at the fair for $145.
Kean said the plan is to draw in youth during the fair to the gaming truck and have booths set up for each library to sign youth up for library cards. If parents are with the youth, they can sign up and have cards ready at the library at a later date.
She noted she has talked to Carol Wampler with 4-H and she seemed enthusiastic about it as well.
Board member Frank Gugliotta noted even if there is no room within the park grounds, there is city property just outside the grounds that can be used.
Board member Bryan Taylor said he was glad to see the library will have a presence at the fair.
In addition, the board voted to approve an extra hour of use of the truck if needed the night of the Game Truck.
The interior of the Bicknell branch of the library will be seeing a new look, as library board members discussed putting down new carpet and painting the walls.
An estimate from Piper’s for carpeting ranged from $8.99 to $11.99 a square yard depending on the grade of carpet. Piper’s also offered cans of paint at $21 a gallon.
The renovation would require the closure of the library for roughly a week in order to have all the furniture and books in the library moved.
The board requested more information about what would have to go in to laying the carpet and what all would need to be moved.
The board approved new flooring in the bathrooms of the library at a cost 1,050 for vinyl flooring. They also advised Kean to contact a plummer to remove the toilets and replace them before and after the flooring installation. While they hope to have the project completed over a weekend, the board gave Kean the OK to close the library as needed.
The board talked with Pat Summers about filling the open board position. Summers expressed interest in the four year term and Kean said she would forward the request to the school corporation for approval.