TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

July 22, 2013

Kids get the magic touch this Tuesday

Library ready for annual ‘Touch-A-Truck’ event

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

Children like to touch things. And combine that with the heady thrill of seeing something that fascinates them — not to mention going inside and sitting down at the controls — is an experience they will never forget.

That experience might even make them think about what they would like to be someday.

It is the idea behind this Tuesday’s “Touch-A-Truck” event. The fourth annual get-together is sponsored by the Corbin Public Library, and takes place at Rotary Park from 11 a.m. until noon.

Touch-A-Truck is the final event for the library’s annual Summer Reading Program. And like the reading program, it gets bigger and bigger with each passing year.

As Heather Croley puts it, not only with the number of big trucks and vehicles set up in the parking lot, but with the number of youngsters who explore what makes those machines move.

“Basically, it’s to let children see vehicles and to go inside them to get a look at how it operates. The kids think it’s cool, and they have a good time,” said Croley, the library’s circulation manager. “It also gives them an idea about the people who drive those vehicles. They can ask them about not only what they drive, but what they do. It’s like reading this summer. It allows them to dream big, and maybe get the kids thinking about a career when they grow up.”

The idea of matching children and vehicles together has always been around. But the library’s assistant manager, Lisa Kersey, noted it was just a matter of adding more to the mix, while doing it on a low budget.

“We knew the kids were very interested about seeing the trucks and cars in the community,” Kersey said. “We’d have people like the fire department bring a truck over to the library and talk to them. Or the police would bring their K9 unit here, too.

“Then we decided to invite several organizations and their vehicles over to one location,” Kersey added. “Since we have a small budget, we had to be creative, and people began to chip in. Those people who come to Touch-A-Truck donate their vehicles and their time to the program. Business people donate toys, inflatables and services to the event, while the Parks Department donates Rotary Park and the swimming pool donates their time and facility as well. The library’s not charged anything to put this on.”

This year’s list of those truckin’ out to the park includes units from the Corbin Fire Department, the K9 unit from the Corbin Police Department, an Air Evac Lifeteam medical helicopter and crew, vehicles from Corbin City Utilities, an ambulance from Whitley County EMS, ATVs from the Holler Crawlers Off-Road Club of Bell County, a cruiser from the Kentucky State Police Post in London, a vehicle from Venture Cabs, “Tow Chuck” from Wallen’s Towing and a Humvee unit from the Kentucky National Guard.

Croley added there will be some new and returning vehicles at Touch-A-Truck this Tuesday.

“For one, we’ll have an RV from Eastgate RV Center there on the parking lot. We’ll also have race cars for the kids to look at and go inside, courtesy of Blankenship Racing. And, we’re bringing back the Shriners’ mini-cars that they drive in during parades. That’s always been a big favorite for everyone,” she said.

Something else will also be there among the slew of vehicles to view.

“It’s a hearse from O’Neil-Lawson Funeral Home. The funeral home owner said he went to schools to speak on career day, and the kids were interested, and he said there was a lot of positive feedback about him being at the school. I think a lot of kids are interested. We’re always looking for new and different things to add to Touch-A-Truck,” Croley said.

To go along with the vehicles on display, free face painting will be offered, while State Farm Insurance will provide two free inflatables for the youngsters’ entertainment.

For food, PJ’s Hot Dogs will be there selling their frankfurters, and the Corbin Community Backpack Program will offer snow cones and cotton candy for a donation.

Proceeds from the cotton candy and snow cones will help the non-profit Backpack Program provide weekend food backpacks to students in the Corbin City School system and surrounding areas.

When Touch-A-Truck is done, the kids are invited to the library’s pool party just a few feet away at the Corbin Recreation Center’s swimming pool. Admission to the pool party is two dollars for children, with free admission awarded to those children who’ve completed all seven levels of reading over the summer months as part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

If you’d like more information on Tuesday’s Touch-A-Truck, call the library at 528-6366 or visit their website at www.corbinkylibrary.org.

The Corbin Public Library will be closed Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. so their employees can help out at event. They will will reopen Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Last year’s event saw some 250-300 children make their way to the park and pool. Croley hopes Tuesday’s get-together will top that, and top off what she says has been a spectacular summer season at the library.

“Each year, we’re seeing more children attend the Summer Reading Program. Touch-A-Truck has been the big finale to the program, and it’s always fun and fascinating. It’s outdoors, it’s free and the kids have a blast. It’ll all come together Tuesday,” she said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cannon man indicted for rape

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A Cannon man facing first-degree rape and other charges has now been indicted in this case.

    July 28, 2014

  • Knox grand jury indicts accused store burglar

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A man facing several charges in connection with the burglary of Cope’s Market was indicted Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 28, 2014

  • Man accused of Woodbine shooting appears in court

    By John L. Ross
    Staff Writer
    A Woodbine man indicted for first-degree assault after allegedly shooting a man in the face appeared in Knox County Circuit Court Friday for a pre-trial conference.

    July 28, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES, July 28, 2014

    Cannon man indicted for rape: Charges include theft for reportedly taking the victim’s car

    Knox grand jury indicts accused store burglar

    Man accused of Woodbine shooting appears in court

    So Far, So Good: North Laurel Coach Chris Larkey pleased with the way his team is looking

    The Next Step: Jerry Herron's Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have high hopes of winning a state title

     

    July 28, 2014

  • 0726 thunderbolt for web.jpg Tales of the Thunderbolt

    The soft whistle of a flute floated through the room as audience members listened in awe to tales of the Thunderbolt people.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaynes sentenced to 20 years for murder

    A hush swept across the Knox County Circuit courtroom Friday afternoon — all that was heard was the jangle of ankle shackles hitting the bare floor as convicted murderer Angela Jaynes approached the podium for her official sentencing hearing.

    July 27, 2014

  • Five people indicted for murder

    Five people arrested in connection with the May shooting death of 29-year-old Donald Mills were all officially charged with the murder on two separate indictments Friday in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 27, 2014

  • Man in court for stealing from Bingham Tire

    A Pineville man charged with stealing more than $125,000 in inventory from Bingham Tire in Barbourville over a two-year period appeared Friday before Judge Gregory Lay in Knox County Circuit Court.

    July 27, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Sheriff’s office searching for wanted London man

    A London man has found himself on the Laurel County Sheriff Department’s most wanted list, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.
    Detective Billy Madden is searching for Jamie Elam, 34.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0725 Honor Guard FOR WEB.jpg Hundreds attend military funeral service for Dirk Shelton

    Whenever America needed him, Staff Sergeant Dirk Thomas Shelton always answered the call.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter