"BLOGGING ALONG" with Joyce Knock

Walk with me on my journey!


April 2016

My Sunday afternoon!

wwwwEvery two weeks I volunteer  for 2 hours in the General Population Library at the Women’s Prison at Mitchellville.  Being the  only Sunday volunteer the library is not open on alternate Sundays.   During the week the library is open typically 2 hours per day.

What do I do in the library?  I ALWAYS ask the  gal who has surfaced to know the most about the library and has assumed leadership  what she wants me to do.  She usually responds with “what do you want to do?”  And I ALWAYS respond “whatever you want me to do!”  And…she suggests  rehelving books or  assisting with checkout or reorganizing books shelves.  This is their library….NOT mine…I am there so it can be open and to help!!!  I am there to work along side of them!!

Assisting in the library has been an enjoyable experience for me.  Although personal information is NOT exchanged between myself and the inmates  a respectful relationship has been established with  friendly and fun bantering exchanges.

For about the last 2 years the regular prison library had been housed in a  room with  a small amount  of the prison’s books.  The books were shelved against one wall and the check out process was right out of the 50’s.  Nine days ago the new library opened in a new building that houses numerous others facilities….such as a gym, work out room,  and classrooms.  The setting up of the new library was completed   by inmates  ONLY and ONLY when  a volunteer or supervisor was available to be in the library….hence a long drawn out process.  However, the workers were tireless and determined to get the new library “set up!”    It involved unpacking books, putting information into a new computer based check out system,  reshelving books, etc. etc. A great deal of tiring work!  But they were determined!

In the 9 days since reopening in a its new location over 900 books  have been  checked out…and this was accomplished with the library being open only a few hours a day.   TODAY the library had almost 100 patrons in a two-hour period.   It was a busy  and neat day!

Volunteers are a BIG part of the numerous programs that the prison offers.  I am happy, thankful  and proud to be a part of these programs.    ###



“Just a little bit of help!”

Foundation IconThe FOUNDATION will soon award it’s very first scholarships!  How exciting!  A sampling of scholarships includes:

  • $$$ for 5th grade students to attend a two week   orchestra or band summer camp at either North or Roosevelt High School. $100 for a two week camp.
  • $$ for 14 year old student and his family to have a 1 year membership to the Science Center and the Blank Park Zoo. $189 for a year’s membership.
  • $$$ for a 13 to take summer camp classes on the bass. Less than $100.

The FOUNDATION is funded by donations and ALL profits from the sale of my 2 books.  100% of each donation goes directly to a student!!!  

Most of the above scholarships are for $100 or less.  The FOUNDATION is excited and grateful  that it is able to provide opportunities for kids that need just a “little bit of help!”

 When KIDS win we all WIN!



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