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Jul 25

Story time takes off aboard KAT bus

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 12:43 PM by KAT Team

Summer Reading Program
By Ali James | Shopper News Correspondent

The Knox County Library summer reading club took an interesting turn at the Fountain City branch library last Friday. Youngsters excitedly waited for the KAT bus to pull into the parking lot for story time.
“It’s new to this branch,” said Libby Nelson, branch manager. “The theme for this year’s summer reading club is ‘Building a better world.’ To put your traveling shoes on and see part of the city you wouldn’t normally see. It encourages families to enhance reading with visits to notable local sites.”
Word quickly spread through the library when the KAT bus arrived and Anne Victoria, a KAT service delivery specialist, stepped off the bus to greet the families.
The children were directed to a temporary bus stop sign in the library parking lot and handed a ticket. They boarded the bus and could either run their ticket through the magnetic fare card slot or scan it over the Farebox, before picking a seat.
The KAT interactive story time was an opportunity to learn about the local transportation system and experience the Newbery Award-winning book “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña.
Victoria read the book, and had a couple of children volunteer to wear props to help act out the story.
“My director and I wanted to go out to share information about our bus system at the local library,” said Victoria, of the inspiration behind the special story times. “We were making changes to the service around the Norwood branch, so we approached them to hand out materials. They insisted we read a book and we’ve done that ever since – we want it to be as much of a hands-on experience as possible.”
This is the first year the KAT bus has participated in the Summer Reading Club, according to Victoria. “We chose ‘The Last Stop on Market Street’ because it talks about the diverse ways of expressing yourself and valuing the bus,” she said.
After the story, the children were asked to call out words associated with the bus and then the story time wrapped up with “The Wheels on the Bus” song. The bus driver played along, turning on the wipers, beeping the horn and lowering and lifting the suspension on the bus.
The final KAT story time will be at 2 p.m. July 20 at Bearden branch library. “We chose six libraries in our bus system quadrants and libraries that we hadn’t visited yet,” explained Victoria.
The Fountain City branch library is also hosting a summer craft series every Saturday at noon. Coming up next is: Flower and star crowns (July 8); make a birdfeeder (July 15); jellyfish windsocks (July 22); make a magnetic bookmark (July 29). The full schedule is available at