Lesson Learned (October 22)

This week we welcome guest columnist K Almond from Literacy Volunteers (and Dr. Greenbrier Almond’s sister.)

Books! Books! Books! 

One thing I have learned these 13 years is that I love books! To feel their old covers. To read their quaint pages. To give a book to just the right person. To go to a bookseller or a book sale.

Remember the Book Sales every spring and fall at the Catholic Church? There was none in 2020 or 2021 or spring 2022 because of Covid. Now we have approximately 50,000 books and the Literacy Board is using the Lorentz Methodist Church for the Book Sale of the Decade:

• November 10, 11, 12, 2022

o Thursday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

o Friday (9a.m. to 6 p.m.)

o Saturday (8 a.m. to noon)

Go west from Buckhannon for five miles to Lorentz. The white church, Lorentz Methodist, is on your right, on top of the hill. There is plenty of parking and there is a ramp up to the main door. Everybody is welcome. One dollar for any hardback. Fifty cents for two paperbacks. Imagine your Upshur County neighbors snuggling down during COVID with a good book or two or 50,000! Imagine your neighbors giving those books away to Literacy Volunteers. Imagine us cleaning those books. What kind of books are there? Children’s books, cookbooks, fantasy, westerns, science fiction, West Virginia history, science, history, biography, travel books, novels, essays, memoirs, bestsellers, poetry, Bible study and praise can be found. Imagine. Then come and see what you can find.

Now, what will you do with your pile of books? Put them in a bookcase. Put up this sign: “A bookshelf is a treasure chest for a curious mind.” Be curious. Read at least eight pages before you put it in your giveaway pile. Give a book to a friend. Check out the Facebook page of “Really, Really Free Market, Buckhannon, W.Va.” Find one of the 21 Little Free Libraries. Tuck two or three books inside. Sorry, Literacy Volunteers cannot take any more books right now.

Literacy Volunteers have been active in Upshur County for many years. Ripley Cottrell is the Director. Joe Rodgers is the president. Ann Chopyak is the vice president. Jennifer Higham is the secretary. Jay Bryant is the treasurer. Our headquarters (with our own Little Free Library) is at 88 West Main St., at the bottom of hospital hill. Our phone is (304) 472-2343. Our hours are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

We are always in need of volunteers. We are always thrilled to meet with someone who wants to learn to read.

I remind myself every day of my love for books.

“The cure for boredom is books. There is no cure for books.”

K Almond

Member, Literacy Volunteers


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