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Giving hope: Raising infertility awareness Nonprofit provides support to couples Melissa Reinert

Infertility is isolating. Ken and Becky Budde, of Villa Hills, felt alone in their struggle. They had been trying for three years and still weren’t pregnant. “It’s painful and frustrating,” Becky Budde said. “It’s a very lonely situation. Even if people are understanding, they don’t understand unless they themselves have been in the trenches of infertility.” However, the Buddes were not alone in their struggle. According to the most recent National Survey of Family Growth conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight couples have trouble getting pregnant and suffer some form of infertility. About 6.9 million or 11.9 percent of all women receive some form of infertility treatment in their lifetime. Infertility is defined by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association as the inability to conceive or carry a pregTHE ENQUIRER/MELISSA REINERT

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William E. Durr Branch Children’s Services Coordinator Joel Caithamer performs a song for attendees of the Preschool Storytime.

LIBRARIAN ROCKIN’ LIBRARY EXPERIENCE Caithamer incorporates music and song into programs Melissa Reinert

INDEPENDENCE – Helping children develop a love for reading is as simple as singing a song, according to Joel Caithamer. Caithamer is children’s services coordinator for the William E. Durr Branch of the Kenton County Public Library. He is widely known as the “singing librarian” because he likes to incorporate music and song into the programs he operates. Library patron Debbie Noble visits Caithamer every Tuesday for the Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. at the Independence location. She brings her grandson, 21-month-old grandson Evan, and her 4-year-old grandson Owen when he’s not in preschool. “My boys like the music,” she said. “It seems to get them to interact. Joel is a valuable asset because he gives us babysitting grandparents a bit of his time to entertain our grandkids and give us a break.”

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The storytime doesn’t just include a book with large vibrant pictures. The time includes singing and dancing as Joel strums on his guitar or banjo. “It’s a fun time,” Caithamer said. “I really enjoy it. I like working with the kids.” Caithamer, 49, of Walton has worked at the library for about 10 years. But, he admits, “I don’t feel like I’ve worked a day in my life.” He said he always knew he wanted to get into children’s services and loved reading so the library was a “perfect fit.” He studied library science at Indiana University. “I love my work,” he said. “Being a children’s librarian, you’re recommending books and encouraging new readers to discover new authors and titles; you’re going to schools to promote programs. It’s all about library awareness. You let the kids know, hey we’re here and it’s not just for homework, the library is a destination.” Reading is very important and

learning to love reading at an early age is essential for a well-rounded life experience, according to Caithamer. Caithamer also has a deep love for music. He even plays electric guitar in a band. “It’s really fun to perform,” he said. But playing the guitar and banjo and singing during storytime – well that’s his passion. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” he said. “This is so much a part of my life. It’s a part of the day to day of who I am.” Kenton County Library Director Dave Schroeder said the library is fortunate to have Caithamer. “Joel is an energetic bundle of excitement and creativity,” he said. “He’s constantly thinking of new ideas to reach children and get them involved in reading and being creative. He’s got an eye for things that engage children, and things that will get them thinking about the world around them and how they experience life. It’s part of who he is.”

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The Budde family: Ken, Becky, Lydia, 18 months, and Evelyn, 2 months.

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