Library Calendar:

November 2006 Calendar of Events at Blount County Public Library

The month of November brings a number of opportunities to enjoy a variety of programs.

Many people are stymied about voting choices? If so, several speakers, in conjunction with American Association of University Women (AAUW), will provide helpful tips for making voting decisions.

Blount County Public Library is hosting a Business Info Expo and invites readers to a lunch with demonstration/discussion of business databases and resources. Anyone who owns a business or industry or needs research for their business (e.g., demographics, business profiles, sales analyses, marketing strategies and trends, etc.), the library can help you access that information. Participation at this meeting will assist the Reference Department in knowing what additional databases
and resources to purchase to be of the most benefit to you.

Authors for two new books will present programs: Ron Miller will speak about world travel and cultures related in his book, Escape from the Happy Cannibal, and Missy Tipton and Paulette Ledbetter will share research they did about historic inns in East Tennessee and North Carolina in their book, From Mineral Springs to Bed Springs.

Tellabration!, another storytelling fest, will be presented by master storytellers, Faye Wooden, Jan Allen and Josh Phillips.
As a prelude to the holidays, several choirs will perform concerts during the latter part of November. The library staff hopes readers can join them for programs that interest readers.


  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., "Don Brakebill Singers" directed by Don Brakebill, in the Reading Rotunda.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., "Hometown Choir" directed by Sam Lowry, in the Reading Rotunda.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m., "Carpenter Middle School Singers" directed by Tammy Marks, in the Reading Rotunda.
  • Month of December, Holiday Music by area schools and music groups.


  • Friday, Nov. 10, LIBRARY CLOSED in observance of Veterans’ Day.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, "Tellabration! Storytelling Fest," by Master Storytellers, Faye Wooden, Jan Allen and Josh Phillips, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., "From Mineral Springs to Bed Springs: Historic Hotels and Resorts in the Foothills of the Smokies (East Tennessee and North Carolina)" by Paulette Ledbetter and Missy Tipton," in Dorothy Herron Room A.
  • Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, LIBRARY CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 12 noon to 1 p.m., "Business Info Expo: Business Databases and Resources Demonstration and Survey/Discussion" --for local businesses, industries, retailers, organizations-by Blount County Public Library Reference Department, Pat Thompson & Database Vendors, in Dorothy Herron Rooms A & B. (Light Lunch available 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

November 1-30

  • Kathleen Wermuth Art Exhibit--Watercolors, Pencil and Colored Pencil Paintings, member of Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild on Art Wall at Bookmark Café and two easels in the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
  • "Blount County Historic Archives Exhibit" by Jackie Glenn, in two cubes in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Blount County Archives and Historic Records Exhibit" by Jackie Glenn, in two display cases in the Main Gallery.
  • Waterfowl Wood Sculptures Exhibit" by Fred Binning in two vertical cases in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Alan Sieve Photography Exhibit" by Alan Sieve on Art Panels near the Reading Rotunda.
  • "Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild Artwork on two easels in Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
  • Blount County Wrestling Hall of Fame Exhibit by Wayne and Mary Lou Dunn in one cube in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Tractors Display" by Circulation Department on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery.

Children’s Library: 865-273-1414:

  • Nov. 12-18, "Children’s Book Week"
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m., All ages, "Kids to Kids Story Hour", in the Children’s Library.

Foreign Language Story Hours:
Community volunteers will present bilingual stories and crafts for all interested children.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour, in the Children’s Library. (New Meeting Time of last Wednesday of the month.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 25, 3 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour in the Children’s Library.

Elementary Age Activities:

  • Fiction Favorites - Kids’ Reviews. Read Juvenile Fiction books, write and share reviews. Find book review forms and logs in Children’s Reference area.
  • Mondays, 6 p.m., Funtabulous Family Game Night. Families with children of all ages can enjoy a fun-filled evening of board games, puzzles, hopscotch, toddler bowling, play huts, and more, in the children’s library.
  • Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library. Sign up in Children’s Library to participate.
  • Nov. 14, Grades 3-6 - Bouncers
  • Nov. 21, Grades K-2 - Tricky Turkey
  • Nov. 28, Grades 3-6 - Tom-tom drum
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m., Chess Club, Elementary grade levels, in the Children’s Library.
  • Wednesdays at 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops. MUST BE A READER and sign up in Children’s Library to participate.

Learn Dewey Decimal System and Computer Catalog Skills, in the Children’s Library:

  • Nov. 15, Grades 4-6 - Online Research
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m., Reading Zone Elementary Story Hour, Grades K-2, in the Children’s Library. Story hour meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
  • Colorful Thursdays offer fun and education for kids who love to color. Coloring pages with crayons, markers, and colored pencils are available at the children’s activity tables in the Children’s Library all day and evening (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) each Thursday.
  • Thursday, Nov. 9 and 16, 4 p.m., "Expect the Unexpected" Treasure Hunt, for Elementary Grades 4-6, in the Children’s Library. Please register at Children’s Circulation desk.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m., "Expect the Unexpected" Treasure Hunt, for 3rd Graders, in the Children’s Library. Please register at Children’s Circulation desk.
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., Stamp Club, Elementary grades 3-6, in the Children’s Library.
    Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts - in Children’s Library Reading Pond
  • Story Hour Themes: November is "Gobble a good book" Month
  • Nov. 12 -18, Cherokee Chant
  • Nov. 19 - 25, Turkey Talk
  • Nov. 26-Dec. 2, Home and Hearth
  • Mondays, 4 p.m., Story Bears #1, Ages 3-5 years
  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #2, Ages 3-5 years
  • Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Pillows and PJs, Bedtime Pre-K
  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Pooh Pals, Ages 2 and under
  • Fridays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #3, Ages 3-5 years
    No Musical Story Hour this month.

Library will be closed November 10 and November 23 and 24.

These programs are free and open to the public. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Author of book on world travel to present program at Blount County Library
From 1991 to 1999, Knoxvillian Ron Miller interspersed worldwide travel with work, a journey that became as much a journey of the soul as a journey of the physical mind and body.

In a unique travel book, Miller shares some of the insights he gained along with vivid descriptions of his experiences in a book, enriched by maps and both color and black-and-white photographs.

Having climbed active volcanoes, trekked with man-eating tigers, and narrowly escaped Rwandan rebels, Miller’s journeys are colorful tales of travel coupled with perceptive insights into societies and peoples, and the book also serves as an insider’s guide into the culture of backpacking.

From Europe and the Ukraine to countries of the Far East, throughout the Americas and then through Africa, Miller walked away from what he describes as a mundane daily work routine and toward immersion into a multicultural, multi-ethnic "soup."

For a slide presentation at the Blount County Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, Miller will relate some of his "cultural trials and spiritual lessons."

The title of the book comes from a question Miller asked himself, "If I had been born into a society of cannibals, would I question that society’s behaviors and values, or would I simply be a happy cannibal?"

To answer that question, Miller, single and an engineer by profession, made three different journeys to continents of the world where he courted the cultures, sampled the cuisine, and traveled "light," by backpacking.

This program is free and open to the public. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

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