Library Calendar:

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

CONCERTS:

  • 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.

EVENTS AND SPEAKERS:

  • 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 and Database Vendors, in Dorothy Herron Rooms A & B. (Light Lunch available 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

EXHIBITS:
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 PROGRAMS:
Children’s Library: 865-273-1414:

  • 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. 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:
  • 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. 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. 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 www.blountlibrary.org.

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at www.blountlibrary.org, click on "Programs and Events" and then click on "Click here to view the monthly calendar of events in printable format" or sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email by scrolling down and clicking on libnews@blounttn.org and putting "subscribe" in the subject line.

Nanotechnology robo demo to be at Blount Lirbary
A team of young people will demonstrate robots that they have built for a tournament where the mission is to design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a challenge in competition with other teams. This year’s challenge is "Nanotechnology - Exploring existing sciences at the molecular level."

The demonstration will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Blount County Public Library. A robot will be run through its paces, just as it would in competition, and there will be other educational ‘bots handy to see up close.

The MindStormTroopers team, nine youth ranging in age from 9 to 14 years, participate in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a multinational, non-profit organization, that aspires to transform culture, making science, math, engineering and technology fun for kids. Jim Large coaches the Blount County team who will compete at Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville on Dec. 2. Contact Jim Large by email at Lego@mojorobo.com.

Any young person interested in this type of activity is invited to attend the demonstration at the library where information about participating in the program will also be available.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. FIRST operates the FIRST LEGO League, for children 9-14 years old in which student teams (sponsored and assisted by local companies and volunteers) design, assemble and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams.

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 www.blountlibrary.org.

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