Library Calendar:

October 2006 Calendar of Events at Blount County Public Library

With fall colors beginning to splash a kaleidoscope of color across the landscape, the Blount County Public Library invites you to come to the library for some R&R from fall leaf raking, mulching, festivals and sports activities. In fact, as a prelude to the World Series, Bryan Steverson will present a program about baseball greats Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige.

With the one year anniversary of Katrina just past, the library wants to recognize the fantastic response of Blount County to that tragedy by featuring a panel of some of the organizations who rallied to provide support for evacuees as well as fellow local citizens as many became involved in offering assistance. Another program of useful information will demonstrate/explain assistive technology for various disabilities in Windows XP at any computer. Other programs will include gardening in red clay soil, a used book sale by Friends of the Library, Art Auction, local author Susan K. Fuhr, and a presentation of excerpts from Pride and Prejudice by Maryville High School Drama Department and Chamber Orchestra.


  • Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., "Response to Hurricane Katrina by Blount County - a panel" presentations by individuals representing multiple Blount County organizations and Katrina evacuees as well as an art exhibit by RaRa Schlitt of Katrina Survivors’ Quotations, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13, 14 & 15, "Foothills Fall Festival," Greenway.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., "Gardening & Lawn Care with Red Clay Soil Can Work for You" by Cindy Stuart, Blount County Master Gardener," in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 12 noon to 6 p.m., "Used Book Sale-Members Only" by Friends of the Blount County Public Library, in the lower level of the library.
  • Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 & 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., "Used Book Sale" by Friends of the Blount County Public Library, in the lower level of the library.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m., "Art Bid Winners Announced" Carl Gombert and RaRa Schlitt completed 10 interpretive paintings of artwork during the recent Pistol Creek concert at the library, and these are on display for bidders in the Main Gallery of the library. The public is invited to bid as often as you want, and the highest bidder for each piece will be announced at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the library. Proceeds from sale of the paintings will go to the Friends of the Library who purchase equipment, supplies and sponsor programs for the library.
  • Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., "Ten Invitations: Keys to Inner Harmony," by Susan K. Fuhr, Ph. D., Adjunct Professor at Maryville College, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., "Assistive Technology in Windows XP (any computer)" by Vera Blair, MLS, author/researcher, who will demonstrate various free adaptive technologies that are already included in anyone’s Windows XP software. Program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., "Pride and Prejudice" theatre excerpts acted by the Maryville High School Drama Department, under the direction of Sherry Petrowski and the Maryville High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Bill Robinson, Jr., in the Main Gallery of the Library near the Reading Rotunda.


  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m., "Teen Mystery Night: The Pharaoh’s Curse." Teens (middle and high school) must pre-register at the library Reference Desk or call 273-1436 by Wednesday, Nov. 1. Free Food! Teens should meet at the side door (end of the library next to Regal Towers and Waterfront Grill).

October 1-31

  • "Katrina Survivors Quotations Art Exhibit" by RaRa Schlitt, on three squares in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Thimble and Butter Pat Collections" by Cathy Craig, in two display cases in the Main Gallery.
  • "Maryville College Homecoming Exhibit" by Joy Carver in three cubes and two vertical cases in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Pet Care Student Art Exhibit" by students at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Art Panels near the Reading Rotunda.
  • "Tractors Display" by Circulation Department on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery.
  • "Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild Exhibit" by Bill Sweeney on Art Wall at the Bookmark Cafe.
  • "Dixie Porter Artwork on two easels in Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
  • Genealogy Exhibit by Reference Department in Genealogy Display Cases at Reference Department.

Free, registraion required. Sign up at Genealogy Desk of Reference or call 865-273-1436 for two-hour classes in

  • Intro to PC (Meet the Mouse)n
  • E-Mail
  • Introductory On-line Genealogy
  • Library On-line Catalog and Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)
  • Internet Searching

October Book: My Sister’s Keeper, by Jody Picoult
Place: Library Board Room
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11 (2nd Wednesday of each month)
Time: 10:15 a.m.

Children’s Library: 865-273-1414:

  • Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. (Pre-K) and 7 p.m. (Elementary), Hootin’ Halloween with Storyteller, Mary Peterson in the Children’s Library.

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

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour, in the Children’s Library.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 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.
  • Oct. 3, Grades 3-6 - Animal Wind Chimes
  • Oct. 10, Grades K-2 - Tootsie Pop Spiders
  • Oct. 17, Grades 3-6 - Serendipity Surplus Day
  • Oct. 24, Grades K-2 - Halloween Reflector Necklace
  • Oct. 31, Grades 3-6 - Clothespin Cuties
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m., Chess Club, Elementary grade levels, in the Children’s Library.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Reading Zone Elementary Story Hour, Grades K-2, in the Children’s Library. Story hour meets once a month within the library skills workshops’ program rotation.
  • 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:
  • Oct. 4, Grades 1-3 - Library Skills
  • Oct. 11, Grades 4-6 - Library Skills
  • Oct. 18, Grades 4-6 - Online Research
  • Oct. 25, Grades K-2 - Reading Zone Elementary Story Hour
  • 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.
  • Thursdays, Oct. 12 and 19, 4 p.m., Crypt-O-Classics Treasure Hunt, for Elementary Grades 4-6, in the Children’s Library.
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., Crypt-O-Classics Treasure Hunt, for Grade 3, in the Children’s Library.
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., Genealogy Club, Elementary grades 3-6, in the Children’s Library.
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Stamp Club, Elementary grades 3-6, in the Children’s Library.

Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts - in Children’s Library Reading Pond

  • Story Hour Themes: October is "Pumpkin Patch Tales" Month
  • Oct. 1-7, Pumpkin Pickin’ Party
  • Oct. 8-14, Books to Crow About
  • Oct.15-21, Falling into Book Leaves
  • Oct. 22 - 28, Cat’s Meow
  • Oct. 29-Nov.4, Creepy Crawly Slither Slink
  • 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. & 10:30 a.m., Pooh Pals, Ages 2 and under
  • Fridays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #3, Ages 3-5 years
  • Sunday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m., Musical Story Hour for pre-schoolers. Children enjoy music, motion, and stories in this lively activity hour in the Children’s Library Reading Pond.

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

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