Library Calendar:

The new library is five years old, and in recognition of the library’s fifth birthday in the new building and in celebration of National Library Week, the three boards (Trustees, Foundation and Friends) of the Blount County Public Library are conducting a week-long slate of events, April 15-21, to feature the library. During that week the Friends will also be conducting a Used Book Sale in the lower level of the library.

Teens are invited to a Teen Open Mic Poetry Night at the library and are invited throughout the month to participate in a poetry exchange at the Teen bulletin board.

Two musical concerts are scheduled in April, and James Newburn of UT Gardens will discuss "The Best of UT Gardens - summer flowers, annuals and plants. On Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, Fine Arts Blount will hold their annual member art show and an area high school student art show.

We hope to see you at the library!

MUSIC:

  • Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., "Rejoice Choir," concert in the Reading Rotunda.

EVENTS: Lectures, Speakers, Workshops:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6, 7 and 8, Library closed for Spring Break.
  • 5th Birthday Celebration of the New Library Building during National Library Week (Sunday, April 15 through Saturday April 21) - sponsored by the three Library Boards (Trustees, Foundation and Friends)of the Blount County Public Library:
  • Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m., "Literacy and the Church: A Discussion of ‘The Book’ and Books," by a panel of community clergy coordinated by Jason McNeal in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Monday, April 16, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., "Oak Ridge Technology Corridor - Economic Impacts for the Region" by Thomas Ballard, director of Economic Development and Partnerships for UT-Battelle, the managing contractor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Coffee and Forum hosted by the Blount County Chamber of Commerce in the Dorothy Herron Rooms of the library.
  • Tuesday evening, April 17, "Celebrating Diversity" Booths by 6 Girl Scout troops, coordinated by Kimberly Proffitt, in the meeting room hallway of the library.
  • Wednesday, April 18, "Looking Good - Feeling Good" coordinated by Joy Bishop in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • 10 a.m., "Hair Styling Demonstration and Lecture," by Patsy Schmidt Love, owner, Schmidt and Designers.
  • 11 a.m., "Wellness as We Age," exercises appropriate for good health, led by Leslie Rutherford, director, Blount Memorial Wellness Center
  • 1 p.m., "Skin Care," demonstration on an audience member volunteer, by Jimmye Holloway, Licensed Aesthetician, L.M.T., owner of Natural Approach.
  • 2 p.m., "Makeup," demonstration and lecture by Yvonne Butler, owner, Merle Norman.
  • Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. "Children’s Story Time" by area high school students, coordinated by Hardy DeYoung, in the Children’s Library Reading Pond.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m., "Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting," in the Board Room.
  • "Used Book Sale" by Friends of the Blount County Public Library in the lower level of the library.
  • Thursday, April 19, 12 noon to 6 p.m., "Members Only"
  • Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., "Open to the Public"
  • Saturday, April 21, 9 am to 3 p.m., "Open to the Public"
  • Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., "The Best of UT Gardens - Selecting and Growing - Summer Flowers, Annuals and Plants" program by James Newburn of UT Gardens, presented in cooperation with the Blount County Master Gardeners Association in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., "Fine Arts Blount Annual Member Art Show and Area High School Student Art Show" in Dorothy Herron Rooms A & B, Sharon Lawson Room and Meeting Room Hall.

TEEN PROGRAMS:

  • Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Teen Open Mic Poetry Night. Teens (grades 6-12) are invited to the library to share poetry by reading or reciting original poetry or someone else’s poetry in the Sharon Lawson Room. Refreshments will be available
  • April 1-30, Teen Poetry Exchange: Take a Poem, Leave a Poem on the bulletin board in the Teen area of the Library. Throughout the month of April, teens are invited to the library to read, write, enjoy and/or share poetry in the Teen section of the library. All poems must indicate author’s name. If you need to know where the Teen section is located, ask any Reference librarian.

EXHIBITS:
April 1-30

  • "Altered Books and Clay Dioramas" student art exhibit by Annamaria Gundlach, in two vertical cases in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Pellissippi State Student Art Exhibit" by Bill Eanes, Blount Campus Assistant Dean and Marty Komorny, Art Instructor, on Art Wall at library’s Bookmark Café.
  • "Blount Home Education Association Student Photography Class Exhibit" on art panels at the Reading Rotunda area of the Main Gallery.
  • "Young Naturalists Club" exhibit by Christian Home Education Network in three cubes in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Walking Canes" exhibit by Bev Johnson in 2 Display Cases in the Main Gallery.
  • "Make Mine Chocolate" exhibit by Kathy Burke in Reference Department Genealogy Display Case at the Reference Desk.
  • "Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Artwork" on two easels in Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
  • "Easter and Bunnies Don’t Mix" poster on one easel in the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery of the library.
  • "Drinking Water Awareness" exhibit by South Blount Utility District on one easel in the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
  • 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. (Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)
Special Program:

  • Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., Special Story Hour will be presented by Future Business Leaders of America.
  • Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m., Children’s Reading Time celebrating National Library Week.

Monthly Surprise Display-- will be showcased in the children’s library office window. The monthly topic will not be publicized, but children can guess the theme by reading clues on the library’s website. Visit the children’s library to see if you guessed the correct display topic.

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

  • Wednesday, April 4, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour
  • Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour

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.
  • Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library. Sign up in Children’s Library to participate.
  • April 10 - Grades 3-6, Daisy Pinwheels
  • April 17 - Grades K-2, Designer Pinwheels
  • April 24 - Grades 3-6, Frog Frame
  • Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m., Chess Club, Elementary grade levels.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 4 p.m., Reading Zone Elementary Story Hour, Grades K-2,. Story hour meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
  • 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 & Computer Catalog Skills.
  • April 11 - Grades 4-6, Library Skills
  • April 18 - Grades 4-6, Online Research
  • 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 all day and evening (9:00 am to 9:00 pm) each Thursday.
  • Thursdays, April 12 & 19, 4 p.m., "Rain! Rain!" Book Search for Grades 4-6, in the Children’s Library. Please sign-up at the Children’s Circulation Desk.
  • Thursday, April 26, 4 p.m., "Rain! Rain!" Book Search for 3rd Grade, in the Children’s Library. Please sign-up at the Children’s Circulation Desk.
  • AprilFriday, April 20, 4:30 p.m., Stamp Club for elementary aged children.
    Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond
  • Story Hour Theme: "If you give kids great books?"
  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #1, Ages 3-5 years
  • Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, 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 #2, Ages 3-5 years

Musical Story Hour: Sunday, April 1, 4 p.m., Musical Story Hour will be offered by professional presenter with stories, fun movement, and exploration of musical instruments for children ages birth to 5 years old.

The library will be closed April 6-8.

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.

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