For sailing enthusiasts and young sailor wannabes, the Sea Scouts will have a full-size sailboat on display throughout the month. Other interesting programs will include a China travelogue and slide program, and author, J. Randolph Bulgin, formerly an engineer at Alcoa, Inc., will speak about his book about metalsmithing, Randolphs Shop.
The Blount County Public Library isnt just books any more. A helpful, professional staff provide assistance with access to print and community resources, informational programs, musical concerts, an excellent local history collection and an online genealogy HeritageQuest database, computer classes, a café offering soup along with desserts and beverages, numerous art exhibits and collections exhibits, multiple weekly childrens programs, a wide array of free DVDs, VHS movies, music CDs, Books on Tape and CD, books downloadable to your own computer from R.E.A.D.S. (ask about this program at the circulation desks), free internet and wireless access?and much more....
EVENTS AND SPEAKERS:
- Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., "Randolphs Shop" by Author, J.
Randolph Bulgin (former Alcoa, Inc. engineer), in the Sharon Lawson
- Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m., "Maryville High School Harp Ensemble,"
fourth annual Valentines concert with 10-13 harps and 20 or so
harpists, directed by Mr. William Lovelace and Mr. Bill Robinson, in
the Reading Rotunda.
- Monday, Feb. 19, Library closed in observance of Presidents
- Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., "Blount County Public Library Board of
Trustees Meeting," in the Board Room.
- Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., "China Travelogue and Slide Program" by
David and Ann Wilson, English as Second Language instructors in China
part of each year in the Sharon Lawson Room.
- Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., "Selecting and Growing Native Perennials
(Flowering plants and plants other than trees and shrubs)" by the
Blount County Master Gardeners Association, in the Sharon Lawson
- Tennessee Library Association Library Legislative Day, Feb. 27. Representatives of the Blount County Public Library, Board and Friends, will meet with legislators in Nashville to advocate for library-related issues. The library will be open regular hours.
- Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m., "Sailing with Sea Scouts by Sea Scout teens and George Hubble, Sea Scout leader. All high school and middle school students (both boys and girls) are invited to attend this program featuring Sea Scouting and Sea Scouts, a branch of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout program. The program will be in the Dorothy Herron Room A.
- "Heritage High School Student Art Exhibit" by Carla Hawkinson,
Heritage High School Art Department Head, on wall exhibit panels in the
Main Gallery near the Childrens Library.
- "Sea Scout Sailing Boat" exhibit (full-size boat and sails) by
George Hubble, leader, and Sea Scouts, in Main Gallery of the
- "Paperclips: Shapes and Sizes" exhibit by Chrisopher Veal, in one
cube in the Entry Rotunda.
- "Volunteers for China" exhibit by Ann Wilson in one cubes in the
- "Teen Mask Sculptures" exhibit created during Blount County Public
Library class" by Annamaria Gundlach in one cube in the Entry
- "Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center" exhibit by Hope Whitehead,
in one vertical case in the Entry Rotunda.
- "Big Brother/Big Sister Organization" exhibit by Jessica Copling,
in one vertical case in the Entry Rotunda.
- "Art Wall Exhibit" on art wall at Bookmark Cafe.
- "Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild Member Artwork" on two easels
in Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
- "Genealogy Exhibit" by Reference Department in Genealogy Display
Case at the Reference Desk.
- "Reference Department Exhibit" by Blount County Public Library
staff, in two display cases in the Main Gallery.
- "Display" by Circulation Department on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery.
First six persons to arrive can attend class. Call or come by the Reference Desk at 273-1436 for schedule of two-hour classes in
- Intro to PC (Meet the Mouse)
- Internet Searching
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
- February Book: Night of Broken Glass by Arthur Miller. In the library board room. February 14 (2nd Wednesday of each month). Time: 10:30 a.m.
Childrens Library: 865-273-1414:
- Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Charlottes Web Book / Movie Chat.
Join the fun as children compare the book version with the movie
versions of this classic story.
- New?Monthly Surprise Display will be showcased in the childrens library office window. The monthly topic will not be publicized, but children can guess the theme by reading clues on the librarys website. Visit the childrens 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, Feb. 7, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour
- Saturday, Feb. 24, 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
Childrens 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. Sign up in
Childrens Library to participate.
- Feb. 6 - Grades K-2, Heart & Butterfly Chimes
- Feb. 13 - Grades 3-6, Beaded Comb
- Feb. 20 - Grades K-2, Fantastic Fans
- Feb. 27 - Grades 3-6, Beanbag Balls
- Tuesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., Chess Club, Elementary grade
- Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Reading Zone Elementary Story Hour,
Grades K-2. Story hour meets on the fourth Wednesday of each
- Wednesdays at 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops. Must be a reader
and sign up in Childrens Library to participate. Learn Dewey
Decimal System and Computer Catalog Skills:
- Feb. 7 - Grades 1-3, Library Skills
- Feb. 14 - Grades 4-6, Library Skills
- Feb. 21 - 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 childrens activity tables all day and evening (9
a.m. to 9 p.m.) each Thursday.
- Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 15, 4 p.m., "I Spy" Book Search for Grades
4-6, in the Childrens Library. Please sign-up at the
Childrens Circulation Desk.
- Thursday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., "I Spy" Book Search for 3rd Grade, in
the Childrens Library. Please sign-up at the Childrens
- Friday, Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m., Stamp Club for elementary-aged
- Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts in Childrens Library
Reading Pondn February Story Hour Theme: "Read it, Sing it, Make it,
Play it @ your library®"
- Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #1, 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
- Fridays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #2, Ages 3-5 years
- Musical Story Hour: Sunday, Feb. 4, 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 February 19 in celebration of Presidents Day.
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 email@example.com and
putting "subscribe" in the subject line.