Library Calendar:

For people looking for interesting events to get out and do during the month of February, the Blount County Public Library is sponsoring several remedies for cabin fever including the fourth annual Valentine’s concert by the Maryville High School Harp Ensemble under the direction of Mr. William Lovelace and Mr. Bill Robinson.

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, Randolph’s Shop.

The Blount County Public Library isn’t 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 children’s programs, a wide array of free DVDs, VHS movies, music CD’s, 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....


  • Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., "Randolph’s Shop" by Author, J. Randolph Bulgin (former Alcoa, Inc. engineer), in the Sharon Lawson Room.
  • Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m., "Maryville High School Harp Ensemble," fourth annual Valentine’s 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’ Day.
  • 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 Room.
  • 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.

Jan. 1-31

  • 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.

Feb. 1-31

  • "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 Children’s Library.
  • "Sea Scout Sailing Boat" exhibit (full-size boat and sails) by George Hubble, leader, and Sea Scouts, in Main Gallery of the library.
  • "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 Entry Rotunda.
  • "Teen Mask Sculptures" exhibit created during Blount County Public Library class" by Annamaria Gundlach in one cube in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "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)
  • E-Mail
  • Internet Searching


  • 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.

Children’s Library: 865-273-1414:
Special Program:

  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Charlotte’s 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 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, 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 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. Sign up in Children’s 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 levels.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 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 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 children’s 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 Children’s Library. Please sign-up at the Children’s Circulation Desk.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., "I Spy" Book Search for 3rd Grade, in the Children’s Library. Please sign-up at the Children’s Circulation Desk.
  • Friday, Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m., Stamp Club for elementary-aged children.
  • Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts in Children’s 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 under
  • 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

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at, 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 and putting "subscribe" in the subject line.

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