Library Calendar:

EVENTS: Lectures, Speakers, Workshops:
  • Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m., Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees meeting in the board room.
  • Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m., "Behind the Scenes at the 1982 World’s Fair," by Tom Sudman, a member of the Executive Management Committee for the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. Presentation in the Sharon Lawson meeting room.
  • Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m., "Insect and Plant Disease in Your Garden," by Beth Babbit, Urban Horticulture Area Extension Specialist for the University of Tennessee Extension in Knoxville, Tennessee Master Gardener Program Coordinator and co-host of "The Garden Girls" radio program on WNOX 100.3 in Knoxville. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson meeting room.
  • Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m., "Birth of a Story Book," by Lois Rood, author and composer, and Ruth Phipps, artist and illustrator. Fifteen original acrylic paintings by Ruth Phipps will be displayed at the program along with single pages of text for each of the paintings. Together, these will comprise pages of Lois Rood’s children’s story book. Lois Rood will play a CD of 15 original compositions as she relates the process of the birth of this children’s story. The program will be in the Reading Rotunda.
  • Wednesday, July 4, Library closed in honor of Independence Day.

June 1-30 Exhibits:

  • "Fairy Fantasy" acrylics art exhibit by Ruth Phipps, illustrator, on Art Wall at library’s Bookmark Café.
  • "25th Anniversary 1982 World’s Fair" exhibit by Nancy Underwood in three cubes in the Main Gallery.
  • "Mornings at West Millers Cove" photography exhibit by Bob Quinn on art panels at the Reading Rotunda.
  • "License Plate" life-size sculptures exhibit by Steve Russell in the Entry Rotunda, Main Gallery at Circulation and Main Gallery at Children’s Library.
  • "Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont" exhibit by Kent Jones, in two vertical cases in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Return to Yesteryear" exhibit by Betty Best in Reference Department genealogy display case at the reference desk.
  • "Children’s Summer Reading Program" exhibit by Children’s Library in two display cases in the Main Gallery.
  • "Pandemic Flu Information" exhibit by the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Blount County Health Department on two easels in one sitting area of the Main Gallery.
  • "Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild Member Artwork" on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.
  • Display by Circulation Department on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery.

Children’s Library: 865-273-1414. (Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)

  • Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m., "A Day With Laura Ingles Wilder," presented by Julie Duke, Children’s Library Services Consultant of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Join Julie as she portrays Ms. Wilder in period costume, in the Children’s Library Reading Pond.
  • Monday, June 18, 2 p.m., Ron Lighty, ventriloquist, will perform in the Children’s Library Reading Pond.
  • Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m., Faye Wooden, storyteller, will perform in the Children’s Library Reading Pond.
  • Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m., "Farm Wildlife" will be presented by the Knoxville Zoomobile in the Sharon Lawson meeting room.

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 Web site. 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. Please call the library to verify that story hour will be held as scheduled.

  • Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour. Additional volunteer readers are needed.
    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.
  • June 19 - grades 3-6, Concho Key Chains
  • June 26 - grades K-2, Visors
  • 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 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each Thursday.
  • ATTENTION: All clubs, workshops, and book searches will be suspended during the summer months. They will resume in September.

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

  • June Story Hour theme: "Rompin’ Stompin’ Reading Roundup"
  • 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 will not meet in June but will be offered again in July.

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

Teen reading club offers prizes, summer reading
Teens, would you like the opportunity to win an iPod Shuffle, a $70 Visa gift card or a $25 Foothills Mall gift card? In addition, there are weekly drawings for prizes such as movie passes or $10 gift cards. Interested?

During the months of June and July, young people who are students in middle school or high school are invited to register to participate in the Teen Summer Reading Club at the Blount County Public Library. It’s easy to participate. Register at the Reference Desk and then pick up your reading log and a copy of the rules for the 2007 Summer Reading program.

For each 500 pages read, beginning June 1, teens may enter names once for a drawing. To enter, take the reading log to the Reference Desk at the library where a library staff member will initial it and give you an entry form to fill out and place in the prize box. For the first entry, you will also receive a small prize. There will be weekly drawings for small prizes such as movie passes or $10 gift cards. Teens do not have to be present to win weekly drawings.

Additional entries may be earned by reading books by author Richard Peck, who will be coming to the Blount County Library in September to visit with teen fans. For each Peck book read, you will receive one extra entry for the drawing. A list of titles by Richard Peck is available at the library.

Drawings for the grand prizes, an iPod Shuffle, a $70 Visa gift card, and a $25 Foothills Mall gift card, will be on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the library Summer Reading finale celebration. Teens must be present to win any grand prize.

Teens may enter the contest as many times as 500 pages are read. To participate, students must have a Blount County Public Library card. Students without cards may receive library cards free at the library’s Circulation Desk with proper identification for Blount County residents and $20 for nonresidents. Minors must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature.

‘Garden Girls’ host presents program on June 28
If you’d like to know how to diagnose and treat your garden plants when the leaves are curling or turning brown, or when the newest crop of Japanese beetles or aphids invade your flower beds, then you’ll want to meet Beth Babbit.

Babbit, co-host of "The Garden Girls" radio show on WNOX 100.3 and Urban Horticulture Area Extension Specialist from the University of Tennessee Plant Sciences Department, will present a program, "Insect and Plant Disease in Gardens" at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, June 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Babbit holds bachelors and masters degrees in Horticulture, has worked as a landscaper for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Hotel, was a senior gardener for Opryland, managed nurseries, and served as Tennessee Master Gardener Coordinator.

Co-sponsored by the library and the Blount County Master Gardeners Association, this program is free and open to the public.

1982 World’s Fair is topic of library program
Many images come to mind when remembering the 1982 World’s Fair such as the Sunsphere, Energy Express, the visit by President Ronald Reagan, cuisine from other countries, nightly fireworks, terra cotta soldiers, a Peruvian mummy, a Japanese robot that painted pictures, an entire exhibition hall full of toys and Up With People to name a few.

Whatever events, pavilions, restaurants, games or rides were your favorite, most people agree that the 1982 World’s Fair was an exciting time.

Thomas E. (Tom) Sudman, a founding member, director, and member of the executive committee of the fair, will present a program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, to discuss some of the plans, hopes, and dreams of the original 1982 World’s Fair planners. Sudman also has multitudes of anecdotes to share and will respond to the interests of the audience during the program.

For the month of June, an exhibit of 1982 World’s Fair artifacts is in the Entry Rotunda of the library.

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