Library Calendar:

During the merry month of May at the Blount County Public Library, you are invited to enjoy concerts by musical groups Rose Cottage Flute Choir, a new-to-Blount County group, and Asagao, Evensong & Wesley Belles Handbells Choirs from First United Methodist Church, Maryville.

Continuing the tradition of exhibiting student artwork at the library, the work of Blount County Schools Middle and Elementary School student art winners will be displayed through Friday, May 11. In addition, throughout the full month of May, other exhibits will include a senior art project, "A New Creation" portraits by Jonathan Howe, local Blount County resident and 2007 graduate of Maryville College. Other exhibits will include memorabilia from the "1982 World’s Fair during its 25th anniversary" and Tennessee Postal History."
We hope to see you at the library this spring.


  • Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m., "Asagao Handbells Choir, Evensong Handbells Choir & Wesley Belles Handbells Choir," concert, directed by Terry Wilson, Director of Music, and Susan Daves, Assistant Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, Maryville, in the Reading Rotunda

EVENTS: Lectures, Speakers, Workshops:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m., "Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting," in the Board Room.
  • Monday, May 28, Library closed in honor of Memorial Day.


  • Friday, June 1, Sign Up Begins for the Summer Teen Reading Program (June 1 through July 31). Teens (grades 6-12) are invited to the library to sign up at the Genealogy Reference Desk for participation in the program to read books. There will be a weekly drawing for prizes and a concluding party for all participants at the library along with a drawing for the Grand Prize.
  • May 1-31, Teen Bulletin Board on the bulletin board in the Teen area of the Library.

May 1-31 Exhibits:

  • "A New Creation" Portraits Art Exhibit" by Jonathan Howe, Senior Art Student & 2007 Graduate of Maryville College, on Art Wall at library’s Bookmark Café.
  • "25th Anniversary 1982 World’s Fair" exhibit by Nancy Underwood in 2 Display Cases in the Main Gallery.
  • "Tennessee Postal History" exhibit by Barry VanWinkle in Reference Department Genealogy Display Case at the Reference Desk.

May 1-11 Exhibits:

  • "Blount County Schools Middle School Student 3-D Art Winners" exhibit, in two vertical cases and 3 cube display cases in the Entry Rotunda.
  • "Blount County Schools Middle School Student 3-D Art Winners" exhibit on art panels at the Reading Rotunda area of the Main Gallery.
  • "Blount County Schools Elementary School Student 2-D Art Winners" exhibit, on glass areas of the Sunshine Room in the Children’s Library.
  • "Blount County Schools Elementary School Student 3-D Art Winners" exhibit, in offices in the Reference Deparment.
  • "Drinking Water Awareness" exhibit by South Blount Utility District on one easel in one Sitting Area of the Main Gallery.

May 1-31 Exhibits:

  • "Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Artwork" on two easels in Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
  • "Daniel Jenkins Art Exhibit" display on five easels in the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery of the library.
  • Display by Circulation Department on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery.

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    Children’s Library: 865-273-1414. (Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)
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  • Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., The Magic of Reading with Ben Franklin. Professional impersonator, Dr. Rich Davis, will present an evening with the historically famous and fascinating Benjamin Franklin. He will share the joys of reading with all ages. The program will be presented in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.
  • Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m., Kids to Kids Story Hour in the Reading Pond.

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.

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