Library Calendar:

June 2007 Calendar of Events at Blount County Public Library

As a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair, the library will host an exhibit and a speaker to share some behind-the-scenes stories about when the world came to Knoxville and some of the things that happened during the six months of the Fair. Another program will feature an author/composer who collaborated with an artist/illustrator, as well as musicians and dancers, to create the "birth" of a new children’s story book. (This program will include music from original compositions, a 15-piece art display, and the description of the collaborative process that yielded a new book.)
All young cow pokes are invited to hustle on down to the library for a rootin’ tootin’ good time at the Summer Reading Kick-Off on June 2, and for subsequent events each Saturday through July 28. Children can sign up for the summer reading program on June 2 or any other time in June or July.


  • Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m., "Marshal Andy Smalls" presents songs and stories of the Old West in the Reading Rotunda.
  • Saturday, June 2, noon, "Outta the Blue Band," offers lively western tunes by a sisters act, in the Reading Rotunda.
  • Saturday, June 2, 1 p.m., "Sisters of the Silver Sage," delights the audience with swing western songs and mournful ballads, including original songs for which they were selected 2004 "Western Group of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists, in the Reading Rotunda.

EVENTS: Lectures, Speakers, Workshops:

  • Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kick-off events for "Rompin’ Stompin’ Reading Rodeo" Summer Reading Club:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Sign-up for summer reading club and participate in children’s games and activities in the Children’s Library.
    10 a.m. - noon - Faces Gone Wild face-painting in gallery
    12 - 1p.m. - Wrangler’s Rompin’ Stompin’ Free Favorite Food
    11 a.m. - "Marshal Andy Smalls" takes us back to the Old West with songs and stories in the Reading Rotunda.
    12 p.m. - "Outta the Blue Band" offers lively western tunes from this talented sisters act in the Reading Rotunda.
    1 p.m. - "Sisters of the Silver Sage" will delight everyone with their wonderful original songs and old favorites. Don’t miss this and 2004 "Western Group of the Year" in the Reading Rotunda.
  • 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, Board and Secretary 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, TN. 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.


  • Friday, June 1, sign-up begins for the Summer Teen Reading Program from June 1 through July 31. Teens, grades 6-12, are invited to sign up at the Genealogy Reference Desk for participation in the program. There will be a weekly drawing for prizes with a concluding party on Sunday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. There will be a drawing for the grand prizes, a $70 Visa gift card and an iPod Shuffle.
  • June 1-30, Teen Bulletin Board on the bulletin board in the Teen area of the Library.

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 Underwoodin 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.

June Book: "The Illuminator" by Brenda Vantrease, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 13. The second Wednesday of each month.

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

  • Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kick-off events for "Rompin’ Stompin’ Reading Rodeo" Summer Reading Club
  • Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m., Scott Humston, Magician, in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.
  • 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.

  • Wednesday, June 6, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour.
  • 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 5 - grades 3-6, Mobile Creativity
  • June 12 - grades K-2, Wild West Foam Stamps
  • 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 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 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

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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