Heralding the arrival of spring, Grace Notes Flute Choir will perform a concert during April, and teens will have the opportunity to explore their inner Goth by creating a “gock” (Goth sock) for Gock Week during National Library Week, April 13-19.
If you’ve never considered who will make your medical decisions in the event of a health crisis, you’re invited to a program on advance directives by Michelle Evans of the Blount Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Program. Then, in honor of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 19, the children’s library will host “Children’s Earth Day and Ecology Program.”
Once again, Blount County community members have a wonderful opportunity to peruse and purchase selections from the 40,000 used books for sale during the fund-raiser by the Friends of the Library during April 17 through19.
Then, on May 12, author, Jack B. Carman, will show slides and talk about the beautiful photographs in his book, “Wildflowers of Tennessee,” which is carried at the Visitors’ Centers in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
As usual, there’s something for everyone at the library. We hope to see you there!
EVENTS Lectures, Speakers, Workshops
• Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m., the library will close early to set up for the Foundation’s Spring Gala; tickets are $75.
• Sunday - Saturday, April 13-19, “National Library Week.” Join the Blount County Public Library staff in celebrating the joy of reading.
• “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees” public meeting will convene in May.
• “Used Book Sale” by Friends of the Blount County Public Library in the lower level of the library.
• Thursday, April 17, noon - 6 p.m., “Members Only”
• Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., “Open to the Public”
• Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., “Open to the Public”
• Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson room, “Who Will Make Your Medical Decisions?” Michelle Evans, Palliative Care outreach coordinator at Blount Memorial Hospital, will discuss how individuals can make decisions for their own health care in the event that they become incapacitated.
• Until April 15, sign up for an appointment for free AARP tax preparation by calling the library Reference Desk at 865-982-0981, Ext. 4, or 865-273-1436. AARP tax preparation consultants will complete forms and file electronically. Call the above numbers for more information.
• Monday, May 12, 7 p.m., “Wildflowers of Tennessee,” by author, Jack Carman, in the Dorothy Herron Rooms A & B.
• Sunday - Saturday, April 13-19, “Teen Gock Week.” Teens are invited to come to the library to use available materials--or bring your own--to create a “gock” (Gothic sock). Tap into your inner Goth by creating your own gock during National Library Week in the Teen Central section of the library.
EXHIBITS: April 1-30
• “Jennifer Leach Woodblock Prints Landscapes Art” exhibit by Nashville State Technical Community College Art Department professor on art wall at the library’s Bookmark Café.
• “Magical Moments” art exhibit by young adults at The Gates (Jo Bennett) freestanding cubes in the Entry Rotunda and panels on the back of magazine counters in the Main Gallery.
• “Blount Memorial Hospital Emotional Health & Recovery” art exhibit by Ray Evette in two vertical cases in the Entry Rotunda, Art panels at the Reading Rotunda and six easel spaces in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.
• “Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival” art exhibit by Smoky Mountains Visitors Center (Jeanie Hilten & Marian Schlauch) in three cubes in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Old Blount County Postcards” exhibit by Ken Cornett in two display cases in the Main Gallery and the Genealogy Case at the Reference Desk.
• “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Artwork” exhibit 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.
Free two-hour classes.. First six persons to arrive can attend class. Call or come by the Reference Desk at 865-273-1436 for information.
• “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room:
• Thursday, April 17, from 2 - 4 p.m.
• Thursday, May 8, from 2 - 4 p.m.
• “E-Mail,” in the Board Room:
•Thursday, April 24, from 2 - 4: p.m.
n “Internet: Use of the Internet and Internet Searching,” in the Board Room:
• Thursday, April 10, from 2 - 4 p.m.
• Saturday, April 26, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, May 1, from 2 - 4 p.m.
Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library. Phone: 865-273-1414
The library will close early at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12, to allow for preparation of the Spring Gala.
Join the library’s year-long celebration to “Discover the Joy of Reading”
National Library Week will be observed April 13-19.
• Friday, April 18, 4 p.m. “Paul Revere Rides Again” will be presented by Tim Richardson. The program for elementary aged children will highlight the famous poem and life of one of America’s important characters in history. Enjoy an afternoon of fun-filled learning.
• Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m., “Love your Earth Day” ecology program will be presented in the Children’s Library Reading Pond. Go Green! Vicki Wilson and Ashley McBee team up to offer fun and informative ideas for kids to help care for our world.
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, www.blountlibrary.org. 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, April 26, 3 p.m., Italian 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.
• Sundays, Family Game Day. Families with children of all ages can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon 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 with new crafts.
• April 15, Grades K-2, Tissue pencil holders
• April 22, Grades 3-6, Color umbrellas
• April 29, Grades K-2, Bug sand painting
• Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered quarterly to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, reference, online computer research, and book location. Watch for announcements of dates for the next session.
• Thursday, April 10, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with surplus crafts, Grades K-6, in children’s library.
• Thursday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New kids’ studio art class, offered by YEStudio (Youthful Expressions Studio) as a free community service project. This monthly art class will usually be offered on the last Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 may sign-up at the children’s check-out desk for the class.. Limit of 12 people per class with different students each month. Classes will include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.
• 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. - 9 p.m.) each Thursday.
• Thursdays, 4 p.m., Treasure Hunts are themed book searches and games where children follow the clues to the treasure box. The April Theme is “Book a Trip Around the World: Australia.” Sign-up at the children’s check-out desk.
• April 17, Grades 3-4 (third Thursday)
Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond
April Story Hour Theme: “Master the Art of Reading”
• 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 be offered by a professional presenter with stories, fun movement, and exploration of musical instruments for children ages birth to 5 years old. The program will be presented on the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m.
All programs are free and open to the public. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For more information about other library programs or services, call 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 e-mail by scrolling down and clicking on email@example.com and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.
Popular cooking classes continue in April
Join chef Amelia Walker as she introduces international flavors at a cooking class on Monday, April 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook.
Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 865-980-7100.