To add joy to the holidays, numerous musical groups and school choirs will be performing concerts at the Blount County Public Library. Santa Claus has even scheduled a visit with children in the warmth of the Reading Rotunda from 7:30-8:30 p.m. after the Parks & Recreation outdoor tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. across the pedestrian bridge on Monday, Dec. 8.
As you plan for the holidays, we invite you to make the library one of your stops.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., “Fine Arts Connection Holiday Vocal Music” directed by Kathy Huber, in the Reading Rotunda.
Thursday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m., “Eagleton Elementary School 4th & 5th grade Singers: Selections from Musicals” directed by Kim Juday, in the Reading Rotunda.
Friday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m., “Friendsville Elementary School 4th & 5th grade Chorus” directed by Barbara West, in the Reading Rotunda.
Friday, Dec. 5, 11:45 a.m., “Heritage Middle School Choir” directed by Carol Ward, in the Reading Rotunda.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m., Grace Notes Flute Choir, directed by Dr. Sue Swilley, in the Reading Rotunda.
Monday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., “City of Maryville Tree Lighting Ceremony” by City of Maryville, coordinated by Jane Groff, Cookie Crowson & Kelly Forster in the Greenbelt Park next to Pedestrian Bridge near The Daily Times building.
Monday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., “Santa Claus Visits with Children” (Indoors) by City of Maryville, Blount County Parks & Recreation & Blount County Public Library, coordinated by Cookie Crowson, Kelly Forster & Jane Groff, INDOORS in the Reading Rotunda of the Blount County Public Library.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., “”Eagleton Elementary School 4th & 5th grade Singers: Selections from Musicals” directed by Kim Juday, in the Reading Rotunda.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., “RAIN DATE for City of Maryville Tree Lighting Ceremony” by City of Maryville, coordinated by Jane Groff, Cookie Crowson & Kelly Forster in the Greenbelt Park next to Pedestrian Bridge near The Daily Times building.
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., “RAIN DATE for Santa Claus Visits with Children” (Indoors) by Blount County Parks & Recreation, City of Maryville & Blount County Public Library, coordinated by Cookie Crowson, Kelly Forster & Jane Groff indoors in the Reading Rotunda of the Blount County Public Library.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m., William Blount High School Singers, directed by Carol Bellgrau, a concert of holiday music in the Reading Rotunda.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m., “William Blount High School Cadence,” directed by Carol Bellgrau, a concert of holiday music in the Reading Rotunda.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., “Carpenters Middle School Singers,” directed by Tammy Marks, a concert of holiday music in the Reading Rotunda.
Monday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m., “BHEA Dance Ensemble” performed by students of the Blount Home Education Association and directed by DeeDee Turaski in the Reading Rotunda.
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., “ ‘The Gift of the Magi’ by O. Henry, Reading with Related Holiday Resources Available at the Blount County Public Library,” read by Kathy Pagles, Blount County Public Library Director, at the Blount County Commission meeting as “Best of Blount” at the Blount County Court House.
“Teen” Exhibit in the Teen Central area of the library.
Dec. 1-31 Exhibits
“Antique Christmas” Exhibit by Brenda Pasqua, in Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.
“Favorite Christmas Ornaments” Exhibit by Blount County Public Library staff in two display cases in the Main Gallery of the library.
“Something Old, Something New Quilt Exhibit of Traditional & Contemporary Quilts” by Darlene Bakos & Debbie McMurray in three cube display cases in the Entry Rotunda of the library.
“Maryville High School Student Artwork” Exhibit on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.
“Townsend Artisan Guild” Member Exhibit on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café.
“Waterfowl Wood Sculptures” Exhibit by Fred Binning in two vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda.
“Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Art” Exhibit on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.
“Circulation Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, on the Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery of the library.
NO classes will be held during December. FREE two-hour classes are offered most months in “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” “E-Mail” and “Internet: Use of the Internet & Internet Searching.” The first six persons to arrive can attend class. Call or come by the Reference Desk at 273-1436 for schedule of classes or if there are questions.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
December Book:Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Place: Library Board Room
Date: Dec. 10 (2nd Wednesday of each month)
Time: 10:30 a.m.
December 2008 Phone: 273-1414
(Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)
The Library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26 in observance of Christmas holiday and will close early on Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., and both days of the New Year, January 1 & 2.
Saturday, Dec. 13, ALL DAY National Cocoa Day will be celebrated with hot chocolate, marshmallows, and cookies at the Children’s Check-out Desk.
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:
First Monday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour
First Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour
First Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., Mes Amis French Story Hour
Last Saturday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m., Italian Story Hour
Elementary Age Activities:
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, www.blountlibrary.org. Visit the children’s library to see if you guessed the correct display topic.
Fiction Favorites - Kids’ Reviews. Read Juvenile Fiction books, write and share reviews. Find book review forms and logs at Children’s Check-out desk.
Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library. Sign up in Children’s Library to participate with new crafts.
Dec. 2 : Grades K-2 -- Joyful kazoo
Dec. 9: Grades 3-6 -- Designer boxes
Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered periodically to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location.
Dec. 3: Grades 3 & 4
Dec. 10: Grades 5 & 6
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with Surplus Crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.
Thursdays, 4 p.m., Treasure Hunts are themed book searches and games where children follow the clues to the treasure box. Program will resume after the first of the year in 2009.
Thursday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., 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 third Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 will enjoy classes that include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels. Note that there will be no December class; classes will resume on January 15, 2009.
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.
Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond:
December Children’s Theme: “Sugarplum Days”
Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m., Bubbles & Books story hours for ages 3-5 include bubbles, stories, puppets, fun, and crafts.
Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m., Twilight Tales story hour offers pre-school age children an interactive and relaxing hour of stories, show & tell, and activities.
Wednesday, 10 & 10:30 a.m., Tadpole Tales story hours for ages two and under include stories, songs & movement, rhyme time, puppets, crafts, and coloring.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 pm, Children’s Yoga Story Time offers ages 4-5 an interactive story hour with playful yoga poses. Sessions are presented by a certified yoga instructor. Bring a towel and stuffed animal to the Dorothy Herron Room B.
First Sunday of each month, 4 p.m., Musical Story Hour is offered by a professional presenter with stories, fun movement, and exploration of musical instruments for children ages birth to 5 years old. Program will resume in February 2009.
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, 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 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 email by scrolling down and clicking on firstname.lastname@example.org and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.