Blount County Library Calendar for January 2009

With the holidays soon a recent memory, January usually ushers in a bit slower pace with time for reflection and settling back for some personal or family leisure time.

With its wide range of services and programs, the library offers the perfect place for programs, books, free DVD & VHS movies (including new releases and a check-out period of one week!), computer internet access, genealogy research via HeritageQuest Online or (a new database!), intriguing exhibits of art and collectibles, and many other features.

There is even a BookMark Café with a delightful selection of gourmet coffees, hot chocolate, smoothies and luscious desserts.

Music and Concerts:

Monday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., “Dr. Eric Littleton Piano Concert” by Eric Littleton, M.D., concert pianist and composer. Dr. Littleton, a Sevier County physician, will perform music from his CDs, “The Music Between the Notes” and “Notes on Love and Friendship” as well as other new compositions. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.


Thursday and Friday, Jan. 1 and 2, the library will be closed for New Year’s. The library will be open for regular hours on Saturday, January 3.

Mid-January, Sign-ups Begin for Appointments for free AARP Tax Preparation” by calling the library Reference Desk at 982-0981, Ext. 4. AARP Tax Preparation begins in February. Call the above numbers for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., “Seniors: What Can Technology Do for You?” by Lorrie Willbergh-York, Executive Director of East Tennessee Technology Access Center (ETTAC). This will be a hands-on exhibit and demonstration of helpful tools for seniors with disabilities and will include devices for aid in grooming, dressing, cooking, eating, vision, communication, listening/hearing, home modifications, and adaptive computers and software. During this time-period, seniors and/or their families can come by and try assistive devices and get answer to questions about everything from independent living concerns to using computers and email. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15, 16 and 17, Used Book Sale fundraiser for the library where more than 40,000 books are availabe-$1 for soft cover and $2.50 for hard cover, plus specially priced collectibles and others--by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library (FOL)

Thursday, Jan. 15, 12 noon until 6 p.m. Members Only Sale, an opportunity for FOL members to purchase books before other members of the public are admitted to the sale. FOL memberships are available at the door, in the Library lower level.

Friday & Saturday, Jan. 16 -17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Used Book Sale - Open to the Public, in the Library lower level.

Monday, Jan. 19, Library closed in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m., Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, in the Board Room.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Quilts Then and Now with Quilt Trunk Show, by Darlene Bakos and Debbie McMurray, a talk and exhibit of historic and contemporary quilts and patterns in the Sharon Lawson Room.


Jan. 3-31 Exhibits:

“William Blount High School Student Artwork” Exhibit by students of Ms. Doris Poppelreiter on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.

“Seniors: What Can Technology Do For You” Exhibit by Blount County Public Library staff in two display cases in the Main Gallery of the library.

“International Student Art” Exhibit by Blount County and Maryville English as Second Language students in one cube display in the Entry Rotunda of the library.

“Mixed Media Art Exhibit” by Kasey Nell Lawson, Alice Lafoy and Dana Poore on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café.

“Porcelain Animals-Domestic and Exotic” Exhibit by Faye Poteet in two vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda.

“Blount County Beekeepers Exhibit” by Dennis Barry in two cube display cases in the Entry Rotunda of the library.

“Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Art” Exhibit on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.

“A Book, a Blanket & a Pot of Tea” Exhibit by Blount County Public Library staff members, in Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.

“Circulation Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, on the Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery of the library.

Computer Classes:

Free two-hour classes. 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.

Thursday, January 15, 2- 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, January 22, 2- 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, January 29, 2- 4 p.m., “Internet,” in the Board Room.

Book Discussion Group:

January Book: Through a Glass Darkly by Donna Leon

Place: Library Board Room

Date: Jan. 14 (2nd Wednesday of each month)

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Teen Programs:

Play Chess at the Library - Beginnin in January, middle and high school students are invited to check out a chess board and pieces at the Reference Desk and play chess with friends in the Teen Central area of the library.

Children’s Programs:

January 2008 Phone:273-1414

(Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)

The Library will be closed all day on January 1 and 2 in observance of the New Year holiday, and Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour (Please note February date)

First Wednesday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m., Japanese 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, 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. Jan. 6, grades K-2 will make dragons. Jan. 13, grades 3-6 will make Chinese dragons. Jan 20, grades K-2 will make bobble head dragons. Jan. 27, grades 3-6 will design their own dragons.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 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 in February.

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.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m., Children’s Art Class is offered as a FREE community service project. Early elementary aged children meet at the craft tables for art projects presented by Fine Arts Connection.

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 and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond:

December Children’s Theme: “Reading is Mammoth Fun”

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, Jan. 10, 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

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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