If you’re wondering how to spend the Saturday following Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong by bringing your sweetheart to the annual Harp Concert, with up to 12 full-size harps and up to 20 harpists. Other programs for February include learning about the Civil Air Patrol’s Search and Rescue program, selecting a new computer, and presentations by two authors titled “Selling What You Write” and “Cades Cove: Window to a Secret World,” which is a photography book and program by Bill Lea. If you have an old Bible with family records in it, you might bring it for the DAR to make instant copies. AARP is once again offering free tax preparation assistance at the library. by appointment only.
• Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., “Maryville High School Harp Concert” with ten to 12 harps and up to 20 harpists, directed by Bill Robinson and William Lovelace, in the Reading Rotunda.
• Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., “Choosing Your New Computer” program providing need-to-know, practical tips for first-time PC buyers by Paul Hackulich, in the Dorothy Herron Room A.
• Monday, Feb. 18 the library is closed in observance of Presidents Day.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room. Please note earlier meeting time.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., “Cades Cove: Window to a Secret World” photography book and program, by Bill Lea, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., “Selling What You Write” program of tips for writers and potential writers, by Shannon Cournoyer, in the Dorothy Herron Room A.
• Thursday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, “Bring Family Records from Bibles Published before 1930 for Daughters of American Revolution (DAR), Blount County Chapter, to Copy,” in the Genealogy Department.
• Any time in February or March, “Sign up for 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 begins Saturday, Feb. 2.
• Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., “Teen Read at the Library Day” in observance of the National Education Association Read Across America Day.
EXHIBITS: February 1-29
• Language of Diversity” exhibit by Margie Stewart and RaRa Schlitt on three freestanding exhibits in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Heritage High School” art exhibit by students of Carla Hawkinson on art panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.
• “Fine Arts Blount Member Exhibit” by members of Fine Arts Blount on art wall at library’s Bookmark Café.
• “Porcelain Bird and Flower Figurines” exhibit by Faye Poteet in two vertical cases in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Student Artwork” exhibit by art students of Annamaria Gundlach, part of a Tennessee Arts Commission grant, in three cubes in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Artwork” exhibit on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.
• “Salt and Pepper Shakers” collection exhibit by Kim Smith in Genealogy display case near the Reference #2 Desk.
• “Depression-Era Friendship Quilt” exhibit by Joan VanSickle Sloan in one display case in the Main Gallery.
• “World War II-Era Silk Wedding Dress” exhibit by Joan VanSickle Sloan in one display case in the Main Gallery.
• “Knitting/Crocheting” display by Circulation Department on Circulation desk cabinets and new books shelves in the Main Gallery.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Free two-hour classes meet in the Board Room. First six people to arrive can attend class. Call or visit the Reference Desk for a schedule or questions..
• Thursday, Feb. 7, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse.”
• Thursday, Feb. 14, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail.”
• Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet.”
• Thursday, Feb. 28, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse.”
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
February Book: “The Girls Who Went Away” by Anne Fessler
Place: Library Board Room
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 13 (2nd Wednesday of each month)
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library.
Join the library’s year-long celebration to “Discover the Joy of Reading”
• Thursday, Feb.21, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., New Kids’ Studio Art Class, offered by YES (Youthful Expressions Studio) as a free community service project. This monthly art class will be offered on the third Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 may sign-up at the children’s check-out desk for each month’s class. Limit of 12 people per class. Classes will include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.
Foreign Language Story Hours: Community volunteers will present bilingual stories and crafts for all interested children. Call the library to verify that story hour will be held as scheduled:
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 at www.blountlibrary.org. Visit the children’s library to see if you guessed the correct display topic.
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.
• Feb. 12, Grades 3-6 - Multicultural Puzzles
• Feb. 19, Grades K-2 - Paper Fans
• Feb. 26, Grades 3-6 - Ethnic Twist Cubes
• Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location:
• Feb. 6, Grades 3 and 4 - Library Study Skills
• Feb 13, Grades 5 and 6 - Library Study Skills
• Thursday, Feb. 14, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with surplus crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.
• 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 from 9 a.m. to 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. Grades 5 and 6 meet Feb. 7; Grades 3 and 4 meet Feb. 21; and Grades 3-5 sign-up overflow group meets Feb. 28. Sign-up at the Children’s check-out desk. February Theme is “Book a Trip Around the world: Africa.”
Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond
February Story Hour Theme: “Get Fired Up!”
• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Story Bears #1, ages 3-5 years
• Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Pillows and PJs, Bedtime Pre-K
• Wednesdays, 10 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 a quarterly schedule to be announced. Call 865-273-1414 for the specific date.
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.