Library Calendar


• 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 began 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..


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”

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 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.

• 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:

• 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 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

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 e-mail by scrolling down and clicking on and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.

Read Across America day for teens at Blount Library

Teens are invited to the Blount County Public Library to join millions of peers across the country in celebrating the tenth annual National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants, grades six through twelve are invited to the library’s Teen Central. Register when you arrive for the opportunity to win prizes and food will be available for teens who participate.

Teens may read for any or all of the three, two-hour sessions which are from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Prizes will be drawn at the end of each two-hour session.

The National Education Association sponsors Read Across America Day every March in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For more information call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Agee’s ‘Death in the Family’ editor to speak at library

Knoxville-born Pulitzer Prize winner, James Agee’s book, “A Death in the Family,” has been newly re-published with 10 additional chapters that were omitted from the original book.

While researching the highly-acclaimed book, Michael A. Lofaro, Ph.D., Agee scholar and University of Tennessee professor, discovered previously-unpublished chapters omitted from the original work.

Lofaro will speak about his research and compilation of the new edition at the Blount County Public Library on Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

Even the opening sentence of the book has changed. Gone is the familiar, “We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child.” Instead, the revision begins, “It was about noon, the lunch hour for clerks and for men in overalls, and for that hour of the city, crowded as it was, was bemused and slack: a softly rattling, almost Sunday stillness.”

Deedee Agee Sprecher, eldest daughter of Agee, designed the new book cover, and her husband, Paul, is head of the Agee Trust.

When Agee died, he left his wife and three children only $450, so when “A Death in the Family” was selected posthumously as the winner for the Pulitzer Prize, it provided needed income for the family and the Trust.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

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