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Tina Wesson brings ‘Survivor’ lessons to Blount County Public Library

By exercising just the right amount of strategy, toughness and strength, Tina Wesson, soft spoken mother and personal nurse from Knoxville, Tenn., became the million-dollar winner of “Survivor: The Australian Outback” by “outwitting, outplaying, outlasting” 15 other contestants and, without having a single vote cast against her.

She will speak about her personal story and her book on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., at the Blount County Public Library.

Although her contractual agreement with CBS television prohibits her from speaking or writing about her reality show experiences, Wesson is quick to point out that CBS “does not own the rest of her life.”

She wrote “Out Live, Out Laugh, Out Love” about her other life experiences. Each chapter is a personal story, followed by a daily devotional outlining her strategy for “winning in the game of life.”

“I hope in these pages you become inspired to be a better human, full of grace, and to live your life more fully than you ever thought possible,” said Wesson on her Web site, .

Her life continues to be both full and fulfilling, she says. An accomplished athlete, she regularly competes in extreme adventure races, triathlons and marathons for Joints in Motion as a national spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation. She has won the Tennessee state racquetball competition twice.

“I am in my own personal game in this life. The strategy is to out live, out laugh, out love every other human being on the planet. The reward is a life so well lived that I can hardly wait to wake up each morning to see what the day holds. The other piece of good news is that I do not really have to be better than anyone else in order to win; I just have to do the three requirements to the best of my ability,” said Wesson.

As the mother of Katie and Taylor Collins, Wesson said being a mother is the single greatest accomplishment of her life. She believes in balanced living, championing the underdog and, most of all, being grateful.

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


• Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17, 18 and 19, “Used Book Sale,” fund-raiser to sell more than 40,000 books, most available for $1 to $2, by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library (FOL), in the library’s lower level.

• Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Used Book Sale open to the public.

• Monday, Jan. 21, Library is closed in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

• Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., “Out Live, Out Laugh, Out Love,” by Tina Wesson, Survivor Australia winner from Knoxville, with books for sale and book signing, in the Sharon Lawson Room.

COMPUTER CLASSES: Free two-hour classes. First six people to arrive can attend class. Call or visit the Reference Desk for a schedule or questions..

• Thursday, Jan. 24, 2 to 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.

• Thursday, Jan. 31, 2 to 4 p.m., “Internet,” in the Board Room.


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

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. 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.

• Jan.22 - Grades K-2, Puzzle messages

• 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.

Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond

January Story Hour Theme: “Snow Joking.”

• 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

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

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