The Bard himself is returning to the library in the Tennessee Stage Company’s third Shakespearean production at the library. The “Merchant of Venice” will be performed outdoors so sit back, relax and enjoy a professional drama, including an opening musical performance by a local jazz band or brass quintet. With intriguing programs and speakers, fascinating reading selections, and exciting hands-on activities, “READ!...the rest of the story” continues throughout the month of July. For the finale of “Find What’s Out There @ the Library,” the teen summer reading program, the library will sponsor a Teen Band Jam. And fun programs related to the space theme of “Starship Adventure @ the Library” continue in the children’s summer reading program.
Find fun entertainment for the whole family at the Blount County Public Library while you “READ!...the rest of the story.”
• Monday, July 7, 7 p.m.: “Hymn History and Performance” by Terry Wilson and soloists from First United Methodist Church, Maryville, in the Reading Rotunda.
• Monday, July 28, 5:30 p.m.: “Brass Quintet or Jazz Opening Act” for “The Merchant of Venice” Shakespearean drama, outdoors on the library front lawn. Bring lawn chairs.
• Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., “Merchant of Venice,” Shakespearean drama presented by the Tennessee Stage Company outdoors on the library front lawn. Bring chairs.
EVENTS - Lectures, Speakers, Workshops:
• Mondays, through August 4, 6:30 p.m., Weekly prize drawings, with final grand prize drawing on August 4. All persons who register in the Adult Summer Reading Program are eligible to enter the drawings. Sign up at Circulation check-in or check-out desks. Weekly prizes include bookmarks, library mugs, café gift certificates and Blount County Public Library book bags.
• Friday, July 4, Library closed, in honor of Independence Day.
• Monday, July 7, 7 p.m., “Hymn History and Performance,” by Terry Wilson, director of music at First United Methodist Church, Maryville. Wilson, who is a published composer and who has performed with his choir at Carnegie Hall, will provide historical background for selected hymns and then will also perform them. Reading Rotunda.
• Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7 through 31, 7 - 8:30 p.m., “Basic Spanish Classes,” by Neisa Pamfil, Spanish instructor at Maryville College. Class size is limited to the first 15 people to enroll, so pre-registration for the class is required. To pre-register, on a first-come-first-served basis, go to the Reference Genealogy Desk at the library. Fee for materials for the class is $5.
EXHIBITS: July 1-31
• “Fine Arts Blount (FAB) Member Art Exhibit on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café, Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda and on six easels in the corners of the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.
• “READ!...the rest of the story, Adult Summer Reading Program Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, Entry Rotunda cubes and one vertical case in Entry Rotunda, rotating book display exhibits on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery.
• “Playwright William Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice” Exhibit in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Find Out What’s There @ the Library, Teen Summer Reading Program Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, in one cube in Entry Rotunda.
• “Starship Adventure @ Your Library, Children’s Summer Reading Program Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, in one cube in Entry Rotunda and in the Children’s Library.
• “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Artwork” Exhibit on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Free two-hour classes. First six persons to arrive can attend class. Call or come by the Reference Desk at 865-273-1436 for schedule of classes or if there are questions.
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Call 865-273-1414 (Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the Children’s Library)
• “Starship Adventure @ Your Library,” the 2008 Tennessee Children’s Summer Reading Program will be celebrated throughout June and July. The program is sponsored by the Tennessee State Library & Archives, Tennessee Library Association Children’s/Young Adult Roundtable, Blount County Public Library and The Friends of the Library
• Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m., “Heritage Planetarium Field Trip.” Families meet at the planetarium for the special space program. Limit 67 people. Sign-up and receive tickets at children’s check-out desk July 7-11.
• Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m., “Go Wild!” with Sandi Schulte. Fun entertainment with puppets, magic and more, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Wednesday, July 23, 1 p.m., “Rocket Ride to Reading” with magician, Bruce Amato, in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.
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
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 Wednesday, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour. Resumes in August
• First Saturday, 2 p.m., Mes Amis French Story Hour. Resumes in September
• Last Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Italian Story Hour. Resumes in September
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, 4:00 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library. Sign up in Children’s Library to participate with new crafts.
• July 1 Grades 3-6 Star string craft
• July 8 Grades K-2 Celestial banks
• July 15 Grades 3-6 Crazy walkers
• Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered quarterly to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location.
• Thursday, July 10, 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. Book search will resume in September.
Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond
July Story Hour Theme: “Starship Adventure @ Your Library”
• 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
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. The program will be presented on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM. Sessions resume in September.