By sampling a variety of book topics and genres, readers can complete a line of Bingo on a “READ!” card and earn the privilege of entering a drawing on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for weekly prizes such as book bags, mugs, book marks and book lights. At the conclusion of the program, Monday, August 4, there will be a grand prize drawing for a jam-packed book bag, full of goodies to delight any book lover.
Meanwhile, a summer of varied reading promises to bring an added dimension of joy for anyone wanting to “READ!...the rest of the story.”
• 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.
• Monday, June 16, 7 p.m., “Digital Photography: Is It as Good as Film?” by Lynn Freeny, Department of Energy Photographer, will discuss and compare digital and film photography and will show slides. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Tuesday, June 17, 6 p.m., Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees meet in the Board Room.
• Thursday through Sunday, June 19 - 22, Edible Book Contest exhibits, Main Gallery.
• Tuesday, June 24, “Friends of the Library Annual Meeting” in the Sharon Lawson Room,
• Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m., “Fun & Fit Families,” with Blount Memorial Wellness Center staff, Leslie Rutherford, executive director, Angie Stewart, dietitian, Tommie Curtis, program manger, and Chad Hodson, fitness coordinator. A program showing practical and fun tips for keeping families of all ages healthy and fit, will also offer suggestions for easy ways to maintain good nutrition at meal-times for families on the go. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Monday, June 30, 7 p.m., “Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Blount County Heartland Episode,” by television host, Bill Landry, WBIR TV, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• 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.
• Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., “Fly Fishing History and Fly Tying Patterns,” by Roger Lowe, author and guide business owner. Lowe will talk about the history of fly fishing and show/demonstrate samples of flies from his fly tying pattern book, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Tuesday, July 15, 7 p.m., “The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith,” by authors Fred Brown and Jeanne McDonald, in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 17 -19, Used Book Sale by Friends of the Library;
• Thursday, July 17, noon until 6 p.m., Friends of the Library members only-memberships or renewals can be paid at the door.
• Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Open to the public.
• Monday, July 21, 7 p.m., “Knitting Circles Around Socks,” by author Antje Gillingham in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Monday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., “Merchant of Venice,” performed by the Tennessee Stage Company. This will be a live production outdoors on the front lawn of the library. Bring lawn chairs.
• Monday, August 4, 6:30 p.m., “Grand Prize Drawing for Adult Summer Reading Program” will be made from all names entered in the weekly drawings.
• “Art, Media & Styles” art classes for teens, led by Lyda Plemons, artist, in Dorothy Herron Room A. Pre-registration required with art supply fee of $10. Pre-register and pay fee at the Reference Desk of the library. The first 12 to register can take the classes.
• Saturday, June 14, 2 - 4 p.m., “How We Use Art,” by Lyda Plemons, artist, in Dorothy Herron Room A.
• Saturday, June 21, 2 - 4 p.m., “The Joy of Learning to Draw,” by Lyda Plemons, artist.
• Saturday, June 28, 2 - 4 p.m., “Watercolor and Nature,” by Lyda Plemons, artist.
• Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m., “Teen Music Jam with Ben Jackson and Nick Axton,” the finale for the Teen Summer Reading Program, with a grand prize drawing. Ben and Nick will perform a concert, and then Ben will emcee a music jam of teen musicians and groups who have previously submitted recordings and auditioned (see July 7 date for advance demo/audition material below) for performing during this afternoon jam at the bridge, outside the library. Bring chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors.
• Monday, July 7, Video, DVD or CD recording due at Blount County Public Library Reference Desk. Provide video/dvd/cd, play list, instruments, lyrics, contact information (with name, phone number, e-mail and street address). After library staff has reviewed the materials, teen individuals and/or groups will be contacted and invited to participate in the event.
EXHIBITS: June 1-30
• “Metal Welded Creations” by Jeff Robinson on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café.
• “READ!...the rest of the story, Adult Summer Reading Program Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, in one cube and one vertical case in Entry Rotunda and rotating book display exhibits on Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery and on art panels at Reading Rotunda.