Library Calendar

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.”

Teen art classes offered at the library

Teens looking for an outlet for artistic expression this summer can also learn more about the joy of drawing and painting during art classes for teens.

Taught by artist Lyda Plemons, the three sessions will be held at the library on Saturday June 14, 21 and 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The sessions will include

• Session 1: The Art of Basic Drawing where students will draw still lifes to record a variety of sizes, shapes and textures. They will experiment with different strokes such as dark, bold strokes, light, feathered strokes, and long, sweeping strokes to train their hands to become quicker and more skilled.

• Session 2: The Joy of Learning to Draw will help students to “see as an artist.” Selecting a favorite subject, students will use brush and ink to make value scales and will create quick sketches and action drawings. For the art appreciation portion of this class, students will view the works of Franklin Booth and various illustrators and will learn the story of Fred Harmon who began his art career as a young boy on a ranch in Texas. In school, he drew only horses and later became the illustrator of his own comic book series.

• Session 3: Watercolor and Nature will cover the use of watercolor as a medium. There will be art appreciation of works in watercolor by famous artists and students will experience the beauty of using watercolor by creating their own works in a hands-on activity.

At each session students will complete art work of their own in the hands-on segment of the class.

Pre-registration for the classes is required along with a $10 fee for materials and supplies. To register, go to the Reference Desk at the library. The number of students limited, so first-come-first-served.

Lyda Plemons is an award-winning artist and has paintings throughout the U.S. and even has a mural on a hospital wall in Russia. She served as chair of a Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild committee which designed a flag hanging in Nashville.

Plemons has trained with artists at the Museum of Art in Oak Ridge, with Dr. Carl Gombert at Maryville College, with the late Martha Wright, and with nationally-known artists at the Art Guild of Tellico Village. She has served as a docent at the Knoxville Museum of Art, teaches classes for Fine Arts Blount, and organized an art camp for three years for East Maryville Baptist Church.

Audition to jam at the library

As the finale for the Teen Summer Reading Program, Blount County teen groups are invited to audition to participate in a band jam for teens. The jam will be July 27 at 2 p.m. and the featured player and emcee will be Ben Jackson, a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University and 2007 William Blount High School graduate who will perform an acoustical guitar concert accompanying a local vocalist.

To be selected to perform at the Teen Band Jam, an audition and personal interview are required. No group or band will be permitted to perform without advance selection.

To audition, submit the following information by July 7:

• Name of group

• Names of group members

• Demo CD, if you have one

• Copy of lyrics

• List of instruments

• Group photograph

• Contact info—phone number, e-mail address

• Web site address, if you have one

• Previous gig locations

Submit all information to Reference Desk, Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville, TN 37804 or call 865-273-1435 or 865-273-1408.

Weather permitting, the band jam will be outdoors, so audience members will need to bring lawn chairs. If inclement weather occurs, the jam will be indoors in the library’s Reading Rotunda.

This event, along with the Teen Summer Reading Program, is hosted by the Blount County Public Library Teen Committee and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Library events


• 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.

• Thursday, June 19, 3 - 6:30 p.m: All Edible Book Contest entries must be received at the library. Judging will take place that evening. Entries will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the library through Sunday, June 22.

• Sunday, June 22, 3 p.m: The award presentation for Edible Book Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded, with first, second and third prizes of $100, $50 and $25 in the categories of Juvenile (ages 8-12 years old), Young Adult / Teens (13-19 years old), and Adult (20+ years old), Plus special prizes of $100 each for Creativity, Humor, Judges’ Choice and Viewers’ Choice. Entries in a fifth category, Professional, will not be eligible for cash awards, but entrants may have their business cards or names displayed with the entry. The decision of the judges is final. Cash prizes are supplied by the Friends of the Blount County Library. The awards ceremony will occur in the Main Gallery of the Library.

• 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:

n 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 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.

• “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.

• “African-American Quilt” exhibit by Rosa Tillis, in two display cases in the Main Gallery.

• The walls of the Sunshine Room in the Children’s Library.

• “Family and Community Education Exhibit” by Debbie Hodge, in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Family History: Stephenson, Steele & Barnett” exhibit by Elaine Russell, in the Genealogy display case at Reference.

• “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.

• “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room: Thursday, June 19, 2 - 4 p.m.

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, June 21, 11 a.m - 2 p.m., “Skating with the Stars” field trip. Meet at Smoky Mountain Skate Center for skating and refreshments. (Children age 12 and under may sign-up and receive free ticket at Children’s Library Check-out desk June 15-20.)

• Saturday, June 28, 11 a.m., “Magician Scott Humston” in the Sharon Lawson Room.

• 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.

• Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m., “Planet Earth Animals” presented by Knoxville Zoomobile in the Sharon Lawson Room.

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

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