Library Calendar for the Month of May 2008

Local author, Sharon K. Mitchell, will discuss her children’s book, “What Great Thing Can Patches Do?” on Saturday, May 17. And on May 5, the Carpenters Middle School Singers will perform a concert.

As you are out and about enjoying the lovely flora of this region, you’ll definitely want to drop by the library for programs, books or videos to assist with gardening, lawn care, or other self-help projects…or maybe you’d just like to check out a book or DVD for sitting back and relaxing from all the end-of-school happenings and duties. In any case, the library staff look forward to seeing you and assisting if you need help. And, you’ll want to be sure to add more special events to your calendar for the summer months when the library will, for the first time ever, be sponsoring three summer reading programs: for adults (NEW this year!), teens and children. Be sure to stay tuned for more news of these exciting events.


Saturday, June 7, noon - 1 p.m., “Blast from the Past Music Extravaganza” by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day musical group, for the Children’s Summer Reading Blast-Off, in the Reading Rotunda.

EVENTS Lectures, Speakers, Workshops

Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m., “What Great Thing Can Patches Do?” by local author, Sharon K. Mitchell. She will talk about her children’s book (for grades 2-6) and the dog, Patches, adopted from an animal shelter who discovers that he has the greatest thing of all to offer others as he tries to find his place in the world. The author will have books available to sell and sign in the Sharon Lawson Room.

Tuesday, May 20, 6 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees,” meet in the Board Room.

Monday, May 26, library will be closed in honor of Memorial Day.

Monday, June 2, 7 p.m., “Books to Movies,” by actors, David Dwyer, Bruce McKinnon and Charles Wright, attorney for Arts & Entertainment TV, in the Sharon Lawson Room. This program will be the kick-off for the first Adult Summer Reading Program at the library, “READ! …the rest of the story.”

Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m., “October Sky Movie Night” with movie based on the book, “The Rocket Boys” by Homer Hickam, Jr. Popcorn will be served. Bring your own drink. Movie to be shown in the Sharon Lawson Room.


Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., “Teen Summer Reading Program Sign-ups Begin: Find What’s Out There @ the Library.” Teens read books from May 31 through July 27 and win prizes in weekly drawings for smaller prizes ($10 gift cards, movie passes, etc.) and the finale grand prize of a $70 Visa gift card.

Saturdays, June 14, 21 and 28, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., “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.

EXHIBITS: May 1 - 31

“Blount County Elementary and Middle School Student Art 3-D Exhibits” coordinated by art teachers, Marsha Krout and Norma Stache in three cubes and two vertical cases in the entry rotunda.

“Blount County Middle Schools Student 2-D Art Exhibit” coordinated by Marsha Krout, art teacher, on art panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.

“Blount County Elementary Schools Student 2-D Art Exhibit” coordinated by Norma Stache, art teacher, on the walls of the Sunshine Room in the Children’s Library.

“Smoky Scenes,” watercolors by Randy White on the art wall at the Bookmark Café.

“Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival” exhibit by Jeanie Hilten and Marian Schlauch, in two display cases in the Main Gallery and in Genealogy display case at Reference.

“Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild Member Artwork” exhibit on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.

Display by Circulation Department on Circulation desk cabinets and new books shelves in 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, May 8, 2 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 29, 2 - 4 p.m.

“E-Mail,” in the Board Room:

Thursday, May 15, 2 - 4 p.m.

Thursday, June 5, 2 - 4 p.m.

“Internet: Use of the Internet & Internet Searching,” in the Board Room:

Thursday, May 1, 2 - 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 22, 2 - 4 p.m.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Call 865-273-1414 (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.”

The library will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m. “What Great thing Can Patches Do?” Author, Sharon K. Mitchell, will read a storyboard presentation of her book to children. A book signing session will follow the program. The program will be presented in Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., “Children’s Summer Reading Program Blast-Off: Starship Adventure @ Your Library,” in the Children’s Library and Main Gallery.

Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m., “Storytime with Jasper the Rooster (Mascot of the Tennessee Valley Fair). Stories and fun in the Sharon Lawson Room.

Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., “Cosmic Costume Party” in the Children’s Library. Wear your best space-themed costume. Examples are aliens, astronauts, moon men, stars, robots, etc.

Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., “Cosmic Crafts and Spacey Games,” in the Children’s Library.

Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., “Face Painting” with Faces Gone Wild, in the Main Gallery.

Saturday, June 7, noon - 1 p.m., “Milky Way Café” will provide out-of-this-world tasty treats, in the Main Gallery and Reading Rotunda.

Saturday, June 7, noon - 1 p.m., “Blast from the Past Music Extravaganza” by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day musical group, in the Reading Rotunda.

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, 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:

Saturday, May 31, 3 p.m., Italian Story Hour.

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 to participate with new crafts.

May 20, Grades 3-6, sand art

May 27, Grades K-2, space diorama

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. Grades 3-4 will meet on May 7. Grades 5-6 will meet on May 14.

Thursday, May 8, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with surplus crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

Thursday, May 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Kids’ Studio Art Class, offered by YEStudio (Youthful Expressions Studio) as a free community service project. This monthly art class will usually be offered on the last Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 may sign-up at the children’s check-out desk for the class. There is a limit of 12 people per class with different students each month. Classes will include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

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 (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 5 and 6 meet May 1; Grades 3 and 4 meet May 15. Sign-up at the children’s check-out desk. The May theme is “Book a Trip Around the World: Australia.”

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

May Story Hour theme: “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace, READ!”

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 p.m.

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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Author of children’s book to speak and read at the library

Sharon K. Mitchell, local author of the children’s book, “What Great Thing Can Patches Do?” will be at the Blount County Public Library for a reading and book signing on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room.

“Notable character is developed by one’s love from the heart,” Mitchell said about her reason for writing the book. The title character, Patches, is based on her dear pet, adopted from an animal shelter and Mitchell’s companion for many years.

Comparing himself to other dogs doing great things, Patches doesn’t feel very good about himself, so Katie, his 8-year-old owner, spends some days exploring with him the reasons that he is a special dog and that he has a special gift to offer.

Written for children in grades two through six, the book assists with building vocabulary by containing definitions of difficult words following each portion of text.

Mitchell, currently a resident of Maryville, taught in the South Mississippi public school system for 25 years. She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master of education degree from William Carey College.

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