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:
• Monday, June 2, 7 p.m., “Books to Movies,” by actors, Bruce McKinnon and David Dwyer and A&E (Arts & Entertainment) attorney, Charles Wright, all residents or former residents of Blount County. These three professionals will share some of their experiences related to the filming of movies that were created from stories that were first written as books. This program will be the kick-off for the first-ever library Adult Summer Reading Program, “READ!...the rest of the story”. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m., “Movie Night: October Sky,” based on the book, “Rocket Boys,” a memoir by Homer H. Hickam, features local actor, David Dwyer, as one of the performers. There will be free popcorn, but bring your own drinks. The movie is free and will be shown in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Mondays, June 9 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. Weekly prizes include items such as bookmarks, library mugs, café gift certificates and Blount County Public Library book bags.
• Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m., “Natural Histories: Stories from the Tennessee Valley” by Stephen Lyn Bales, author and illustrator of the book and naturalist at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. This program will be presented in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• 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.
• 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.
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.