Library Calendar

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.

Books to Movies program at the library

“Books to Movies” will be presented at the Blount County Public Library on Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. The program will explore the multiple layers of steps which occur in the process of creating a movie based upon the plot of a book.

Then the community is invited to the library the next night to view the movie, “October Sky,” based on the biography, “The Rocket Boys,” by Homer Hickam. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3.

After Catherine Marshall wrote the book, “Christy,” a movie was later made of the story based on her grandmother’s experiences as a teacher in the real-life community of Del Rio, Tenn.

For the movie to be made from the book, Marshall’s second husband, Leonard LeSourd, pursued the vision for a movie. Eventually, that vision came to reality here in Blount County, where film-makers produced “Christy” the movie, a two-hour made-for-television movie. Subsequent episodes were then made into a TV series starring Kelly Martin and featuring numerous other actors, including Maryville native, Bruce McKinnon.

One of the three speakers for the June 2 program is David Dwyer who plays a character in the movie, “October Sky.” A well-known actor who lives in Maryville with his family, Dwyer will speak about his experiences as an actor in numerous roles and films.

Bruce McKinnon will also be one of the speakers, and he will share tidbits of experiences from acting in the “Christy” television series as well as experiences of performances in other movies and roles from throughout his acting career.

A third presenter for the program, is another Maryville native, Charles Wright, who is the attorney for Arts & Entertainment (A&E) television. While McKinnon and Dwyer will discuss the art of acting, Wright will draw excerpts from his career as an attorney to present information about the legal process of making the transition from a book to a movie.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

Children celebrate the universe for summer reading programs at the library

“Starship Adventure @ Your Library” will kick off the Children’s Summer Reading Program on Saturday, June 7, at the Blount County Public Library. Children of all ages, but especially ages from birth up through fifth grade, are invited to sign up, read books and receive prizes during weekly drawings. In addition, children will be able to explore a wide selection of exciting and fun events related to outer space.

To introduce the space theme story time at 10:30 a.m., Jasper, the Rooster (mascot of the Tennessee Valley Fair) will make a story time appearance in the Children’s Library.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday’s events will also include

• Cosmic Costume Party - wear your best space-themed costume, such as aliens, astronauts, moon men, stars, robots, etc.

• Cosmic Crafts and Spacey Games

• Face-painting with Faces Gone Wild.

• Milky Way Café - out-of-this-world tasty treats at noon.

• Blast from the Past music extravaganza with lively music fun for everyone with a visit from Pistol Creek’s Catch of the Day musicians.

Throughout June and July, other space-themed events will feature special programs that will include:

• Saturday, June 14, 2 p.m., “Solar System Show” with Paul Lewis of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Outreach Program, in the Sharon Lawson Room.

• Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Skating with the Stars” field trip at the Smoky Mountain Skate Center where children and parents can enjoy roller skating and refreshments. Children ages 12 and under may sign up at the Children’s Library check-out desk from June 15-20 to receive a free ticket.

• Thursday through Sunday, June 19 - 22, “Edible Book Contest exhibits,” Main Gallery.

• Tuesday, June 17: All Edible Book Contest entry forms must be received at the library. Entry forms are available at the Blount County Public Library or on the library’s web site, www.blountlibrary.org, under ‘programs.’

• Thursday, June 19 from 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. 13 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 be in the Main Gallery of the Library.

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

• Friday, July 4, the library will be closed in honor of Independence Day.

• Monday, July 7, 6:30 p.m., “Mad Science”, in the Sharon Lawson Room.

• Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m., “Heritage Planetarium Field Trip” is limited to 67 people. Sign-up from July 7-11 at the Children’s Library check-out desk. Tickets will be issued at sign-up. On the day of the trip, families should meet at the planetarium.

• Saturday, July 19, 11 a.m., “Go Wild!” puppets, magic and more with Sandi Schulte who will offer fun entertainment in the Sharon Lawson Room.

• Wednesday, July 23, 1 p.m., “Rocket Ride to Reading,” with magician, Bruce Amato, in the Sharon Lawson Room.

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

June Library Happenings

MUSIC/CONCERTS:

• 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.

n Tuesday, June 24, “Friends of the Library Annual Meeting” in the Sharon Lawson Room. 6 p.m., “Volunteers Awards Reception” and at 7 p.m., “Annual Meeting and Speaker, Penny Ferguson and Mark White, ‘Maryville High School Junior Class Projects.”

• 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.

TEEN EVENTS:

• 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.

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 29, 2 - 4 p.m.

• “E-Mail,” in the Board Room:

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

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

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.

• 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.

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 www.blountlibrary.org.

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at www.blountlibrary.org, click on “Programs and Events” and then click on “Click here to view the monthly calendar of events in printable format” or sign up to receive a monthly calendar by e-mail by scrolling down and clicking on libnews@blounttn.org and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.

• “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.

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.”

• 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, www.blountlibrary.org. Visit the children’s library to see if you guessed the correct display topic.

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 www.blountlibrary.org.

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at www.blountlibrary.org, click on “Programs and Events” and then click on “Click here to view the monthly calendar of events in printable format” or sign up to receive a monthly calendar by e-mail by scrolling down and clicking on libnews@blounttn.org and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.

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