The Big Read is coming to Blount County. In collaboration with Maryville College, Blount County Schools, Blount Education Initiative, and Knox County Public Library, there will be a series of programs, concerts, readings, and discussions about the book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and related topics of the years of the Great Depression and poverty. The Knoxville YWCA received the grant to fund this year’s regional participation in The Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts initiative.
In addition, the library will host “The Seasons of Life” concert by the Don Brakebill Singers, with choral reflections on seasons of life from childhood to death.
As usual, numerous exhibits at the library will depict a variety of artwork, collections and interests of Blount County residents.
We hope to see you at the Blount County Public Library in October.
• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: “The Seasons of Life” concert by the Don Brakebill Singers, rendering choral reflections on seasons of life from childhood to death in the Reading Rotunda.
LECTURES, SPEAKERS, WORKSHOPS:
• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, LIBRARY CLOSED, during Foothills Fall Festival weekend.
• Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.
THE BIG READ: regional reading/discussion of John Steinbeck’s book, The Grapes of Wrath:
Several area libraries (Blount County Public Library and Knoxville Public Library) and education systems (Maryville College, Blount County, Blount Education Initiative), in cooperation with the Knoxville YWCA, Southland Books, the Palace Theatre, Senior Services at Blount Memorial Hospital and Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, will present a series of programs, readings and discussions about John Steinbeck’s book, The Grapes of Wrath, and related topics of the years of the Great Depression and poverty. At each program, audience members are invited to bring donations of nonperishable food items, to be contributed to a local food pantry. [Note that each event is at a different physical location.] Events for this series of programs will include
• Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m.: “The Culture of Poverty” presentation by Michael Crabtree and Clayton Narveson, at the Blount County Public Library in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: “Successful Budgeting During an Economic Slump” by Sherri Hagood, Certified Dave Ramsey Financial Counselor, at Blount County Public Library in the Sharon Lawson Room.
• “Teen Read Week” Exhibit in the Teen Central area of the library.
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, Oct. 16, 2 - 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 6, 2 - 4 p.m.
“E-Mail,” in the Board Room:
• Thursday, Oct. 2, 2 - 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Oct. 23, 2 - 4 p.m.
“Internet: Use of the Internet & Internet Searching,” in the Board Room:
• Thursday, Oct. 9, 2 - 4 p.m.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
• October Book: Team of Rivals by Doris K. Goodwin
Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library Board Room
• Monday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour will be offered by Maryville College student staff and community volunteers in the Reading Pond. Elementary aged children who wish to learn some of the Spanish language, listen to stories in Spanish, and enjoy related activities won’t want to miss this monthly story hour.
Celebrate Reading: Join the fun as we highlight our Foreign Language Story Hours. National Pizza Month will help us celebrate Reading as fun in any language.
• 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:
• First Monday, Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour
• First Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour
• First Saturday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Mes Amis French Story Hour
• Last Saturday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m., Italian Story Hour
Elementary Age Activities:
• 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.
• 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 in Children’s Library to participate with new crafts.
• Oct. 7, Grades 3-6, Pumpkin scratch art
• Oct. 14, Grades K-2, Halloween doorknob hanger
• Oct. 21, Grades 3-6, My family tree
• Wednesdays, 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered periodically to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location. Watch for announcements of next class.
• Thursday, Oct. 9, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with surplus crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.
• Thursdays, 4 p.m., Treasure Hunts are themed book searches and games where children follow the clues to the treasure box. Book a Trip Around the World: North America for Grades 5-6 will be Oct. 2; Grades 3-4 will be Oct. 16.
Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond:
October Children’s Theme: “National Pizza Month”
• Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m., Bubbles & Books story hours for ages 3-5 include bubbles, stories, puppets, fun, and crafts.
• Wednesday, 10 and 10:30 a.m., Tadpole Tales story hours for ages two and under include stories, songs & movement, rhyme time, puppets, crafts, and coloring.
• Sunday, October 5, 4 p.m., 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. This musical program will be offered the first Sunday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org.
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