Library Calendar

Although The Merchant of Venice was rained out in July, actors from the Tennessee Stage Company will be returning on September 18 to perform the conclusion of the story. First, they’ll present a synopsis of the play, followed by the concluding acts. This performance will be indoors, so come to the library to enjoy a Shakespearean production.

Many Maryville-Alcoa residents recall the integration of the schools; for younger residents, the fact of separate schools seems unimaginable and remote. To record the story and preserve it for future generations, Ken Brown’s students at Alcoa High School interviewed people who were students during the years of integration, and then they published a book, The Integration of Alcoa High School. They will present a program at the library about their research and stories.

In addition, Maestro Lucas Richman, Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, will speak and bring a presentation by a strings quartet. And as The Big Read comes to Blount County, there will be programs, concerts, readings, and discussions about the book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Plan to enjoy some of these events…and more…at the Blount County Public Library.


• Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.: “Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice”(The Conclusion) by The Tennessee Stage Company, will be presented as a continuation of the play that was rained out on July 28. Actors will first present a synopsis of the play, followed by the concluding acts. This production will be indoors in the Reading Rotunda.


• Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.: “Maestro Lucas Richman and a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Quartet” will present a lecture and musical program in the Reading Rotunda.


• Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m.: “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.

• Monday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: “The Integration of Alcoa High School,” by Alcoa High School teacher, Ken Brown and students who conducted interviews of former AHS students involved in the integration and then wrote a book. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson 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, Maryville, Blount Education Initiative), in cooperation with the Knoxville YMCA, Southland Books, the Palace Theatre, 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


• School Research & Relaxation @ the Library: Teens, utilize library resources to help you succeed in your school assignments this year…or to provide some leisure time fun. Read books, do research, ask a Reference Librarian for assistance in locating information, use the internet, check out DVDs and CDs, attend a concert or informational program. The library is a great place to work, study or relax.

EXHIBITS: September 2-31

• “1920s- & 1930s-Era Opalescent Glassware Exhibit” by Mary Alice Canon, in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Cades Cove Miniatures” Exhibit by Hilda Walker, in two display cases in the Main Gallery of the library.

• “Romantics, Victorians & Jane Austen Exhibit” by Lisa Tipton, in three cubes in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Photography” Exhibit by Blount County Photography Club, on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.

• “The Big Read comes to Blount County with book, The Grapes of Wrath” on one easel in the corner of the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.

• “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Artwork” Exhibit on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café and on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.

• “Frogs Exhibit” by Jessica Johnson, in the Genealogy Display Case in the Reference Department of the library.

• “Humane Society” Exhibit in one vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda and on one easel space in the corner of the Sitting Areas of the Main Gallery.

• “Circulation Exhibit” by Blount County Public Library staff, on the Circulation Desk Cabinets and New Books Shelves in the Main Gallery 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, Sept. 4, 2 - 4 p.m.

“E-Mail,” in the Board Room:

• Thursday, Sept. 11, 2 - 4 p.m.

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

• Saturday, Sept. 13, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 - 4 p.m.


September Book: Time and Again by Jack Finney

Place: Library Board Room

Date: September 10 (2nd Wednesday of each month)

Time: 10:30 a.m.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Call 865-273-1414 (Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the Children’s Library)

New Programs

• Second Saturday, September 13, 2 p.m., Children’s Yoga Story Hour will be presented by Certified Yoga Instructor, Kristina Scott, for children 4-5 years old. Children will enjoy an interactive story time with playful yoga poses, and may bring a towel and stuffed animal with them for the class. Sessions will be held in the Dorothy Herron Room B at 2 p.m.

• 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 Wednesday, Sept. 3, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour.

• First Saturday, Sept. 6, 2 p.m., Mes Amis French Story Hour.

• 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.

Elementary Age Activities:

• Fiction Favorites - Kids’ Reviews. Read Juvenile Fiction books, write and share reviews. Find book review forms and logs at Children’s Check-out desk.

n 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.

• Sept. 2 - Grades K-2, Animal masks

• Sept. 9 - Grades 3-6, Cats, dogs, geckos, and frogs

• Sept. 16 - Grades K-2, Critter bracelets

• 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.

• Thursday, Sept. 11, 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: South America for Grades 5-6 will be September 4; Grades 3-4 will be September 18.

Pre-School Story Hours & Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond: September Children’s Theme: “Paws for Reading”

• Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m., Twilight Tales story hour will offer pre-school age children an interactive and relaxing hour of stories, show & tell, and activities.

• Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m., Bubbles & Books story hour for ages 3-5 will include bubbles, stories, fun, and crafts.

• Wednesday, 10 and 10:30 a.m., Tadpole Tales story hour for ages two and under will include stories, songs & movement, rhyme time, crafts, and coloring.

• 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.

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

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at, 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 email by scrolling down and clicking on and putting “subscribe” in the subject line.

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