Library Calendar

September 2008 Calendar of Events at Blount County Public Library

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

• Friday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.: “Pistol Creek Catch of the Day,” concert to kick off regional series of programs for The Big Read, featuring this year’s book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. This concert will be at Southland Book Store, during Last Friday Art Walk.

Lectures, Speakers, Workshops:

• 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

• Friday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.: “Pistol Creek Catch of the Day,” concert to kick off regional series of programs for The Big Read, featuring this year’s book, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. This concert will be at Southland Book Store, 801 East Broadway, Maryville, during Last Friday Art Walk.

• 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.

• Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.: “Literary and Historical Perspectives of the Great Depression” discussions by Maryville College professors at Maryville College in the Lawson Auditorium.

• Friday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m.: “Movie: The Grapes of Wrath” starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell (Best Actress for 1940) and directed by John Ford (Best Director for 1940). The movie will be shown at The Palace Theatre, 113 West Broadway in downtown Maryville.

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.


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. 25, 2 - 4 p.m.

n Thursday, Oct. 16, 2 - 4 p.m.

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

• Thursday, Sept. 18, 2 - 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 9, 2 - 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 30, 2 - 4 p.m.


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

• 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:

• Last Saturday, Sept. 27, 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 at Children’s Check-out desk.

• 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. 23 - Grades 3-6, Animal masks and Jungle scratch art

• Sept. 30 - Grades K-2, Surplus Crafts

n 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.

• 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 3-4 will be September 18.

• Thursday, Sept. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 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 fourth Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 may sign-up at the Children’s Check-out Desk for the class. Classes will include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

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

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