Library Calendar for February 2009

If you like to read, then you’ll really enjoy being able to win prizes for doing something you already love to do. Sign up for the new “Love 2 Read” Adult Reading Club, starting Feb. 1, at the Circulation Desks. You’ll receive a reading guidelines brochure and reading log and then you’re all set to win prizes throughout the month for reading books! And anyone can attend free programs related to the theme and featuring chocolate throughout the month.

The Library will be closed on Feb. 16th in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Music and Concerts:

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., “Harp Ensemble 5th Annual Concert.” Up to 20 harpists from all over East Tennessee will present a concert on 8-12 harps for this annual Valentine’s Day performance under the direction of Mr. William Lovelace and Mr. Bill Robinson. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

Events:

Sunday, Feb. 1 through Monday, March 2. “Love 2 Read” Adult Reading Club debuts at the Blount County Public Library on Sunday, Feb. 1, and you are invited to participate. In addition to attending an exciting series of programs and speakers, participants can sign up for the opportunity to read books and win prizes. By reading books with words in their title beginning with the letters in the words, “Love 2 Read,” readers can complete a list of books on the special “Love 2 Read” card and earn the privilege of entering a drawing (Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m.) for weekly prizes such as book bags, mugs, book marks, book lights. At the conclusion of the program, Monday, March 2, there will be a grand prize drawing for a jam-packed book bag, full of goodies to delight any book lover/bibliophile. Everyone, including those NOT participating in the reading program, is welcome to attend any of the programs. The programs for the “Love 2 Read” program will be

Saturday, Feb. 14, all day, “Love to Read Day” at the Library.” Sip complimentary hot chocolate and find a comfortable nook while spending a chilly winter’s day reading at the library. Take a break at 2:00 p.m. for the harp ensemble concert.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m., “Harp Ensemble Concert: 5th Annual Valentine’s Concert.” Up to 20 harpists and 8-12 harps will perform under the direction of William Lovelace and Bill Robinson in the Reading Rotunda.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m., “Costa Rica: Romantic Retreat” travelogue slide presentation by Tim Self and Elizabeth McKnight in the Sharon Lawson Room.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6:00 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.

AARP Tax Preparation Sign Ups:

From Feb. until appointments are full, “Sign-ups for Appointments for free AARP Tax Preparation” by calling the library Reference Desk at 982-0981, Ext. 4 or 273-1436. AARP Tax Preparation begins in Feb.. Call the above numbers for more information.

Exhibits:

Feb. 1-28 Exhibits:

“Heritage High School Student Artwork” Exhibit by students of Ms. Carla Hawkinson on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.

“All Taxi Biodiversity Inventory Exhibit of Discover Life in America” by Todd Witcher on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café and on six easels in the sitting areas of the Main Gallery.

“Tennessee Art Commission grant: Student Artwork from Art Residencies” Exhibit by students of Annamaria Gundlach in three cubes displayed in the Entry Rotunda of the library.

“Old Fashioned Valentines” Exhibit by Becky Blankenship and Lorene Smith, in Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.

“Wood Carvings” Exhibit by Jack Henson in two vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda.

“Love 2 Read” Exhibit by Blount County Public Library staff in two display cases in the Main Gallery of the library and on shelves behind counters of the Circulation Desks and on New Books shelves in the Main Gallery of the Library.

“Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Art” Exhibit on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.

Computer Classes:

Free two-hour classes. First six persons to arrive can attend class. Call or come by the Reference Desk at 273-1436 for schedule of classes or if there are questions.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.

Teen Programs:

“Play Chess at the Library:” Each Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., middle and high school students are invited to play chess with friends in the Teen Central area of the library.

Monday, Feb. 2, 5:00 p.m., “Love 2 Read Chocolate Fest.” Enjoy free chocolate (chocolate fondue and other desserts) preceding the movie. The dessert buffet will be set up in the Meeting Room Hallway.

Monday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., “Movie Night: Chocolat.” See the movie with your sweetheart, best friend or family. The movie is free to anyone, whether or not participating in the Love 2 Read program, in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.

Saturday, Feb. 14, all day, “Love to Read Day” at the Library.” Sip complimentary hot chocolate and find a comfortable nook while spending a chilly winter’s day reading at the library. Take a break at 2:00 p.m. for the harp ensemble concert.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:00 p.m., “Harp Ensemble Concert: 5th Annual Valentine’s Concert.” Up to 20 harpists and 8-12 harps will perform under the direction of William Lovelace and Bill Robinson in the Reading Rotunda.

Children’s Programs:

February 2009 Phone: 273-1414

(Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)

Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 & 3 p.m., LEGO Robot Project will begin at the library in the Dorothy Herron Room A. Jack and Sue Roberts, retired from IBM, will offer this community outreach that instructs and assists students as they construct full-functioning LEGO robots. 3rd & 4th graders are invited to participate in a six week schedule of sessions which will take place each Saturday. Students will form two separate groups who build their team’s robots. The sixth week will involve a competition between the two robots. Participants (3rd & 4th graders) must sign up in the children’s library and commit to the full six week project.

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.

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

Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

Feb. 3 - Grades K-2 Mouse magnet

Feb. 10 - Grades 3-6 Paint a heart necklace

Feb. 17 - Grades K-2 Wooden dino puzzles

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with Surplus Crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond:

February Children’s Theme: “Love 2 Read”

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

Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m., Bubbles & Books story hours for ages 3-5 include bubbles, stories, puppets, fun, and crafts. (Note: Bubbles & Books story hour will not meet on Tuesday, Feb. 24th so that library staff can attend a librarians’ workshop for the next summer reading club program.)

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

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2:00 pm, Children’s Yoga Story Time offers ages 4-5 an interactive story hour with playful yoga poses. Sessions are presented by a certified yoga instructor. Bring a towel and stuffed animal to the Dorothy Herron Room B.

First Sunday of each month, 4:00 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.

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 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 email by scrolling down and clicking on libnews@blounttn.org and putting “subscribe” in the subject line. To “unsubscribe,” simply send a reply email after receiving a calendar or email at your computer.

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