For the eighth season, the Hot Summer Nights concert series returns to the library on Thursday evenings in August. A varied line-up of performing artists will present a diverse entertainment menu to suit multiple musical palates: jazz, Appalachian folk/American, opera, country, bluegrass, contemporary Christian. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library, the concerts all begin at 7:00 p.m.
The month of August brings other opportunities. With settings in the Great Smoky Mountains for her novels, a local author will talk about her first release. Computer classes provide introductory instruction. Teens are invited to participate in a writing group and can learn--or continue playing-chess, under the direction of a chess coach. Children have the opportunity to learn Spanish, create crafts and art projects, participate in story hours and enjoy special entertainment by Wendal Wandell (author, teacher, theatrical coach).
For those experiencing need during this economic slump, the Reference Department of the library has lists of community resources and agencies which offer multiple types of assistance: financial aid, food, housing, utilities, clothing, school supplies, health care and health insurance for uninsured.
And…the library continues to have a large selection of new releases in DVDs, music and audio CDs, books on CD or tape, downloadable books via R.E.A.D.S., and of course a huge selection of print materials. With a café, internet computers, study rooms and meeting rooms, the library is still the best deal in town, all free…no cost!
• Thursdays in August, 7 p.m.: Hot Summer Nights Concert Series in the Reading Rotunda, made possible by the Friends of the Library.
• Thursday, August 6, 7 p.m.: Wendel Werner, jazz pianist, singer and composer. Werner directs the UT Singers, the UT Jazz Choir, and is professor at the University of Tennessee and Walters State Community College.
• Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m.: The Lonetones, based in Knoxville, will perform Appalachian-based modern folk, Americana music using mostly acoustic instruments.
• Thursday, August 20, 7 p.m.: Amanda Ingram, mezzo soprano, will perform both classical Opera and contemporary English. Ingram is a native Maryville resident.
• Thursday, August 27, 7 p.m.: April Taylor will perform a blend of country, bluegrass and Contemporary Christian music. A Bristol, TN, native and member of the Country Music Association, April Taylor had a nationwide CD, I Wanna Live Like That, two top 50 singles in 2007 and a 2006 National radio release, “All My Love” that charted at #57. Her great grandfather wrote music for the famous Carter family. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.
• Monday, August 17, 7 p.m., “For the Love of the Smokies: The Foster Girls” presentation about book by local author, Lin Stepp. With cover artwork by Jim Gray and a tribute by Dolly Parton, this book is the first of twelve books in a fictional series of Foster Girls books set in the Great Smoky Mountains. When Dr. Vivian Delaney rents a house in Wear’s Valley seeking a quiet retreat to write books and escape some hidden problems, the probing of her landlord, the local camp director, brings surprising discoveries. A native of Tennessee, a businesswoman and educator, Dr. Stepp is a faculty member at Tusculum College. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson meeting room.
• Tuesday, August 18, 5:30 p.m., Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting, in the Board Room.
• Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5, 6 and 7: LIBRARY CLOSED in observance of Labor Day.
• Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Play Chess at the Library: Middle and high school students are invited to play chess with friends. Tom Jobe will coach most Saturdays in the Teen Central area of the library.
• Saturday, August 22, 4 p.m. Teens Write Now: Teen writers’ group.
August 1-31 Exhibits:
• “Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center” exhibit by Nancy Wright, in two vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Another Coal Miner’s Daughter” exhibit by Judy Haun, in the Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.
• “Kids and Clay” exhibit by O’Sullivan Dunlap Studio, Elain O’Sullivan in three cubes in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Southern Kids in Theatre (S.K.I.T.)” exhibit by Christie Beaton in two Display Cases in the Main Gallery across from the Bookmark Café.
• “YEStudio Kids Art” exhibit by Cindy McDannel on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery.
• Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild member exhibit, coordinated by Gloria Nelson, on Art Wall at the Bookmark Café and on two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.
• Exhibits by circulation staff on shelves behind counters of the Circulation Desks and on 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 273-1436 for schedule of classes or if there are questions.
• Thursday, July 30, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, August 6, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, August 13, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, August 20, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, August 27, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, September 10, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, September 17, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, September 24, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.
Book Discussion Group:
August Book: Still Alice by Lisa Genoba
Place: Library Board Room
Date: August 12 (2nd Wednesday of each month)
Time: 10:30 a.m.
August 2009 - Phone: 273-1414
(Unless otherwise indicated, all children’s programs are in the children’s library)
• Saturday, August 1, 11 a.m., “Once upon my time” with Wendal Wandell will be presented by author, teacher, and theatrical performer, Thomas J. Shimeld. Explore the world of books and imagination with this magical and delightful program, presented in the Sharon Lawson 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:
• First Monday, August 3, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour (Children’s Library).
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.
• Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.
• August 4: Grades K-2 - Velvet bug tote
• August 11: Grades 3-6 - Colored pencil-by-number picture
• August 18: Grades K-2 - Butterfly windsock
• August 25: Grades 3-6 - Ancient Culture design posters
• Thursday, August 6, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with Surplus Crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.
• Thursday, August 20, 6:30 p.m., Kids’ Studio Art Class offered by YEStudio (Youthful Expressions Studio) as a FREE community service project. Children ages 7-12 will enjoy classes that include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.
• 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.
Pre-School Story Hours and Crafts in Children’s Library Reading Pond:
August’s Children’s Theme: “Reading HOT Stuff”
• Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m., Bubbles and 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 and movement, rhyme time, puppets, crafts, and coloring.
• Saturday, August 8, 2 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.
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.
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