Library Calendar for March 2009

During this time of economic recession, most families are affected one way or another by job lay-offs or decline in income, savings or investments. To provide some assistance in finding resources that can help address those issues, the Blount County Public Library, in cooperation with other community organizations, is offering a series of informational programs by experts in various fields-job search, health care options, retirement investment options, legal advice, etc.

Please share this calendar of events with family members, friends or co-workers who might benefit from having access to this information.

And-because everyone, especially in tough times, needs some leisure relaxation--you’re invited to attend a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Quartet here at the library. The concert will include a musical storytime for children of all ages.

Music and Concerts:

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m., “Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Quartet Concert with a Storytime” A KSO string quartet will present a concert at the library and will include a musical storytime during the concert. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.


Monday, March 9, 7 p.m., “Know (former) Employer Retirement Options” by Todd Mills, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones Company, is a program designed to help people who recently switched jobs, retired or are facing unemployment due to a layoff or downsizing, determine what to do with their employer retirement savings plan. The presentation basically sheds light on what to do with your 401(k) or any other employer retirement plan. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson Meeting Room.

Monday, March 16, 7 p.m., “Health Care Options for the Disemployed,” by Lynn Goan, social worker with the Blount County Health Department, Dana Tillery, supervisor at the Department of Human Services, and Camille Keck, East Tennessee Family Resource Specialist with Family Voices of Tennessee. This program will focus on providing information health care information and resources for disemployed workers and their families. These specialists will explain qualifications for the various Blount County Health Department services, TennCare and TennderCare programs, Cover Tennessee (health insurance options for uninsured), and multiple other health care options. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.

Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m., “Fiscal Fitness in Tough Times,” by David Bonewitz, Blount County Habitat for Humanity Family Service Director, and Anna Seale, Financial Education Specialist for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of East Tennessee. These specialists will provide helpful information for making fiscally frugal financial decisions and planning during an economic recession. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., “Free Legal Advice Clinic” and “Wills for Heroes” by Justin Martin with the Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyer Division, and the Blount County Bar Association. This clinic will be opportunity for the public to seek free legal advice. Also during the clinic, attorneys will be available to write wills for firemen and their families. This clinic will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

AARP Tax Preperation Sign Ups:

From February 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 February. Call the above numbers for more information.


March 1-31 Exhibits:

“Alcoa High School Student Artwork” Exhibit by students of Ms. Minda Cedeño on Art Wall at Bookmark Café and on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery.

“Blount Memorial Hospital Auxiliary” Exhibit by Mary Alice Cannon in two cubes displayed in the Entry Rotunda of the library.

“Wood Carvings” Exhibit by Jack Henson in one cube display case in the Entry Rotunda.

“Job Resources for Displaced Workers” 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.

“Tremont Summer Camps” Exhibit by Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Meredith Goins in two vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda.

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

“Genealogy Materials” Exhibit by Blount County Public Library staff, in Genealogy display case in the Reference 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 273-1436 for schedule of classes or if there are questions.

Thursday, March 5, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, March 12, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, March 19, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, March 26, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, April 2, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.

Book Discussion Group:

March Book: “The Tavern on Maple St.” by Sharon Owens

Place: Library Board Room

Date: March 11 (2nd Wednesday of each month)

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Programs:

March 2009 Phone: 273-1414

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

Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, at 1 and 3 p.m., LEGO Robot Project will continue to be presented in Dorothy Herron Room A. Jack and Sue Roberts, retired from IBM, offer this community outreach that instructs and assists 3rd & 4th graders as they construct fully-functional LEGO robots. A six week schedule of sessions will have each Saturday involving two separate groups who build their team’s robot. The sixth week will involve a competition between the two robots. Participants must sign-up in the children’s library and commit to the full six week project.

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, Mar. 2, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour

First Wednesday, Mar. 4, 5 p.m., Japanese Story Hour

Last Saturday, Mar. 28, 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, 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.

March 3 - Grades K-2 - Locker message board

March 10 - Grades 3-6 - Celestial sun catcher

March 17 - Grades K-2 - Tile coasters

March 24 - Grades 3-6 - Windsocks

March 31 - Grades K-2 - Bunny masks

Wednesdays, March 4 for grades 3 and 4; and March 11 for grades 5 and 6, at 4 p.m., Library Skills Workshops will teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location. Sign-up at children’s check-out desk.

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

Thursdays, March 5 and 19, 4 p.m., Stop, Drop & Roll Treasure Hunt, a themed book search and game where children Grades 3-6 follow clues to the treasure box.

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 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 third Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 will enjoy classes that include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

Saturday, March 21, 3 p.m., Children’s Art Class is offered as a FREE community service project. Early elementary aged children meet at the craft tables for art projects presented by Fine Arts Connection.

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:

March Children’s Theme: “Spring into Reading”

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.

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.

Saturday, Mar. 14, 2 p.m., 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

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. To “unsubscribe,” simply send a reply email after receiving a calendar or email at your computer.

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