Blount County Public Library May Calendar

For the month of May, visitors to the library can view some truly exceptional artwork. With Blount County student art festival competitions just completed, the winning entries are on display at the library for the first part of the month of May. For the last weeks of May, examples of pottery will be exhibited by artists with the Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival. In addition, Kite Festival winning kites from the Fine Arts Blount event will be exhibited, and some unique license plates sculptures (for example, full-size replicas of a horse, dinosaur and human characters) by Steve Russell will be displayed throughout the library.

Believe it or not, one of the Confederate Army generals was born just down the road in Madisonville, Tennessee. General John C. Vaughn is the subject of a well-researched book, and the author, Larry Gordon, will discuss some of the achievements of The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry.

The Blount County Master Gardeners will continue another series of gardening and lawn care programs, this time offering tips for parents in involving children in gardening activities. And, once again, the Grace Notes Flute Ensemble will perform a spring concert at the library.

On Saturday, May 30, a medieval festival will celebrate the kick-off of “Be Creative at Your Library” for the children’s summer reading program, and teens will begin participation in their summer reading program’s theme of “Express Yourself at Your Library.”

The library will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Music and Concerts:

Saturday, May 9, 2 p.m., “Grace Notes Flute Ensemble Concert” by Grace Notes Flute Choir. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.


Tuesday, May 5, 9 a.m. 7 p.m., “Gardening with Children.” Valerie Horrocks and Judy Kopp with Blount County Master Gardeners Association members, will discuss appropriate plants and techniques to help children enjoy gardening. Families are welcome. This program will be offered in the Sharon Lawson meeting room.

Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m., “The Last Confederate General: John Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry” will be a discussion by the author, Larry Gordon, of the book he researched and wrote about the general who was born in Madisonville, Tennessee. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson meeting room.

Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Medieval Fair: “Be Creative at Your Library” 2009 Summer Reading Club Kick-off Event will be presented in the library meeting rooms and hallway. See day’s schedule below.

Saturday, May 30, “Express Yourself at Your Library” 2009 Teen Summer Reading Club Kick-off. Pick up logs for the summer reading program and learn about other activities and prizes in the Reference Department of the library.

Teen Programs:

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

Saturday, May 30, 4 p.m., “Teen Writers Group” will be in Study Room A in the Reference area of the library.

Saturday, May 30, “Express Yourself at the Library” Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-off” will begin with reading logs available at the Reference Desk along with schedules of other activities and awards.


May 1-31 Exhibits:

“Kite Festival Winners (in the Adult Category)” Exhibit coordinated by Suzanne Stockfisch and Fine Arts Blount, on Art Wall at the Bookmark Café.

“License Plate Sculptures” Exhibit by Steve Russell, freestanding exhibits in the Entry Rotunda and at the Children’s Library.

“Gardening” Exhibit by Blount County Public Library Reference staff, in Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.

“Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild Member Art” Exhibit 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.

May 1-15 Exhibits:

“Blount County Middle School Student Art Festival Winners” Exhibit coordinated by Ms. Marsha Krout, along with all middle school art teachers, on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery and in all display cases in the Entry Rotunda and middle of the Main Gallery.

“Blount County Elementary School Student Art Festival Winners” Exhibit coordinated by Ms. Marsha Krout, along with all elementary school art teachers, on walls of the Sunshine Room and in the office area of the Children’s Library.

May 16-31 Exhibits:

“Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival” Exhibit coordinated by Jeanie Hilten and Marian Schlauch, on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda of the Main Gallery and in all display cases in the Entry Rotunda and middle 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, May 7, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, May 14, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.

Thursday, May 21, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.

Children’s Programs:

May 2009 • Phone: 273-1414

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

Saturday, May 2, 11:00 a.m., “Planetary Parade” will be presented by the Tremont Institute as a community outreach program. Explore the solar system with this exciting program, followed with students creating an “alien craft” project.

Saturday, May 9, 11:00 a.m., “Stories out loud” will be presented by the Homeschool Speech and Debate Club, whose members will recite and act out stories.

Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Medieval Fair: “Be Creative at Your Library” 2009 Summer Reading Club Kick-off Event will be presented in the library meeting rooms and hallway:

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Creative Frolic (Sharon Lawson Room)

10 a.m. Jousting & Games

11 a.m. Magician, Tom Vorjohan

12:30 p.m. Revelry, Dancing, Singing

1:30 p.m. Medieval Puppet Show

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Creative Fun (Herron Room B)

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Games, Art Projects

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Creative Faces (Board Room)

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Face Painting

12:00 noon - Creative Feast (Meeting Hallway)

Noon Feasting tables in Herron Room A

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:

First Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour

First Wednesday, May 6, 5:00 p.m., Japanese Story Hour

Fourth Saturday, May 23, 3:00 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.

Thursday, May 14, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with Surplus Crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

Thursday, May 21, 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 be offered on the third Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 will enjoy classes that include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

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

May Children’s Theme: “Get caught reading month”

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

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, May 9, 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 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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