Blount County Public Library Calendar for December 2009

As a special treat during the week of Nov. 30, the new Clayton Center for the Arts will offer a Holiday Sampler of programs at the Blount County Public Library to preview the types of events which will be available at the new Clayton Center for the Arts when it opens early in 2010.

In addition, other schools and organizations will help you celebrate the holidays in spirit and attitude as they perform holiday selections.

In another collaboration, the library and the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society are announcing a genealogy workshop: “Genealogy 101: Getting Started with the Basics” workshop at the Blount County Public Library, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Registration and a $10 materials fee should be received at the library by Jan. 27.

We invite you to enhance your holidays with some of the many materials and services available at the library: movies on DVD or VHS, music CDs, databases, food, or multiple types of materials that can be checked out.

Holiday Music and Concerts:

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m., “Don Brakebill Singers,” under the direction of Don Brakebill and accompanied by Charlotte Brakebill, will perform the premier concert of holiday music for this season at the library. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

• Clayton Center Holiday Sampler at the Blount County Public Library, as a preview of some of the types of professional offerings which will soon be possible at the new Clayton Center for the Arts, will feature a varied selection of holiday programs: instrumental music, dramatic readings, and vocal music. The programs will all be offered during the week of Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., in the Reading Rotunda of the library:

• Monday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. “Roseman Strings Jazz Trio” - Barry Roseman, M.D., violin; Will Yeager, bass; and Harold Nagge, guitar - will perform a jazz concert of multi-national holiday music. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

• Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., “A Christmas Memory” will be presented as a dramatic reading by Robert Hutchens, Executive Director of the new Clayton Center for the Arts and actor. This poignant holiday story, written by Truman Capote, will be presented in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

• Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., “Alex and John Cherry Vocal Duet,” a father-daughter duo, will feature a selection of holiday classics as well as a sing-along in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

• Monday, Dec. 7, City of Maryville Tree Lighting and Santa at the Library:

6:30 p.m., Tree Lighting at Pistol Station, the end of the Pedestrian Bridge opposite to the library.

7:30 p.m., Santa at the Library, in the Main Gallery and Reading Rotunda of the library. Children will have their photographs taken with Santa in the warmth of the library.

• Tuesday, Dec. 8, Rain Date for City of Maryville Tree Lighting and Santa at the Library.

• Wednesday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., Eagleton Elementary Fourth Grade Choir, directed by Kim Juday, Director, in the Reading Rotunda.

• Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., William Blount High School Beginning Choir, directed by Carol Bellgrau, Director, in the Reading Rotunda.

• Thursday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m., Eagleton Elementary Fifth Grade Choir, directed by Kim Juday, Director, in the Reading Rotunda.

• Thursday, Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m., William Blount High School Singers, directed by Carol Bellgrau, Director, in the Reading Rotunda.

• Friday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m., William Blount High School Cadence, directed by Carol Bellgrau, Director, in the Reading Rotunda.

• Monday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., All That Jazz Show Choir, directed by Jayne Rahe, in the Reading Rotunda.

• Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 24 through 27: LIBRARY CLOSED for Winter Holiday.

• Thursday, Dec. 31 (closed at 4 p.m.) & all day Friday, January 1: LIBRARY CLOSED in honor of New Year’s Day.

Teen Programs:

• Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., “Play Chess at the Library: Every Saturday.” 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. (No chess on Dec. 5.)

• Dec. 1 - 22. DIY Crafts - Ornaments and More. Feeling crafty? Make different ornaments each week. Supplies provided. Free. Ask at the reference desk for materials and instructions. Make the crafts in the Teen Central area of the library.

Teens: Do you like the library? Want to have a say in the teen programs? Apply for the Teen Advisory Board. Applications at the Reference Desk.

Exhibits:

• “Townsend Artisan Guild (TAG) “ Exhibit by artists who reside in Townsend, Walland and Wears Valley on Art Wall at the Bookmark Café, one easel in sitting areas of the Main Gallery, and in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Maryville High School Art Students” Exhibit coordinated by Ms. Raquel Roy, art instructor, on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery.

• “Envelope Advertising” Exhibit by Barry VanWinkle, in two gallery display cases in the Main Gallery.

• “Winter Art from Alcoa/Blount County/Maryville’s Sister City, Zheleznogorsk” Exhibit by Reference Department, in the Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.

• “Appalachian Woodcarvings” Exhibit by Jeremiah Harstin, in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Dolls of the World” Exhibit, coordinated by Carol Thomas, in three square pedestal display cases in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild” Member Exhibit coordinated by Gloria Nelson, 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.

Book Discussion Group:

December Book: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Place: Library Board Room

Date: Dec. 9

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Programs:

Dec. 2009 • Phone: 273-1414

The library will be closed Dec. 24-27 and will close at 5 pm on Dec. 31 and all day on January 1.

There will be no story hours during Christmas week.

Elementary Age Activities:

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

Dec. 1 Grades K-2 -- Color Hand Puppets

Dec. 8 Grades 3-6 -- Color Animals

Dec. 15 Grades K-2 --Wooden Angel Ornament

• Thursday, Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with Surplus Crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

• 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:

December Children’s Theme: “Read a New Book Month”

There will not be any storyhours during Christmas Week

• Tuesdays, Dec. 1 and 15, 6:30 p.m. -- Twilight Tales Story Hour will be presented on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month. This program is an evening story hour for pre-school and early elementary aged children.

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

• Wednesday, 10 and10:30 a.m. -- Tadpole Tales story hours for ages two and under include stories, songs & movement, rhyme time, puppets, crafts, and coloring.

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, and click on the calendar icon at right side of Home Page to view the monthly calendar of events in printable format or sign up to receive a monthly calendar by email by clicking on “Programs and Events” on the Home Page; scroll down and click on libnews@blounttn.org and put “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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