Learning Spanish can be as fun and easy as playing games and watching a cartoon! Really! “Discover Spanish,” is an online language software available at any internet computer, anywhere, newly available through the Blount County Public Library website (www.blountlibrary.org). At the library home page, scroll down and click on “Electronic Resources,” then click on “Discover Spanish.” Register by entering a valid email address and library card number and enjoy an introduction to basic conversational Spanish.
“What Now? Careers, Changes and Re-training” will be presented by Pellissippi State career advisement counselors and is the final presentation in this year’s Blount County Big Read series based on the coming-of-age book, Bless Me, Ultima, by Chicano author, Rudolfo Anaya. Also during the month of October, start your early Christmas shopping by visiting the Used Book Sale held by the Friends of the Library.
• Monday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., “T.N.T. Dulcimer Trio Concert” by Ginny Cliett, Deby Libby & Linda Smith. This dulcimer trio will perform mountain dulcimer music as they explain about the different types of dulcimers and the various kinds of music possibilities on dulcimer. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.
• Monday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., “What Now? Careers, Change and Re-training” by Cindy Atchley, Admissions Coordinator and Holly Burkett, Assistant Dean, Pellissippi State Technical College. Whether experiencing job loss, wanting to change career direction or seeking first-time employment, this presentation will address career choice tools and classes which can make finding appropriate employment easier. As an event for this year’s The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, this program is based upon a theme in this year’s book, “Bless Me, Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya. To promote reading, a collaboration of Blount County organizations (Alcoa City Schools, Blount County Public Library, Blount Education Initiative, Blount County Schools, Maryville City Schools and Maryville College, with Knoxville Public Library and underwritten by an NEA grant from the Knoxville YWCA) encourages residents to read the book, available at the library or at local book stores, and to participate in multiple events. This presentation will be in the combined Dorothy Herron Rooms A & B of the library.
• Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16, 17 & 18: LIBRARY CLOSED for Fall Festival.
• Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22, 23 and 24, “Used Book Sale,” fundraiser for the library where more than 50,000 books are availabe-$1 for soft cover and $2.50 for hard cover, plus specially priced collectibles and others--by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library (FOL):
• Thursday, Oct. 22, 12 noon until 6 p.m. “Members Only Sale,” an opportunity for FOL members to purchase books before other members of the public are admitted to the sale. FOL memberships are available at the door, in the Library lower level.
• Friday & Saturday, Oct. 23 & 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “Used Book Sale - Open to the Public,” in the Library lower level.
• Monday, November 2, 1-4 p.m., “Miniature Painting Demonstration” by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist. These two nationally-acclaimed miniature artists will do a live demonstration of miniature art painting in the Main Gallery and Rotunda of the library.
• Monday, November 2, 7 p.m., “Miniature Painting Artwork Presentation and Display” by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist. These two nationally-acclaimed miniature artists will give a presentation about the specifications for miniature artwork as well as a display of their award-winning work. The presentation will be in the Sharon Lawson Room of the library.
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• 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.
• Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 - 9 pm. “Teen Mystery Night: ‘The Disappearance of John Wallace’.” A fictionalized story is based on a true event in Maryville’s history. Teens solve the mystery. Open to area middle and high school students, this event is Free. Food will be served. For this event, held after normal library hours, drive to the end of the library adjacent to Regal Towers and the outside entrance to the Sharon Lawson Room. To register, call 865-982-0981, ext. 4, or 865-273-1436.
• Saturday, Oct. 24, 4. “Write Now! Teen Writers Group” Teens interested in writing can meet with other teens to do writing exercises to stimulate good writing and then have the opportunity, if desired, for having the writing critiqued by the group. The teen writers’ group meets in the Board Room.
• “Russian Sister City Student Art “ Exhibit by students from Zheleznogorsk, coordinated by Melinda Rust on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda.
• “Rocky Top Decorative Painters” Exhibit by Dixie Porter, in one cube display case in the Entry Rotunda and two display cases in the Main Gallery.
• “National 4-H Week” Exhibit by Sharon Davis, Blount County Extension Office, in two vertical display cases in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Maryville College Homecoming” Exhibit by Helen Bruner, Maryville College, in one cube display cases in the Entry Rotunda.
• “National Alliance of Mental Illness” Exhibit by Kim Kramer, in one cube display case in the Entry Rotunda.
• “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild” Member Exhibit coordinated by Gloria Nelson, on Art Wall at the Bookmark Café and on easels in the Main Gallery.
• “Archives Month” Exhibit by Jackie Glenn, in the Genealogy display case in the Reference area of the library.
• “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 865-273-1436 for schedule of classes.
• Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 - 4 p.m., “E-Mail,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, Oct. 8, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 - 4 p.m., “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2 - 4 p.m., “Email,” in the Board Room.
• Thursday, November 5, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
Oct. Book: “The Outliers,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Meet in the Library Board Room on Wednesday, Oct. 14 (2nd Wednesday of each month) at 10:30 a.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m., “Fire Safety for Kids” will be presented by our local fire fighters for elementary aged children. The Educational Program van will be parked in the library parking lot, along with a fire engine for children to enjoy.
• 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:
• Monday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., Amigos Spanish Story Hour (Children’s Library).
Elementary Age Activities:
• Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.
Oct. 6, Grades 3-6: Ceramic Dinosaurs
Oct. 13, Grades K-2: Neon Backpacks
Oct. 20, Grades 3-6: Surplus Craft Special
Oct. 27, Grades K-2: Halloween Masks
• Thursday, Oct. 8, 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 & Crafts
October Children’s Theme: “National Book Month”
• Tuesday, Oct. 6, 20, 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, 10:30 a.m., Tadpole Tales story hours for ages two and under include stories, songs & movement, rhyme time, puppets, crafts, and coloring.
• Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m., Yoga Story Hour for Kids will resume with stories and yoga positions to illustrate animals in the stories. Pre-school children bring a towel and a favorite toy to 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.