Blount County Library November calendar of events

November at the library brings a variety mix of events to suit your fancy: miniature art painting specialists, Smoky Mountain medicine women, small ship cruises, and the annual Tellabration! of storytelling for the entire family.

And to usher in the holidays, the Don Brakebill Singers will perform. Then, the first week of December, a special palette of offerings at the library will serve as a prelude of soon-to-be-available events at the new Clayton Center for the Arts will Center.

Enjoy special time at the library by attending events, utilizing services, enjoying check-outs of DVD movies, CD music or books to read while waiting out a rainy day.

Music and Concerts:

• Saturday, November 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 November 30, at 7:00 p.m., in the Reading Rotunda of the library:

Monday, November 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, December 1, 7 p.m., “A Christmas Memory” will be performed by Robert Hutchens. This poignant holiday story, written by Truman Capote, will be presented in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

Thursday, December 3, 7 p.m., “Cherry Family Vocal Duet” will be a selection of holiday music performed by John and Alex Cherry in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

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

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

7:30 p.m., Santa at the Library, in the Main Gallery and Reading Rotunda of the library.

For more holiday concerts, check the December calendar of events when it’s available soon.


• Monday, November 2, 1 to 4 p.m., “Miniature Painting Demonstration” by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, nationally-acclaimed miniature artists. This husband-wife duo will demonstrate, exhibit and answer questions in the Main Gallery and Entry Rotunda of the library.

• Monday, November 2, 7 p.m., “Miniature Painting Art Presentation” by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, nationally-acclaimed miniature artists. This husband and wife team, both professional miniature artists and officers of the Association for Miniature Artists, will present an informative presentation about professional miniature art painting in the Sharon Lawson Room of the library.

• Wednesday, November 11:

LIBRARY CLOSED in honor of Veterans Day.

• Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m., “Smoky Mountain Medicine Women” by Dr. Gail Palmer. In years gone by, before convenient and prevalent transportation, people in rural and mountainous communities had to rely upon community granny women or medicine women. Dr. Palmer will share stories of some of these women in Cades Cove and this area in the Sharon Lawson Room of the library.

• Monday, November 16, 7 p.m., “Small Ship Cruises: Mediterranean, Antarctica and the Amazon” Travelogue by Tom and Valerie Hendrix. After trying--and not liking--large ship cruises, this husband and wife pair have travelled extensively on multiple small ship cruises to many parts of the world. Their travelogue presentation, complete with slides and traveling tips, will be in the Sharon Lawson Room of the library.

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

• Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m., “Tellabration! Storytelling for the Entire Family” by Elizabeth Rose. Introduced to storytelling around the family dinner table, this native of Etowah who is currently school principal in Kingston, TN, shares stories of wit and humor which include a blend of traditional southern folklore, fairy tales, ghost stories, and folktales from around the world. The presentation will be in the Sharon Lawson Room of the library.

• Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27: LIBRARY CLOSED in honor of Thanksgiving 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 Saturdays in the Teen Central area of the library. Note: No chess on December 5.

• Saturday, November 14, 2 to 4 p.m., “Gaming Day.” Teens are invited to have fun gaming with a Wii in the library in Dorothy Herron Rooms A & B. Celebrate the American Library Association’s (ALA) first annual “National Gaming Day @ your library” with hundreds of libraries across the country.


November 1-30 Exhibits:

• “Maryville Christian High School Student Art “ Exhibit by students of Allison England on Art Panels at the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery.

• “House of Santa Mouse Exhibits by the Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild” Exhibit coordinated by Dixie Porter, in one vertical display case and two square pedestal display cases in the Entry Rotunda.

• “Mermaid” Sculpture Exhibit by Olga Rader, in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda.

• Exhibit in one square pedestal 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 two easels in sitting areas of the Main Gallery.

• “Thanksgiving Feast” Exhibit by Reference Department, 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.

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, October 29, 2 - 4 p.m., “Email,” in the Board Room.

• Thursday, November 5, 2 - 4 p.m., “Internet Searching,” in the Board Room.

After the holidays, classes will resume in January, 2010.

Book Discussion Group:

November Book: A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russel

Place: Library Board Room

Date: November 18*

(*This meeting will be the 3rd Wednesday because library will be closed November 11 to honor Veterans.)

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Programs:

November 2009 • Phone: 273-1414

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

The library will be closed November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, and November 26 & 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

• Sunday afternoons in November, Family Readathons in the Reading Pond. Families are encouraged to come to the library each Sunday for Family Game Day and Family Readathons. Relax at the library with your children and read together.

• Saturday, November 7, 11a.m., Celebrate America Story Hour will be presented by library staff in the Children’s Reading Pond for pre-school and elementary aged children. This program emphasizes stories and ideas from the “Picture America” display in the library gallery.

• Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m., Children’s Storytelling Telebration will be presented by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association in the Children’s Reading Pond. Local storytellers, Millie Sieber, Shirley Nicholson, Kathleen Mavournin, and Robert “Red Hawk” Eldridge, will weave their tales for elementary aged children and their parents.

• Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m., American Tall Tales and Folklore Story Hour will be presented by library staff in the Children’s Reading Pond. Highlighted stories will emphasize some of the folktales that are represented in the “Picture America” display in the library gallery. Pre-school and elementary aged children are invited to this fun-filled story time.

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, November 2, 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, 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

Nov. 3 - Grades 3-6 Hacky Sack Kick Balls

Nov. 10 - Grades K-2 Surplus Crafts

Nov. 17 - Grades 3-6 Classic Yoyos

• Thursday, November 12, 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:

November Children’s Theme: “Family Stories Month”

There will not be any storyhours during Thanksgiving Week

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

• Tuesdays, November 3 & 17, 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.

• 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, November 14, 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

To print a one-page monthly calendar of events at the library, go to the library Web site at, 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 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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