Honoring friends

Blount library ‘HoeDown in the Low Down’ honors supporters, raises funds

Most libraries are quiet places to go to study or read. That wasn’t the case Saturday night at the Blount County Public Library.

Things got a little noisy when the sounds of Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and Sisters of the Silver Sage highlighted the Hoedown in the Low Down at the Blount County Public Library.

Kathy Pagles, director of the Blount County Public Library, said $7,000 was raised before expenses during the Oct. 16 event. “I think it went well. It got a bit chilly toward the end, but overall everyone had a really nice time. The food was good, the company was great, and people were happy,” she said.

The event was held on patio of the lower level of the library.

“We began the evening with reception and music by Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. We had a very nice barbecue dinner followed by a program in which 2010 Champion of Library Award was given to Joy Bishop,” Pagles said.

“Of course, what can you say about Joy? She’s a volunteer extraordinaire,” said Pagles, “and was instrumental in raising the $4 million in public money that helped build this library, served as chair of the foundation for years while fundraising was going on and the building was being built. She followed that up with several years of being chair of the library board of trustees and was chair of the Gala Committee this year.”

Friends of the Library presented State Sen. Doug Overbey with a special award for his work legislatively to assist libraries. “He and other legislators got a bill passed that allowed groups to have sales and not pay sales tax until they earn $100,000,” she said. “It makes money available to spend on libraries. It wasn’t just for our library, he worked for friends groups of libraries across the state.”

Sisters of the Silver Sage rounded out the evening by playing for 45 minutes.

“Our hands were cold but our hearts were warm,” Pagle said. “It was our first time outside on the patio.”

The patio on the lower level is located at the back of the library. Wrapping up the HoeDown in the Low Down out on the patio was a way of showing off a public area of the library Pagles hopes is used more in the future. “If you’re walking toward the Greenbelt, you go down a short flight of stairs, and it opens up,” Pagles said. “We wanted to show that off and have a vision of what that will be when we finish the lower level.”

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