At your Public Library, Blount County Public Library


MARYVILLE, Tenn.– During the sultry evenings of August, you are invited to the Blount County Public Library to enjoy the seventh season of Hot Summer Nights Concerts along with other programs such as a Northern India Travelogue and a presentation about the Appalachian Quilt Trail.

Or you may want to just drop by to read, use the internet, get information about a dream vacation spot, check out a free movie, music CD or book on tape or order a smoothie or cappuccino from the Bookmark Café. All of these services and more are available—free—at the Blount County Public Library. We hope to see you there.

Hot Summer Nights Concerts at the Library will be in the Reading Rotunda (INDOORS):

§ Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.: “Laurel Wright” 12-year-old country vocalist, guitarist and composer, is accompanied by back-up band of Ricky “Red Hog” Gourley on banjo, Jim “Brother Dud” Raines on bass, Mike “Pickle” Johnson on electric guitar, Dwight “Waterdog” Waters on lead guitar with Steve Martin on drums. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

§ Thursday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.: “The Pair Family” (Jill, Bob, Hannah, Lydia & Abigail) present vocal harmony from a variety of musical genres and traditions with each family member playing a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, upright bass, banjo, Irish drum, and mountain dulcimer. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

§ Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m.: “Sparky and Rhonda Rucker,” internationally acclaimed performers will present folk songs and story telling, with Sparky accompanying himself with finger style picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo and spoons while Rhonda plays harmonica, piano, banjo, bones and adds vocal harmonies. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

§ Thursday, August 28, 7:00 p.m.: “Christabel and the Jons” present “Tennessee swing,” a sultry blend of blues, folk and southern swing. Featuring Christa DeCicco with vocals, guitars, accordion and banjo, the band also includes Seth Hopper on violin, mandolin, trumpet, accordion, and vocals; Jon Whitlock on drum kit, percussion and vocals; and various musicians on upright bass. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.


§ Monday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.: “Final Grand Prize Drawing on August 4”. All persons who registered in the Adult Summer Reading Program are eligible to win the final Grand Prize drawing. Weekly prizes, including items such as bookmarks, library mugs, café gift certificates and Blount County Public Library book bags, have been awarded each week during the program. All prizes are provided by the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Library.

§ Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m.: “Northern India Travelogue (slide program),” by Don Morrison, describing scenery, people, history and locations he encountered during his service with Cross-Cultural Solutions, an organization with venues for volunteer work around the world. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

§ Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.: “Appalachian Quilt Trail: People and Places,” by Jeanie Hilten, Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jane Richardson from Mountain Sage Gallery, and Nancy Williams from the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, will discuss the history of the Appalachian Quilt Trail as well as the implementation of the program in the Blount County area. Several quilters will show their work: Ila Mae Morton, Maetta Conrad, and Dorothy Belcher. This program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.

§ Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m., “Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room.

§ Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30, 31 and September 1, LIBRARY CLOSED, in honor of Labor Day weekend.


§ Back to School @ the Library: Teens, utilize library resources to help you succeed in your school assignments this year…or to provide some leisure time fun. Read books, do research, ask a Reference Librarian for assistance in locating information, use the internet, check out DVDs and CDs. The library is a great place to work, study or relax.

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. Computer classes will resume in mid-August. Call for a schedule.

Classes will resume in mid-August for

o “Intro to PC: Meet the Mouse,”

o “E-Mail,” and

o “Internet: Use of the Internet & Internet Searching.”


August Book: The Long Road Home by Martha Raddatz

Place: Library Board Room

Date: August 13 (2nd Wednesday of each month)

Time: 10:30 a.m.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: August 2008 Phone: 273-1414

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

§ 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:

o First Wednesday, August 6th, 5:00 p.m., Japanese Story Hour.

o First Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Mes Amis French Story Hour. RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER

o Last Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Italian Story Hour. RESUMES IN SEPTEMBER

§ 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.

Elementary Age Activities:

§ Fiction Favorites – Kids’ Reviews. Read Juvenile Fiction books, write and share reviews. Find book review forms and logs in Children’s Reference area.

§ 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.

§ Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m., Serendipity Activities, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library. Sign up in Children’s Library to participate with new crafts.

Aug. 5 Grades K-2 Color canvas backpack

12 Grades 3-6 Ceramic bugs

19 Grades K-2 Take flight: Butterflies & Airplanes

26 Grades 3-6 Canvas bookmark & bracelet

§ Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., Library Skills Workshops are offered quarterly to teach proper use of the Dewey Decimal System, Reference, Online Computer Research, and book location.

§ Thursday, Aug. 14th, 2-5 p.m., Serendipity Activities with surplus crafts, Grades K-6, in Children’s Library.

§ Thursdays, 4:00 p.m., Treasure Hunts are themed book searches and games where children follow the clues to the treasure box. Book search will resume in September.

§ Thursday, August 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kids’ Studio Art Class, offered by YEStudio (Youthful Expressions Studio) as a FREE community service project. This monthly art class will usually be offered on the third Thursday of each month. Children ages 7-12 may sign-up at the Children’s Check-out Desk for the class. Classes will include colored pencil drawing, watercolors, and pastels.

There will be NO Pre-School Story Hours in August. They will resume in September.

§ Musical Story Hour is offered by a professional presenter with stories, fun movement, and exploration of musical instruments for children ages birth to 5 years old. The program will be presented on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00 PM. Sessions resume in September.

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.