BCFOL membership dues and donations are used for Library programs, equipment, and materials. Our volunteers contribute time and skills to outreach and fundraising activities. We are always looking for new volunteers! Share your talents or learn new ones with community service projects, exhibits, popular events, or workshops. It's fun and worthwhile! ►Learn more
Man of Sorrow, the Life and Times of Carter Stanley – Mon., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Main Gallery. Gary Reid—actor, musician, historian, and author—performs a one-man show with storytelling and music that bring to life the story of Appalachian mountain music treasure, Carter Stanley. Part of the Southern Appalachian Studies series. ►More Info
Medicare Matters! – Wed., Oct. 23, 11 a.m. Sharon Lawson Room. Joani Shaver (Blount County Office on Aging) presents an overview of Medicare options and changes for 2020. Medicare counselors will be available to assist individuals with reviewing choices and enrolling in different plans. ►More Info
BC Public Library's Happy 100th Birthday Party – Thurs., Oct. 24, Main Gallery. Reception to follow. Hear proclamations marking this historic occasion, learn how our local library was formed, sing Happy Birthday, have a piece of cake! Sponsored by BCFOL.
Managing Conflict – Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 a.m. networking; 8-10 a.m. training. Soft Skills Training session. Coffee and nibbles provided. Bring mobile device or laptop. Register now. ►More Info
Cormac McCarthy Literary Festival – Fri., Sat., Sun, Nov. 1–3. Three-day Literary Festival celebrates authors preserving Appalachian culture, sparking conversation and weaving tales: Ron Rash, Sharyn McCrumb, Amy Greene, Frank X. Walker, Lin Stepp, and more. Celebrate local history and Library Centennial! Fun activities for whole family. ►More Info
10th Anniversary Dulcimer Club Concert – Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Main Gallery. Popular annual concert by local musicians playing a variety of dulcimer types. ►More Info
A Salute to Veterans Past and Present – Sat., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. Main Gallery. The Public is invited and encouraged to attend. Reception to follow. BCFOL is also launching two new publications: Loyal Mountaineers: The Civil War Memoirs of Will McTeer, and Vietnam Voices: Stories of East Tennesseans Who Served in Vietnam, 1965–1975 (vol. 1). Sponsored by BCFOL and BC Veterans Affairs Office. ►More Info
The Library will be closed Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day)
Yardstick Gardening – Tues., Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Sharon Lawson Room. Nicky Linneman with fun and facts on how to evaluate and improve the environmental friendliness of your yard. Part of the Garden Series by BC Extension and BC Master Gardeners. ►More Info
BCFOL Book Discussion Group – Wed., Nov. 13, 10:15 a.m. Library Board Room. Discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, led by Jan Bower. ►More Info
Appalachian Reads Book Discussion Group – Sat., Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. Dorothy Herron Room A. November's selection is The Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman, facilitated by Jan Taylor. ►More Info
Medicare and Drug Plans – Wed., Nov. 20, 11 a.m. Sharon Lawson Room. Joani Shaver (BC Office on Aging) and Pat Collins (B.S.Pharm) will review options for 2020. Medicare counselors will be available by appointment before and after presentation. ►More Info
Bluegrass Music Club – 1st & 3rd Tuesday (Nov. 5 & 19), 6-7 p.m. For all ages and skills. Josephine Cappelletti, Director. One time $20 fee for bluegrass music book. Meets in Library Staff Lounge. Listeners welcome. ►Southern Appalachian Studies series ►More Info
Quiltin' Bee – 1st & 3rd Thursday (Nov. 7 & 21), 10–11 a.m. Study Room D (near Reference area). Instructor Linda Marcus leads this adventure in hand-quilting. All ages and skill levels welcome. ►Southern Appalachian Studies series ►More Info
Adult Coloring – 3rd Thursday (Nov. 21), 7–8:30 p.m., Reference area of the Library. Fun and relaxation for grown-ups. Just show up. Bring your own or use provided supplies. ►More Info
Are You Smarter than a Librarian? BCPL Trivia Challenge – 1st Monday (Nov. 4), 7–8:30 p.m. Dorothy Herron Room A. All ages welcome! Covers a variety of topics, from geography and history to pop culture and sports.
Redeem for Books or Membership! Buy books or collectibles at our Book Sales. Use for Individual ($15) or Family ($20) memberships. ►Order
Used Book Sale
Dec. 5 – Members Only – noon to 6
Dec. 6 & 7 – General Public – 10 to 4
50,000 Books! Build your own Library! Choose from a wide selection of used books in every category, many in mint condition. If you love to read, if you love books, don’t miss our book sale bargains! ►More Info►Map►How to Donate Books
Too many books? We’d love your donations!
Public book donations enable Blount County Friends of the Library to host quarterly book sales, maintain an eBay store and donate to the community. ►More Info