Foothills Voices: Echoes of Southern Appalachia — Volume 2 Book Launch – Thurs., May 9, 7–8:30 p.m. Sharon Lawson Room. Twelve writers from East Tennessee tell true stories that echo with a pitch, tone, and diversity that reflects aspects of life in the Appalachian region, from intimate family stories to global issues. Published by Blount County Public Library. ►More Info
Appalachian Reads Book Discussion Group – Sat., May. 18, 10:30 a.m. Dorothy Herron Room A. Blount County Public Library’s book group with May’s selection, One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash. ►More Info
Ole Bert: Sage of the Smokies – Mon., May 20, 7 p.m. Sharon Lawson Room. Dr. Jim Stovall presents the story of Bert Garner—thought of as the “Appalachian Thoreau”—as told in a new edition of H.C. “Woody” Brinegar’s 1982 book published by Blount County Friends of the Library. ►More Info
Blount County Black History, Then and Now, as Told by Those Who Lived It – Sun., May 26, 4-5:30 p.m. Main Gallery. Stories of integration, struggle, triumph and silence. Join activist Dorothy Mitchell-Kincaid and other local leaders as they present a vital collection of historical documents, books and videos to the Blount County Public Library. Music and refreshments, as well as questions and answers from the presenters.
Building a Team – Fri., May 31, 7:30 a.m. Networking; 8-10 a.m. Session. Library Learning Lab (Bldg. in Library Parking Lot). Registration begins April 29. Build teams of individuals whose strengths complement each other. Soft Skills Training ►More Info
Quiltin’ Bee – 1st & 3rd Thursday (May 2 & 16), 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
Bluegrass Music Club – 1st & 3rd Tuesday (May 7 & 21), 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
Adult Coloring – 3rd Thursday (May 16, June 20), 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
BCFOL Book Discussion Group – Wed., June 12, 10:15 a.m. Library Board Room. Discuss Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, led by Kim Stubbs. ►More Info
Are You Smarter than a Librarian? BCPL Trivia Challenge – 1st Monday (May 6), 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.
Soft Skills Training – Held monthly on a Friday from February–May, and August–December, 7:30-10 a.m. Updated sessions for 2019 take your career to the next level. Registration for the next class begins following the completion of the previous one. ►More Info
BCPL Seed Library – The Library is accepting seed donations now. They’d love to have heirloom, non-GMO, and non-hybrid seeds. You may check out seeds with your library card. How it works: Borrow seeds, grow the plants, and return some seeds to share with other people in our community. ►More Info