Between Friends - Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - MAY 2015

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - May 2015

The Other Talk

By Barbara Zurl, Director
Ex Libris Library Extension Program

For the past 11 years members of the Ex Libris Library Extension Program have been visiting area retirement centers, health care centers and assisted living facilities delivering informative/interactive programs.  Through our project we have come to be familiar with the types of elder residential settings available to people who require living situations out of their own homes.  It is a fact that nearly 20% of the population of Blount County is 65 years of age – or older.  More and more people will be facing the prospect of making a major change in their living arrangements as time goes by. The possibility of such a change can be daunting!

Fortunately, residents of Blount County have resources available to them to help in making plans for the future.  Joani Shaver, Director of the Blount County Office on Aging recently suggested a book, which in her words, is "the definitive guide" in being proactive and intelligently making choices. That book is entitled "The Other Talk – A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children About the Rest of Your Life" by Tim Prosch.  Our library has two copies of the book in the stacks (305.26 PRO).

According to the publisher "The Other Talk" helps you take control of your life so when the time comes, your kids can make decisions based on what you want.  "This ground-breaking guide provides the practical advice and inspiration you need to have open, honest discussions about subjects that can be difficult to talk about.   ….The Other Talk gives you the tools to develop a strong partnership with your kids to plan for the rest of your life."

Planning for the future, when you are not in "crisis mode" ultimately provides a better outcome.  Edward Harper, Senior Services Coordinator at Blount Memorial Hospital stresses this point. He consults with people, free of charge, facing changes in the lives of their elderly loved ones and knows first-hand how overwhelming things can become.

Both Mother's Day and Father's Day are right around the corner.  Why not check out some useful information to help you and your family in making Mom and Dad's future the best it can be?

Tulips and card reading Happy Mother's Day

The Tech Corner

By Bonnie Holmes

Where would you go if you had the need to know----

if your house were haunted?

body parts of a salamander, polar bear, rattlesnake, and song bird?

river miles up the Kentucky River from one city to another?

a picture of the church where survivors of the Sultana once held their reunions?

the full name of a book if you knew just one word of the title or one character?

a good diet if you have osteoporosis?

where to find a map of the Maryville/Alcoa Greenway?

how to get to the U.S. District Court in Knoxville?

the house you once lived in when your father was helping to build Oak Ridge?

the answer to your generation gap in your genealogy search?

what the Belgian military insignia you have signify?

how you can dry your gourds?

a good recipe for cleaning silver?

why..... the reference area, of course.

Check in next month for the answers to the questions, all from the reference section of the Blount County Library.

Many thanks to the Department Head, Kathleen Christy and Melinda

along with Linda and Jennifer

and all the other reference librarians.

May 2015

Events at the BC Public Library

Experiencing new and exciting events and technology will be integral for this year's Summer Reading Program, "Out of the Ordinary."  To give maximum time to enjoy participation at the library, all three Summer Reading Programs (Adults, Teens and Children) will kick off summer events on Saturday, May 23, with a Mini-Con Comic Convention.  So plan now to join in the fun!

Your library is an example of your tax dollars at work for you, so be sure to take advantage of the many opportunities.

MUSIC / CONCERTS:

Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m., “Craggy Top Brass Quintet Concert.” The quintet consists of Joe Baker, Steve Wallace,Craig Valentine, Tarlton Atkinson, and Glenn Prager. This event will be in the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery of the library

Monday, May 11, 7 p.m., “Highlander Chorale Concert.” This event will be in the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery of the library.

Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 p.m., Blount County Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting,” in the Board Room of the library.

Children’s Events

May 23 10:30am all ages Mini Con Comic Convention for all ages. Children’s activities will involve an obstacle course, a superhero story time, movie showings, drawing workshops, and more!

May 30 10:30am-12pm Super Inventions Have you ever wanted to play a piano made of bananas? Or Pac-Man on with Play-Doh? Inventing and imagining with Makey Makeys and Knox Makers. Everyone can be an inventor!

Teen Events

May 23, 10:30—5 p.m. Mini Con
Comic Convention
for all ages. Children’s activities will involve an obstacle course, a superhero storytime, movie showings, drawing workshops, and more! Teen activities will include Cosplay 101, a costume contest, gaming, comic illustration lessons, panels, vendors and much more! Lunch will be provided to attendees, and stuff will be happening all day so don’t miss out!

Adult Events

May 23, 10:30—5 p.m. Mini Con - all ages
Comic Convention
Cosplay, comic illustration, costume contest, gaming, comic illustration lessons, panels, vendors and more all day! Throughout the library

May 23— July 27 Adults—sign up for summer reading!
Why should the kids have all the fun? Daily and grand prizes. Grand prize is Samsung Galaxy Tab to be awarded July 27 at 6:15 p.m. prior to the Shakespeare play.

May 23— July 27 Who’s Your Hero?
Is there someone you especially look up to? Write the names of your personal heroes on the columns in library main gallery.

May 23-July 27 Heroes vs. Villains
Vote for your most valiant hero and dastardly villain each day in the Bookmark Cafe.

EXHIBITS & COLLECTIONS:

May 1-31:
“Townsend Artisan Guild Member Art” Exhibits coordinated by Susan Cooper
on the Art Wall at the Bookmark Café, in one vertical display case and one square pedestal display case in the Entry Rotunda of the library.

  • “Gardening” Exhibit in the Main Gallery area between Circulation Desks.
  • “If Wishes Were Wagons – Gypsy Diorama” Exhibit by Ginger Trodglen in one square pedestal display cases in the Entry Rotunda of the library.
  • Summer Camp at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont” Exhibit by Heather Davis in one vertical display case in the Entry Rotunda of the library.
  • “Out of the Ordinary” Exhibit by Kathleen Christy in one square pedestal display cases in the Entry Rotunda of the library.
  • “Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children” Exhibit by Tiffany White of CASA in one display case in the mid-Gallery of the library across from the Bookmark Café.
  • “New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center” Exhibit by Nicole Wicker in one display case in the mid-Gallery of the library across from the Bookmark Café.
  • “Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild” Member Exhibit, coordinated by Linda A. Waterhouse, on two easels in the sitting area of the Main Gallery.



   The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day.

 

Friends of the Library Book Discussion Group

Do you enjoy reading thought provoking books and discussing them?  A group of wise, witty and wonderful women meet every second Wednesday in the library to do just that.  They are currently welcoming new members to the group.   This group can make an interesting discourse on the most unpromising subjects!!

The books read this year so far include “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, “The Signature of all Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith, and “The Shadow of the Banyan” by Vaddey Ratner. The May selection is “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Godwin.

If books like this and lively discussion are appealing to you, please join us at 10:15 in the board room at the library on May 13th.  On June 10th we will discuss "Sunflowers" by Sheramy Bundrick and also make suggestions for the coming year, and on July 8th those suggestions will be voted on.  Eleven books will be chosen along with a presenter for each book.  If you have questions, you may e-mail Vivian Selecman at Selecman@msn.com for more information.

See you at the library!!

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President: Diane Martin
Vice President: Denise Robertson
Treasurer: Garry Ernsberger
Secretary: Sandy Goodson
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Judy Ackley, Larry Ackley
Jane Bennett, Ginnae Harley
Larry Moore, Betty Fowler



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