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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - October 2015
October Book Sale Flyer

(If you are not a member, you can join at the sale. Membership Forms will be available and credit card payments will be accepted.)

Click here to view the October 2015 Collectible Book List available at this book sale.

The selection of books is excellent, and many are in mint condition. There are books for everyone and they're well-organized for easy browsing. The book sale depends on donations, and each one seems to get bigger and better than before.

Blount County Library, Lower Level

Amazing quarterly book sales are held in January, April, July, and October! Recent sales have offered around 50,000 books! One of the perks of being a member of the Friends is early access to the sale the day before it's opened to the public.

Come build your own Library!

** Penny Myers reports that since the book sale in October, 2006, The Friends have sold 6,437 collectible books during the book sales. These books are evaluated by the collectible book team and sell for different prices than the regularly priced pre-owned books.

If you love to read, if you love books, this is a Book Bargain Event you cannot miss. The best selections go fast, so plan to attend as a BCFOL member to get the “preview” sale and grab the best.

Proceeds from your membership and your purchases support the Library!

BCFOL Volunteers spend hours and hours sorting and organizing books and other items. A multitude of categories of shelved books will be found on wide shopping aisles; open shopping areas display many, many special features. You will find our shopping venue rivals retail book stores. Our knowledgeable Volunteers will be on hand to gladly assist you find those special books!

10th Annual National Friends of Libraries Week is Oct. 18-24, 2015

Copy of proclamation

?Printed Books Obsolete or Replete for 100 Years?

The Friends field questions all the time at the quarterly book sales about the digital books some people buy and read. People want to know if books will no longer be printed at all. Because many book patrons are still coming to the sales and donating many, many, many books for resale, Blount County is not the place where people ONLY read on digital devices, but a recent revered newspaper took on the issue and puts to rest the idea that printed books are dead.

On September 22, 2015, the New York Times printed an article about E books. In The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip and Print is Far from Dead, the author Alexandra Alter writes that by 2011, when Borders, a giant bookseller, went bankrupt, many other booksellers and authors feared a digital apocalypse. However, by 2015, digital sales, according to the author, have instead “slowed sharply.” “Now there are signs that some e-book adopters are returning to print, or becoming hybrid readers who juggle devices and paper. “ Digital books, according to Alter, accounted last year for around 20% of the market, roughly the same as they did a few years ago. “There is a surprising resilience of print and independent bookstores are showing strong signs of resurgence. The number of people, according to a Nielsen Survey, showed that read books on e-readers fell 18% from 2012 to the first quarter of 2015.

Print Book lovers need not fear for at least several decades that booksellers will run out of their beloved books.

However, it is not a bad idea to buy the ones really preferred as the sales provide them. The Friends pre-owned printed book sale is coming up October 15-17. Many collectibles will be offered as well.

Read entire NY Times article: The Plot Twist: e-Book Sales Slip and Print is Far from Dead

Techy Corner by Bonnie Holmes

Do you have a class or course on your “to-do list”?

  • Was there always some course you wish you had taken but didn’t have the time or money to sign up?
  • Do you need background information to help students learn?
  • Do you wonder if you would be good in a new discipline or field?
  • Do you need to prepare for college level courses?
  • Do you need to prepare for a change in occupation?
  • Do you need to enhance what you already know?
  • Would you like to learn how to invest to save for college or retirement?
  • Would you like to learn how to write for grants?

The Blount County Library provides an opportunity to do all these things though a subscription to Gale Courses offered online. The subjects offered include courses in accounting and finance, business, college readiness, computer applications, design and composition, health care and medical, language and arts, law and legal, personal development, teaching and education, technology, and writing and publishing.

They vary from learning how to successfully homeschool, to obtaining the tools and techniques to assist aging relatives, to preparing for the PMP certification exam, to creating Web pages, to learning Adobe to enhance your photographs, to learning how to freelance your writing, to mastering Microsoft Office 2010, or to learning accounting fundamentals.

The instructor-led courses start monthly, using a six-week format and are interactive. The lessons require around two to four hours weekly to complete the assignments. Expert instructors lead the secession which are interactive, allowing for discussion with those instructors and fellow students. Awards of completion are given with a passing score.

Sign up and stretch your mind and skills, while enjoying learning new things at your convenience.

Upcoming Events

Food Allergies: Management Tips and Tools
Monday, October 19: 7 PM
Amanda Painter, Board President
and Director of Education and Development for The Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee
Sharon Lawson Room

Medicare Options
Wednesday , October 28, Wednesday November 18: 11 AM
If you have to sign up this year, or are looking for others who will share the problems of the ones they are in, this program will be most helpful.

Free Legal Clinic
Blount County Bar Association
Saturday, October 31: 9 – Noon
This is for anyone who has a legal question.

ebay logo
Need inspiration for a gift? Want something that isn't the “usual” gift card or item that will never be used? Seen? Heard of again?  Why not try giving something that is still always the rage? A book!

Have you been to the Blount County Friends of the Library ebay store? There are so many books to choose from! Over 500 and all types! Cookbooks. Collectibles. History. Childrens… Click on the ebay logo above to see what is available!

Have you been to the Library's Cafe? They are currently celebrating banned books... The Cafe is offering cakes in the visual mode of the banned. This looks like the Color Purple cake....

Photo of cake

Come celebrate with them and enjoy the fantastic treats!...

BCFOL Officers:
President: Diane D. Martin
Vice President: Denise Robertson
Treasurer: Betty Jo Fowler
Secretary: Bob Myers

Newsletter Editor: Jane Bennett
Newsletter Designer: Lynn McKean
Members at Large:
Lew Abramson, Larry Ackley, Jane Bennett,
Claudia Erwin, Ginnae Harley, Lisa Misosky,
Mary Moore, Dolores Philpot, Bob Ramger

Social Media Director: Claudia Erwin
Proofreaders: Penny Myers, Diane Martin