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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - November 2015

Genealogy Studies Alive and Well at Blount County Library

By Dolores Philpot

The three pictured in the photo, volunteers Larry Mince (1st VP), April Wegner (2nd VP and Journal Editor), and Karen Kidd (Recording Secretary),

Genealogy Society members

are preparing the semi-annual Blount Journal for mailing to 220 members of the genealogy group headquartered at our library. More properly known as the Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society (BCGHS), this non-profit organization formed in 1985 is a great resource for the community. The society’s website ( provides a forum and resources for people interested in family lineage and the history of Blount County. The group also helps our library to collect, maintain, and improve access to this material. One can find a genealogy expert most Thursdays in the office across from the Friends office.

Genealogy material is present at the library in many forms. Among them are books, journals, and folders holding newspaper clippings, such as Family Files, Local History Vertical Files, and Parham Files (Blount County). Will E. Parham was a well-known local professional genealogist in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. His full compilations are at the University of Tennessee Hodges Library.

WilParnham and wife, circa 1881

There is a need for willing Friends to work on clipping newspaper articles from Parham and other collections. Then the plan is to prepare clippings for better accessibility and correlation with the card catalog index. If interested in this opportunity, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Larry Ackley at or 233-3467.

If you are attracted to genealogy and local history, meetings are quarterly. The next meeting is November 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, in the Sharon Lawson Room. In association with Mary Blount chapter of the DAR, Nancy Fessenden McEntee, PhD, will talk about her book: Molsey Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee: From North Carolina to the frontier of Tennessee, her legacy continues. Book signing is 6:30 to 7 PM with the book available for purchase along with all books of the BCGHS; the program itself is 7:00 - 8:00 PM, with book signing available afterwards as well.

Library Event Highlights

Affordable Care Insurance Plans and Choices: Laura Self, THCC Coordinator 10 a.m. Saturday, November 14 Sharon Lawson Room

Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment (one-on-one assistance by certified counselors)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 14 Computer Lab

Medicare Plan Choices for 2016: Jeremy Long and Joani Shaver
11 A.m. Wednesday November 18

Exhibits: November 1-30
Main Gallery Area at Reading Rotunda end of Gallery
Artistic Connections Art Exhibit by members of Fine Arts Blount
Coordinated by Cindy McDannel

Bookmark Café Art Wall, 2 gallery cases, 2 Easel spaces in Main Gallery Sitting Area
Blount County Arts and Crafts Guild Member Art coordinated by Linda Waterhouse

Computer Classes:must register: either call 273-1436 or go to registration desk
Rookies 2-3:30 Wednesdays
Intro to Facebook Nov. 18
Intro To PC Dec. 2
Intro to Internet Dec. 9

Beyond Basics 2-3:30 Thursdays
Email Beyond the Basics Nov. 12
Facebook Beyond the Basics Nov. 19
Shop Safely Dec. 3

Blount County Genealogical & Historical Society
Quarterly Meeting: November 17: 6:30-8:00 p.m.,Sharon Lawson Room
In association with the Mary Blount Chapter of the DAR, Nancy Fessenden McEntee, PhD, will talk about her book: Molsey Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee: From North Carolina to the frontier of Tennessee, her legacy continues.Book Signing: 6:30-7
Books available for purchase as are all books of the BCGHS

musical notes

Music and Memories
A Sue Hanye ExLibris Experience
Related by Barbara Zurl

Recently, my husband and I attended our fiftieth high school reunion. It was a magical night of catching up, remembrances and music – in fact, the event organizer compiled a CD of the tunes our Class of 1965 danced and romanced to.

Music is a shared experience – it brings us back to our school days, our homes, holidays and occasions. Though we might not remember exactly what salads were served at the Fourth of July picnic in 1965, we surely do know that we were listening to the Beach Boys singing Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Ber-Ann.

This past summer, Sue Hanye, one of our Ex Libris Team, made extensive use of music. She had read that “research and experience show music can have positive effects on people with memory issues, often serving as a trigger helping them to reconnect with their past.” Taking that information to heart Sue decided to incorporate it into her program “Fireflies in the Smokies. “ Of course, the natural song to choose was the Mills Brothers’ classic Glowworm. The results were amazing –She said

“Barbara, you should have seen them – they all were smiling, singing along,
clapping their hands, and tapping their toes. When we were done it was evident
they wanted more – so I suggested She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – figuring most folks would remember that one – and sure enough – even though I knew only three verses, they just kept going …through all eight, right on down to killin’ the old red rooster and making chicken and dumplins.”


With that success in mind her next program - “All About the Moon” - seemed perfect for incorporating a few songs from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. She played the old standard Blue Moon by Dean Martin. Some residents commented that the song was “draggy” and too slow, so she gave them a ‘60’s version by the Marcels. It was a hit! Moving on to humor she had them chuckling at some jokes – the favorite being:

Q: Why did the cow jump over the moon?
A: Because the farmer had cold hands.

After telling the history of Moon Pies (you did know that they were first made in Chattanooga, TN, right?) the group ate some as she continued talking about moon facts, moon myths and moon landings. She had planned on ending her program with another moon song – and realizing that this group liked peppy songs, she chose Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival. Though the folks didn’t know the words, they clapped and tapped in time and one resident commented “this is dancin’ music,” stood up and asked her to dance with her. Another hit!

The best part of the day according to Sue, was when she was packing up to leave, she heard one lady to say to another “Boy – we really had us a hoe-down.“ That is the power of music.

(Sue Hanye has been part of ExLibris since February of 2014).

musical notes

Blount County Library Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Sponsored by Blount County Friends of the Library

Categories included ages 10 and under, 11-16, and 17+. There were rows and rows of pumpkins!!!! One winner, Hannah Spirko, shared her very positive experience creating her 1st Prize in the 11-16 age group. She saw the pumpkins at the Farmers Market and she felt they looked sooo much like little game pieces, PacMen so she bought them and primed and painted them to be the winning group they are.

Photo of Hannah Spirko's pumpkin

Other first place winners include Susan Jordan in the 17+ age group,“Old Librarian,”

Photo of Susan Jordan's pumpkin

and Zoie Anderson in the 10 years and under age group, “Caramel Apple”

Photo of Zoie Anderson's pumpkin.

Thanks to all you Friends for your hard work which earns the money to pay the prizes and give all these entrants the opportunity to create so many cool pumpkins.

green pumpkin frog wearing crown group of pumpkins Cat in the Hat pumpkin group of pumpkins three pumpkins five pumpkins

This buzzy bee/librarian (Linda Fuller) buzzed/orchestrated a truly creative pumpkin decorating contest.....

Linda Fuller and another library staff member in costume

stack of books drawing

Identifying Collectible Books
Tues Nov 17 10:00 AM
Library Lower Level

Many of our donated books are worth a significant amount of money. With thousands of books moving through our system it is difficult to recognize and price these special books accordingly. Therefore Lisa Misosky, Southland Books and BCFOL Fund Raising Chair, has offered to provide a few simple tips on how to identify these books.

I would recommend that both sorter and section volunteers attend this training if possible.

The session will occur on Tues Nov 17 at 10AM in the lower level of the library and should last for an hour or less. We will meet by the book sale check out area.

Please email me if you plan to attend. Thanks!


We need some help with the Lego Robotics in the children's library in the month of November. Contact Becca Baker for details.

If any men are interested in being alternates for taking books downstairs from the book donation bins should contact Larry Ackley.

There is a Graphics need for quarterly flyers.

Also an office person to do light work about every three months.

Also there will be a list of new opportunities for current as well as ones later on next year for volunteers.

*** Please note ***

The Library will
Wednesday, Nov 11th in
Observance of

Veterans Day
along with
Thurday, Nov 26th and
Friday, Nov 27th in Honor
of Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving

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

Social Media Directors: Claudia Erwin, Sara French
Social Media Consultant: Bob Myers
Proofreader: Diane Martin