Between Friends - Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - April 2016

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - April 2016
Book Sale flyer April 2016 - preview image

If you are not a member, you can join during the Book Sale.

First ever Special Evening Just Between BCFOL Friends
Watch for next week invitation for Tuesday April 19 from 6 to 8 pm
Some EBAY Special Collections will be on exhibit with tremendous discounts
Southland Café and Bookstore is providing Fresh Noshes

Click here to view the April 2016 Collectible 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!

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!

Farewell to Vivian Selecman
By Jane Bennett

Indianola, Iowa is being enriched in April when Vivian Selecman moves there to be closer to her family.

This amazing Friends volunteer has served in many capacities for the library, including doing the price stickers for the book sales, creating flyers for the library, Friends events and book sales, setting up and facilitating the Books for Soldiers program, moderating the Library Wednesday Morning Book Club, shelving special sections of the book sale basement collections, and generally encouraging and befriending people at the library. Time does not permit elucidating her entire community participation but it can be said that there are many vacancies in many volunteer programs all over Maryville now.

Vivian is going to missed soooo much and all of the Friends wish her a continued enriched life helping others in many organizations in Iowa.

Kellie Frasier has volunteered to take over Books for Soldiers. You can reach Kellie at

Dick Burgess and Marcy Delozier

Please welcome our newest Team, Marcy Delozier and Dick Burgess.

They are training to take over the Friends Membership Committee. Here they are in their own words:

Marcy Delozier

I am Pennsylvania born and raised but moved to Atlanta 20 years ago where I met my husband, Art, who is from right here in Maryville. I worked for various healthcare organizations over the years in medical administration. We both retired in 2010 and decided to make Blount County our new home.

I have two daughters in Pennsylvania and seven grandkids, several of whom are married, or in college, and two are Marines. My husband has three children and one grandson who is five. My 89 year old mother recently sold her farm in Picture Rocks, PA and has downsized into independent living quarters.

I travel to Pennsylvania four times a year to spend time with family and make sure I am not forgotten! We also have two senior kitties, Patience and Buddy, who make their very comfortable home with us. I cannot imagine life without them!

My life is now filled with volunteering opportunities. I have been delivering Meals on Wheels for about five years now. I am very active in our church and sing in the choir and volunteer in the library. I am somewhat handy with a needle and a piece of thread so I keep our choir robes in good repair.

I am so excited to be involved with the Friends of the Library and I love working in Membership already. It affords me great satisfaction to be the very detailed person that I am! I can do most of my work from home but I always love to come to the library for meetings. I have met so many nice folks and there is no better way to enrich your life. Dick Burgess and I are combining our individual strengths to make our best attempt at keeping the Friends Membership lists in good order. We welcome any suggestions in helping us to grow our Friends of the Library.

Dick Burgess

My wife and I moved here to Maryville in 1991 from the Houston area where I grew up and graduated from the University of Houston. We both still have a lot of family in that area, including Diana’s mother, sister, brothers, three of our five children, and eight of our nine grandchildren. Two of my kids live here, Adam and wife Elizabeth (Lisa Tipton’s daughter) have my other grandchild, Addison. My youngest daughter, Emily, is just finishing high school and staying very busy as an accomplished potter.

I recently retired from retail pharmacy, and have been pleased to find that my clerical skills can be put to use at the library. This is a pleasant and rewarding place to spend some of my newfound time. The Membership Committee is a niche I feel at home in, and it is very much a group effort. Denise Robertson, the present Membership Chairperson, is a great mentor and encourages Marcy Delozier and me to look on this service with fresh eyes and make it the best we can. I’m looking forward to meeting all the volunteers that are gracious to give their effort and time to the library.

The rest of my time, it seems, is taken up in home repair and projects requested by friends and family. I am an avid wood-worker (not skilled, just avid) and find no end of things to keep me occupied. Then, of course, we drive back to Texas periodically.

Upcoming Events

Scottish Genealogy on Both Sides of the Pond workshop to be at BCPL

Dear Friends,

The Blount County Public Library is excited to be able to offer this “Scottish Genealogy on Both Sides of the Pond” workshop to those interested in tracing their Scots ancestors. Graeme Mackenzie, of Scotland, will discuss issues related to research in the Highlands of Scotland; Ann Blomquist will give a beginning genealogy overview, and Tom Gilliland will share some of the challenges and discoveries he made while researching his Scots roots in Ireland and Scotland.

This workshop will be on Friday, May 20, the day before the commencement of the Highland Games at Maryville College, so we invite you to enjoy this event as a prelude to the Games.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in this exciting workshop, and, as always, we appreciate you!

Best Regards,
Joan VanSickle Sloan
Public Relations Manager
Blount County Public Library


Scottish Genealogy Workshop to be at Blount County Public Library

MARYVILLE, TN (March 10, 2016) Many people in East Tennessee have roots that extend across the Atlantic to Scotland, but finding information about those Scottish links may seem difficult or impossible. If you know, or even suspect, that you have ancestors from Scotland, then you’re in luck with gaining some assistance in that search for family.

A genealogy workshop, “Scottish Genealogy on Both Sides of the Pond,” will be offered at the Blount County Public Library on Friday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The workshop is sponsored by the library and the Blount County Friends of the Library.

Registration Information: Cost for the workshop is $25, with an option of a boxed lunch for an additional $10. Make checks payable to the Blount County Friends of the Library (BCFOL). The registration form is available on the library website at or at the Reference Desk or at this registration form link. The registration deadline is Thursday, May 5, and money and registration must be at the library by that date. Enrollment is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop Topics: Ann Blomquist, Graeme Mackenzie, and Rev. Tom Gilliland, will present a workshop on Scottish genealogy for beginners and active family historians. Each has researched and written about genealogy.

Workshop topics will include:

  • “Beginning Genealogy” by Ann Blomquist. Participants in this beginning genealogy session will learn how to organize their family information, how to manage their records, what genealogy software will do, learn how to search free online sites, and hear about DNA.
  • “Tracing Your Emigrant Ancestor’s Forebears: Genealogical Research in Scotland” by Graeme Mackenzie, Scottish genealogist. Mackenzie will look at the sources for researching ancestors in Scotland, both online and in person when visiting Scotland. Guidance on how to use them will be illustrated with examples from Graeme’s own family, and research he has done for clients over the last 25 years.
  • “They Went Thataway: Migration Routes of Our Ancestors” by Ann Blomquist. This presentation covers the reasons our ancestors migrated, how they traveled, and the trails and routes they took as they “removed” to new lands. Participants will see a variety of migration maps available in print and online and will receive a handout of sources.
  • “Clans, Septs and Surnames in the Highlands of Scotland: Genealogical Research Issues in the Gaidhealtachd” by Graeme Mackenzie, will address issues relating to genealogical research in the Highlands of Scotland, where membership of clans and septs, and the use until the late 19th century of the Gaelic language, creates particular problems around the use of names. Particular attention will be given to identifying the various English names that came from certain Gaelic given names, and the slippery nature of the surname in the Highlands, following its late adoption in that part of Scotland, and the influence membership of a clan or sept can have on the surname(s) used by individuals.
  • “You Can’t Get There from Here: Finding Your Scots Roots” by Tom Gilliland. Using the search for his Scots-Irish ancestors as an example, Gilliland will focus on ways of discovering family roots in Ireland and Scotland. Genealogy can be challenging even within the bounds of one nation. Scots-Irish Americans by definition have to navigate the records of three nations. The destruction of many Irish records adds to the complexity of the search. This case study will attempt to provide suggestions and resources for making the connections between the United States, Ireland and Scotland. In addition to locating resources the presentation will offer guidance on the use of “educated guesses” to focus research on family history.

Workshop Presenters:

Ann Blomquist is the author of 13 genealogy books including family genealogies, transcriptions of court records and vestry books, and store account books. She teaches genealogy sessions on a variety of topics. As the administrator of the First Families of Tennessee project for the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, she handles the applications about early ancestors here before statehood. All of these early settlers came to east Tennessee along primitive migration routes.

Graeme M. Mackenzie is Chairman of the Association of Highland Clans & Societies (of Scotland) and Seanachaidh (historian & genealogist) for Clans MacKenzie and MacMillan. He’s a trained historian, with a Masters Degree from the University of Cambridge, and has been a professional genealogist, specializing in the Highland clans and families of Scotland, for the last 25 years. He is a member of the Scottish Ancestral Tourism Group [SATG] and the Scottish Clans and Families Forum [SCFF], bodies convened by the Scottish government to help the descendants of emigrant Scots find out about their ancestors and to visit Scotland.

Graeme has travelled extensively during the last decade in the USA and Canada, speaking to clan societies, appearing at Highland Games, and lecturing to Scottish interest groups, local history societies and genealogical bodies. In 2014 he spent a month touring and speaking to similar bodies in New Zealand and Australia.

Having written extensively in the past about particular clans, Graeme has published in the last few years more general works, such as “Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd: Clan and Family History in the Highlands of Scotland” (Inverness, 2013) and “Highland Clan and Family Histories: A Guide to Published Histories, Genealogies, Family Trees, and some MS Sources” (Inverness, 2015). Both of these publications provide practical help and useful information for people researching ancestors that came from the Highlands of Scotland – the sort of information Graeme will be providing during his presentations at the Blount County Public Library.

Rev. Thomas Gilliland was raised in Western Pennsylvania and has served congregations in that area as well as in New Zealand. He retired from Clover Hill Presbyterian Church in 2013. He has been researching his family history for most of his life. He is married to Kathleen Christy, Information Services Manager at the Blount County Public Library, and they have three children. Gilliland studied Gaelic in Nova Scotia and did family genealogy research in Londonderry and Belfast. Author of United Presbyterian church history, “Truth in Love.”

This workshop is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library and the Blount County Friends of the Library. The library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, where services are an example of your tax dollars at work for you.

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