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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - May 2016

Amazing Little Known Facts

Barbara Zurl, Director, Ex Libris Program

Circular monkey design

Why is it no surprise that 2016 is, according to the lunar calendar, The Year of the Monkey? It is said that the Monkey’s strengths are enthusiasm, self assuredness, sociability and being innovative. These assets are offset, however, by weaknesses of jealousy, cunning, selfishness and arrogance. In today’s world we are inundated by” monkey business” – from world events to politics, big business and legions of “hackers” trying to do us harm. It can be overwhelming. There truly is no better way to counteract all the negativity than by doing something nice for someone else – particularly someone in need.

Cheer up, fellow Friends – hope is near – Ex Libris Library Extension Program still has room for more community-minded individuals to help us bring the richness of the library to those who are no longer able to visit our wonderful library. Each week a dedicated team of Presenters visit area retirement centers, assisted livings and health facilities delivering hour long programs on a wide variety of topics – from the history of the balloon to how shadow boxes were invented. Stories, poems, jokes, songs, humor as well as show-and-tell all add to the experience.

Our audiences appreciate the personalized presentations and the opportunity to share their life stories and histories with us. Where else can you meet men and women who worked at Oak Ridge back in the 1940’s? How many people who were nurses on horse-back in the wilds of the mountains have you run into? Our Ex Libris Team continues to be awestruck by what we learn as we go about trying to expand the horizons of others.

I hope you are intrigued and want to learn more. If so, please contact me, Barbara Zurl at 865-977-5034 or via e-mail at Alternatively, just stop by the Friends Office and speak with our Volunteer Coordinator. An appointment will be set up and we can arrange for you to see one of our programs (we do 18 a month).

FWI – Did you know that the needles on aluminum Christmas trees were inspired by a World War II technique of aircraft dropping aluminum “chaff” in an effort to block enemy radar? Neither did I. Because of Ex Libris I have now added one more amazing little known fact to my ever growing storehouse of trivia.

Dear Friends,

The library is excited to announce a 10-month-long Foothills Voices writing workshop which has the goal of creating an anthology of true stories by people of East Tennessee, so we are seeking writer applicants.

As always, thank you for your help in letting people know about this project! And, if you’re interested, please apply!

Best Regards,
Joan VanSickle Sloan
Public Relations Manager
Blount County Public Library
508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, TN 37804
Office Phone: (865) 273-1408; Library: (865) 982-0981
Celebrating History, Creating Connections, Inspiring Imagination


Larry Moore. A Very Special Friend

By BCFOL President Diane Martin

Diane Martin and Larry Moore

Larry Moore was named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year during the BCFOL annual volunteer appreciation lunch May 3. Larry has been a long-time member of the Friends and has served as board president and treasurer. Also, Larry extensively volunteers in the book sale areas: managing donation book bins, sorting, obtaining boxes for book sales, and serving on book sale committees. Larry assists with present treasurer activities during the book sale when needed.

He was awarded a membership to the Friends of Tennessee Libraries and a gift certificate to the library’s Bookmark Café. In addition, Larry will be nominated for the Tennessee Friend of the Year in the state Tennessee Friends of the Library organization.


Ways to support the Blount County Friends of the Library while you shop!

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! You continue to receive all your own reward points plus the Friends recieve money too! If you do not have a Kroger Plus Card, you can obtain a digital Kroger Plus Card when creating an account online or at any Kroger store. Link your card at

If you have an existing account, click on “Sign In”, otherwise click on “Register”.

If you are a new online customer: You will need to enter your email address, create a password, enter your zip code, click on favorite store, and agree to the terms and conditions. · Once you are done entering your information you will get a message asking you to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the e-mail that was sent to activate your Kroger account.

Already have a account?

  • Enter your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on “Edit” in the “Community Rewards” section.
  • Enter your organization’s number (62076) or name (Blount County Friends of the Library) and then click on “Search”.
  • Select Blount County Friends of the Library and click on “Save”.
  • To verify that you enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your account settings page.

Once you are linked, you can start earning rewards immediately toward the organization you are supporting.

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  • Visit and sign up or into your Amazon account
  • On the Select your Charity Page type Blount County Friends of the Library into the Pick your own Charity field.
  • Click Select and you are ready to go.
  • Please make sure that you are logged into (not when you are making purchases. Thank you for your support!

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Go to

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  2. Type Blount County Friends of the Library into the Search by name field and select.
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  4. Go shopping, it couldn't be simpler to make a difference

Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

By Meg Halter

No doubt you know about Tennessee R.E.A.D.S., where you can borrow ebooks and audio books. But did you know that Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. also offers magazines and streaming movies? Here are few tidbits you might not know about.

Stack of magazines

Current issues of magazines are now available! They are in PDF format to view on your Nook or on a device running the Nook app. Because magazines are supplied to Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. through a partnership with Barnes & Noble, you'll also need a free Barnes & Noble account.

In “Advanced Search” scroll down to “All Formats” and select “Nook Periodicals.” To view a list of the magazines you have checked out, go to “Periodical History.”

Five children watching theater movie with popcorn

You can view streaming movies on your computer or tablet, or on the Kindle Fire. At present, the selection of movies is strongest in documentaries and children's movies to better support online research. And if you are a fan of The Cisco Kid, or I, Spy TV series, you're in luck. With time, the movie selection will improve.

In advanced search, scroll down to “All Formats” and select “Streaming Video.”

Recommended Item red rubber stamp

What if the book or movie you want isn't listed? Then you might be able to recommend that the item be added to the Blount library collection. In the help page, follow the steps outlined in “Recommend to Library.” Note, however, that there is no guarantee that the library will purchase a publication you recommend.


You may see the Advantage icon on some covers. Copies of these titles are available first to Blount Library patrons. And that means you’ll likely be able to check out the item immediately or at least have a much shorter wait for the title to become available!

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There are several options to help you learn more about Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

  • The reference desk has an excellent brochure on the essentials of accessing Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.
  • For those who use Facebook, go to for current information, reading recommendations, and answers to patron questions.
  • And, of course, there’s a whole cluster of detailed help pages on just about any question. Just click the “?” at the top of the page.

** Thanks to the folks at the reference department for their help. **

Happy Mothers Day!

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
Flyer Graphic Designer: Liz Menendez
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