Friends Sponsored Activities of the Month
Just in case some of you feel really tired of shelving all those books, paying dues, making donations, we want you to know just how important your efforts are to the library community.
Mini-Con Launches Summer Reading at the Library
In an era of loud moaning about a lack of literacy, interest in literacy, ability to be literate, the Mini-Con event Saturday, May 28, beginning sharply at 9 a.m., proved that many, many, many people of all ages READ, and they came to sign up for their age group to read reams of written literature. At the end of the summer prizes provided by Friends are awarded to three categories: Children, Youth, Adult.
This event was sponsored by the Friends, meaning lunch provided, some costume prizes, table rentals, stipend for Keith Brooks, guest speaker, for his gas and motel bill, and volunteers for the Friends membership and book sale tables. Many library staff members also were on hand, many dressed in amazing costumes as well.
According to Becca Baker, BC Library Youth Services Director, 18 vendors came to pitch their wares, including comic books, pictures of movie superheroes, costume pieces, jewelry, and action figures. When asked about her opinion that literacy is dead in the world, she said that people have been complaining about future generations since early Greece, and that " ‘Nerdlike People’ consume media and information and this is all part of literacy as well.”
Children’s librarian Chelsea Tarwater researched other comic book events in the area and found many of the vendors, who were required to furnish prizes for some of the costume contests. World-renowned artist, Maryville’s own Matthew Atchley, was another invitee.
There was also a sign up table for youth to come for the Nerd Group, a summer library camp for 7th through 12th graders where they will learn basics for computer coding, devising simple computer games, and website and mobile aps development. Garrett Smith and Kaleb Davenport will be camp leaders. They can be reached at Kaleb@wowyourclient or bit.do/nerdgroup.
Uncle Sam Needs You.
By Kellie Frazier
We have a new donation box for Books for Soldiers in honor of the former amazing facilitator, Vivian Selecman. If you feel like volunteering in this amazing literacy drive for our soldiers or donating money for postage, please contact Kellie Frazier at monkie24.charter.net
We are pleased to announce that Denise Robertson, who has served as membership chairperson for the Friends for several years, has been awarded a certificate of appreciation and monetary gift from the Friends of Tennessee Libraries for her contributions to the Blount County Friends of the Library. This accolade will be published in the summer issue of the FOTL newsletter.
Congratulations to Denise as she is a deserving, most gracious Friends board member as well as an adept library research volunteer who shares her former professional librarian skills with library patrons as they search for information.