By Denise Robertson, President
SHARING TO HELP OTHERS
The Blount County Library is a member of the Ocoee River Regional Library System. As such, the Friends have extended an invitation to any public library in our region to come shop our book sale collection at their convenience. It offers small libraries with small budgets a way to stretch their monies and we sell more books! Recently, two library directors accepted our offer. That same day, a long term member of the Friends came and bought some children’s and juvenile books to send to her granddaughter in Louisiana. Her granddaughter’s sorority has taken on a service project to help a flooded elementary school get back on its feet and as a regular book sale attendee, she knew exactly where to come to find some good, used books for the children. There’s also been interest in dictionaries – of which we always have plenty. We didn’t make a lot of money this time, but as word spreads I’m sure we will hear from more libraries. Helping other libraries in this way is what I call a win-win!
Come join us!
Beginning Sept.14th at 9:30am, Lisa Misosky of Southland Books will offer a brief training session in the basement on how to spot books that are worth more than a few dollars. There will also be time for a round table discussion of book sale processes and how they can be improved and other relevant topics. These sessions will continue as long as there is interest.
This is just a reminder that we still want your donated books. Please give your books the "sniff" test before donating them to us because if you can smell it, we can't sell it! If it turns out your books do smell of mold or smoke, there are recycling dumpsters at the back of the Library parking lot where you can dispose of your past treasures. Thanks for thinking of us!
Knoxville Opera 2016-17 Preview at Blount County Library
!Thank you BC Friends of the Library for sponsoring this performance!
Hot Summer Nights Finale
Walking into Blount County Library at any given time may have many different sounds and views of types and ages of people: chairs bumping, computers dinging, delicious coffee smells, lines of people going into various meeting rooms, but a glorious soprano voice singing from the opera La Bohème is in no way the expected sound.
I do not know about you, dear readers, but your editor can sing three notes, A, B, and Middle C and not really that well, but is really appreciative of people who can sing more notes and better. Thursday night, September 1, was one of those delightful times when three people brought to our library community the most beautiful classical music imaginable.
As a preview of the 2016-2017 Knoxville Opera season, Linda Barnett and Peter Johnson sang some of the operatic pieces from the full operas they will be bringing to the Tennessee Theatre during the upcoming season: Pirates of Penzance, October 21 and 23; La Bohème, February 10 and 12; Mary Queen of Scots, April 28 and 30.
On January 14 Blount County Library patrons will hear the mini opera version of La Bohème with full costumes.
Maestro Brian Salesky provided the piano accompaniment, commentaries, announcements, and question and answer session afterward.
Among the Questions asked were—
Do certain types of singers, ie. tenors, sing certain types of roles?
- Yes, tenors tend to sing romantic leads, and usually have beards
- Sopranos tend to be the femme fatales
- Men and women with Voices in the lower ranges tend to be the villains.These roles are not always assigned to those with specific types of voices however.
Are all operas sung in native languages?
- Often, and in opera theatres the language of the country in which the opera is being sung is often posted above the stage. Pirates of Penzance will be performed in English in Knoxville.
You as Friends of the Library, with your dues, diligent work for the library and book sales, and donations are responsible for enriching our library with events such as this.
Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
When: 10:30 – 12:30
Where: Dorothy Herron Room A, Blount County Library
What: Drinks and snacks
Please RSVP to Mary Elmore at 982-0981 by Tues. September 27, so we can prepare properly