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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - October 2016

Booksale flyer

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

Click here to view the October 2016 Collectible Books 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!

Book Jacket

Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening

Book review by Dick Wall

On Monday evening, September 19, a most amazing duo totally delighted over 50 attendees at the review of a memoir by Carol Wall: Mr Owita’s Guide to Gardening. Dick Wall, widower of Carol Wall, and his son Phil talked lovingly about Carol and her sojourn from the terror of living with cancer and worrying about its recurrence to learning from her Kenyan-born gardener how to graciously accept the good and beautiful that is in all life.

Phil WallDick and Carol’s son Phil is a videographer and film maker who goes all over the world making documentaries. He showed some excerpts of the documentary he is making of her life and shared that he has recently returned from Rio De Janeiro where he is making a documentary about a water company which bottles its water in bottles made of cane sugar.

Dick WallDick Wall gave the Friends $10 of each hard copy of the book sold and $5 of each paperback. Many people lined up after the talk to buy the books. They can also be bought on Amazon in paperback, hardback, and Kindle versions. The love this duo shares for Carol Wall was so vibrant that the listeners will not soon forget about Carol Wall and her wise gardener and reading that book is a great follow-up.

Dick goes all over the country reviewing it, and it has been named one of the top ten books of 2014 by USA TODAY and one of the best books of 2014 by AARP. He is quoted in the promo as saying that “It’s not hard to talk about her.... I like to talk about her. I have to talk about her.”

For more about this loving family, check out their website:
Facebook: owita

Come join us! Learn to evaluate books and help plan book sales:
Beginning Tuesday October 4 at 10:15 there will be a book evaluation and general book sale discussion led by Lisa Misosky in the library basement. This is a change of day and time: formerly Wednesdays at 9:30. All are welcome. This will be ongoing on Tuesdays until further notice.

Books for Soldiers
Uncle Sam Wants You!

  • Wanted more VOLUNTEERS who wish to serve our country by joining the BOOKS FOR SOLDIERS program!
  • Time Involved is approximately 2 hours twice a month to research, select and box a shipment for the service member you have selected. If you need a more fluid time frame, we always need alternatives who will agree to serve once a month.
  • Soldiers are requesting books such as Stephen King and various SciFi books and other such books to help pass the time as they serve us overseas and at home.
  • Training is available upon contacting Kellie Frazier at

Editor Goof:

Please take note: in September’s Eletter your editor wrote in the article about the Friends eBay sellers that they used an ispn number. This is incorrect. They use an ISBN number.

The correct letters in front of book identification numbers are ISBN. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number and is, according to ISBN International, a unique international identifier for a monographic publication. It has replaced the handling of long bibliographic descriptive records thereby saving time and avoiding copying mistakes.

Help Wanted Sign

Public Relations need: a graphic designer who can design an 8 ½ x 11 book sale flyer each quarter. This entails finding a suitable graphic, free one, like autumn one for October, winter one for January, spring one for April and summer one for July and putting in sale dates etc. All information is provided by the book sale committee.

Please respond to with subject line: graphic designer

The flyer needs to be designed the last week of the month before each book sale. Once the design is sent to the PR person no other work is required.

A Presentation by Friends

Friends President Denise Robertson and her Husband Bruce will present Appalachian Basketry as part of the Southern Appalachian Studies Program

Monday October 24 at 7 P.M. in the Sharon Lawson Room

You have never seen baskets any more beautiful than the ones these two make. Do not miss this chance to hear about basketry in the Appalachians.

BCFOL Officers:
President: Denise Robertson
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Betty Jo Fowler
Secretary: Bob Myers

Newsletter Editor: Jane Bennett
Feature Writer: Carla Leone
Newsletter Designer: Lynn McKean
Members at Large:
Jane Bennett, Dick Burgess, Marcy Delozier, Claudia Erwin,
Kellie Frazier, Lisa Misosky, Mary Moore, Dolores Philpot

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