Between Friends - Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - January 2017

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - January 2017

A Service to Jail Inmates

By Robert McClelland, Between Friends Staff Writer

Regularly maintained at present by a team of about 10 BCFOL volunteers, the library at the Blount County Adult Detention Facility provides inmates with a selection of softcover books for recreational reading, serves as a source of useful information, and furnishes them with a productive way to spend their time. Containing only several hundred volumes, this collection currently is more likely to appeal to female than male inmates. Among the available choices are self-help and religious books, mysteries and thrillers, westerns, science fiction, young adult literature, memoirs, history, and romance novels.

Correctional officers take the book carts around to the inmates who are able to check out one book per week. Because these books are in constant circulation they get a lot of wear and tear and need to be discarded or replaced on a regular basis.

Our volunteers fill a critical need at the jail library. Friends of the Library who accept this mission commit to visiting and maintaining the jail library with a partner volunteer once a month. Each visit typically lasts between one and two hours, depending on how much needs to be done. Duties include bringing donated softcover books from the FOL stock, discarding books that have become too worn or dirty, and re-stocking the book carts.

If you are interested in being part of this endeavor, contact Dolores Philpot at 983-2517 or for more information. Note that you will also need to complete a separate application for the jail, which is required of anyone volunteering in that facility.

Even Friends who are not directly involved in maintaining the jail library can help out in an important way. There is a particular need for books in Spanish at the detention center. Friends who have one or more Spanish books to donate should contact Dolores directly. It is important to note that regulations require that the books be paperback only as inmates are not allowed access to hardcover books, magazines, or newspapers while incarcerated.

Book Sale Flyer January 2017

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

**Breaking News**

Book Sales Dates are Changing for 2017:
January 19-21
March 9-11
June 8-10
September 7-9
December 7-9

In 2018, the dates will be in March, June, September, and December.

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. ► More Info

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!

Some of the 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

Animals and Plants

A – Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

Tennessee Gardeners Guide

Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds

Field Guide to Dinosaurs

Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

Alaska’s Magnificent Parklands

The Sea Around Us

Americas Hidden Treasures

Art and Music

Norman Rockwell Chronicles

Downton Abbey

Rolling Stones

Andrew Wyeth

Home to Jericho

Great Tapestries

Mosaic Book

Frederick Remington


The Wright Brothers

The Pinkertons

Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman

American Legend – Davy Crockett

Julie Warren Martin

Ronald Reagan

Andrew Jackson

Daniel Webster


Lassie Come Home

Lucinda a Little Girl of 1860


The Little Prince

Doctor Doolittle


Marcella Stories

Peter Rabbit

Cookbooks / Crafts

Southern Recipes and Legends

Lebanese Cooking

Thomas Jefferson’s Cookbook

Blueberry Hill Cookbook



Blood Meridian (Cormack McCarthy)

Saki - Works

Complete Sherlock Holmes


All’s Quiet on the Western Front

Louis L’Amour  -  Stories

Song of Solomon - Morrison


East Asia

History of the Chinese Reform Movement (5 vols)

Growing Up in the 1880’s

Witness to Gettysberg  (CD Set)

The Historian’s History of the World (1909)

Timetable of History

Little Visits with Great Americans

Non Fiction


Philosophies of India

Visual Dictionary of Flight

The Southeastern Indians

Native Americans

Military Transport of World War II

Titanic – the Official Story

Heritage of Healing

Jane Austen in Bath

Complete Guide to Aircraft (3 vol)

Crossing Africa


Foxfire Books

Foxfire Magazine

Tennessee Short History

Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands


Gracie and the Mountain

Melancholy Mountain Memories

Jane Hicks Gentry

Tusculum College


Smokys’ Snapshots

Back Home in Blount County

Sparks – Municipal Distribution of TVA


Analytical Greek New Testament

Dramatic Moments in the Life of Jesus

Martin Luther

Handful of Purpose for Christian Workers ( 4 vols)

Theology as a Science

The Rise of Evangelicalism

Life is Worth Living (Sheen)



The World of Mathematics

Gray’s Anatomy

Einstein’s Universe

Schaum’s Outline Series Finite Element Analysis


Yale Shakespeare Set (40 vols)

How Things Works ( 4 vols)

Classics of Conservatism (6 vol)

Winston – World War II  (4 vols)

Harlequin Premier Editions  (24 vol)

Scott Fitzgerald Novels  (4 vols)

Nobel Prize Library  (26 vols)



Raise the Roof  (Summitt)

Reach for the Summitt

Sum It Up (Summitt)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 14,  11 a.m., “La Bohème Opera (by Puccini),” will be a free, shortened version by artists from the Knoxville Opera Company under the direction of Maestro Brian Salesky. Themes in this opera were modernized by the 1996 Broadway musical, Rent. The themes include the joy of falling in love, the Bohemian lifestyle, challenges of sustaining a loving relationship and dealing with the illness and death of a loved one. The performance will be at the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery of the library and will feature a simplified set, piano accompaniment and performances by three of the main characters (Mimi, Rodolfo and Musetta).

Monday,  January 16, “The Library will be Closed,” for Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Monday, January 23, 4-7 p.m., “Winter Wonderland Snowman Decorating Contest:  Entries Due at Blount County Public Library.” Use your creativity and win a cash prize by making a decorated snowman from materials of your choice (cotton, paper, wood, fabric, etc.). No liquid, perishable or flammable items may be used, and no candles, electrical devices or vulgarity of any kind are permitted. Entry size should be no larger than 14x18x24 inches. Each entry must have a title, and the entry form must be filled out completely. Cash prizes, three in each age category (10 years and under, 11 to 16 years and 17 years and up) will be awarded with $50 for first place; $25 for second place; $10 for third place. Contest prizes are offered by the Blount County Friends of the Library.The public will vote for the winners. Winners will be announced Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. Contestants need not be present to win. Entry forms are available at the Blount County Public Library Reference Desk or on the library website: Snowmen will be exhibited in the Main Gallery of the library from Monday, January 23 through Saturday, February 4.

Tuesday, January 31,  7 p.m., “Southern Appalachian Studies Series: Cherokee People in Southern Appalachia Before Removal.” In her presentation, Dr. Julie Reed will examine what Cherokee life was like at the point of first European contact. She will discuss where and how Cherokee people lived, survived, and adapted to changing conditions, including the arrival of European settlers. She will also briefly touch on how Cherokee people shaped and continue to shape the Appalachia we live in today. Julie L. Reed is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, author of “Serving the Nation: Cherokee Sovereignty and Social Welfare, 1800-1907,” and an assistant professor of history at the University of Tennessee. This event will be in the Main Gallery of the library.

Notes from your BCFOL Board President, Denise Robertson

The holiday season is over and a new year has begun! I relish the idea of a “do over” or a fresh beginning and always assume the new year will be better than the old. Make 2017 a better year for the Friends by volunteering, signing up for rewards via Amazon or Kroger with BCFOL as your designated charity, making a monetary donation or attending the events we sponsor at the Library. We are a vibrant, successful group that can always use more input and participation from its members. Put the Friends at the top of your things to do in 2017!

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

Newsletter Editor: Jane Bennett
Newsletter Designer: Lynn McKean
Members at Large:
Jane Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Marcy Delozier,
Claudia Erwin, Lisa Misosky, Mary Moore, Dolores Philpot

Newsletter Feature Writers: Robert McClelland, Carla Leone
Social Media Directors: Claudia Erwin, Sara French
Social Media Consultant: Bob Myers