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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - March 2017

A Library for Everyone

Submitted by Robert McClelland

BCPL from parking lot

When my wife and I decided to move from the West Coast to Maryville, a primary attraction to us was the Blount County Public Library. Its beauty, charm, and ambiance as well as the depth of its collections was evident to us, even from a distance. Once we arrived, we found that there is so much more to the library than what meets the eye. Here are just of a few of the myriad ways in which it serves the community at large and addresses the diverse needs of our residents.

BCPL interior expanse with bay window

There are many resources available to individuals seeking employment or who simply want to improve their professional and marketable skills. For example, they can find help in developing a resume and cover letter, conducting a job search and preparing for an interview.

BCGHS Office and volunteer

The library also helps people with disabilities to access information more easily by providing them with electric carts, print magnifiers, and PCs with special settings, as needed.

From the comfort of home or on one of the numerous computers at the library, patrons are indeed fortunate to use databases in their business, professional and educational research.

BCPL Books on CD stacks

The library also has an online genealogy database and a health and wellness resource center, where people can research material on alternative medicine. It also offers people the opportunity to read critiques or summaries of a book before checking it out.

BCPL Video stacks

I like to read a novel in its traditional, printed form, but others are just as comfortable reading books on digital devices. From the library website they can download digital books to their computers, e-readers, smartphones and iPads.

My wife and I don’t have cable so we love to check out DVD movies and documentaries from the large selection available. Patrons can also borrow music CDs, audiobooks and audio periodicals.

The library serves to bring the community together by regularly hosting lectures and performances. The Southern Appalachian Studies Series is especially popular.

Another draw is the children’s library which has its own array of exciting activities for children and families. These include the LEGO club for students in grades K-5, family storytime, and sensory storytime.

BCPL Childrens Dept. Adult Education Foundation office Bookmark Cafe

By the Blount County Public Library
The following High School Yearbooks are needed for the Library's collection:
Alcoa High School
The Aluminator
1945, 1949-1952, 1954-1958, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997
Everett High School
The Hilltopper
1964, 1965, 1972
Friendsville High School
The Companion
Note: All yearbooks for Friendsville Academy are needed
Greenback High School
The Cherokean
1961-1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2016
Charles Hall High School
The Hall Echo
1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
Heritage High School
2010, 2015, 2016
Lanier High School
Aerie Echoes
Maryville High School
The Appalachian
1930-37, 1950, 1951, 1953-1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980-1988, 1990, 1992-1996, 2016
Porter High school
The Pioneer
1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974
Walland High School
The Arrow
1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1971
William Blount High School
The Governor
1986, 1988, 1997
Maryville College
The Chilhowean
1917, 1929, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

If you have one of these yearbooks and would like to donate it to the library, please contact Max by e-mail at or call him on the cell phone 205-515-2355

Blount County Friends of the Library Pop-up Sale #1

Coinciding with the annual Blount County Library Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 4, book sale Friends put together a plethora of books relating to better spelling and many extra copies of popular books of other kinds as well. The sale took place in the entry rotunda of the library from 10 to 2 on the Saturday of the Spelling Bee and was well received. Many books were sold.

Pop-up Sale tablesFive Pop-up Sale Volunteers

Notes from your BCFOL Board President, Denise Robertson

Do you belong to a charitable organization that holds silent auctions? If so, the Library Board of Trustees has an offer for you! They have made a monetary donation of their personal funds to the Friends to be used exclusively for the purchase of books from our collection to be used as the contents of a basket put up for a silent auction. Bruce Robertson, husband of Denise Robertson, is donating handmade baskets to hopefully help increase the perceived value of the bidders. The basket items and books will be labeled as coming from the Friends as will an acknowledgment of the Trustees donation. All that is requested from you is as much advanced notice as possible and that your organization be a public, charitable and local group. If interested, contact the Library Director’s Administrative Assistant Kathy Harmon at

Handmade Basket with plants and auction items

Jean Flickinger Memorial

By Joan VanSickle Sloan
March 14, 2017

Jean Flickinger portrait
Jean Flickinger

Jean Flickinger passed away on December 16, 2016, having lived a life of grace and service. A gracious and caring person, she didn’t seek the limelight, but she served however was helpful or needed. As a Friends of the Library board member when the current library was built, she helped with fundraisers and projects to assist the completion of the structure. For many, many programs and events, including the grand opening of the library, Jean contributed dozens and dozens of home-baked cookies as well as other food and drink recipes. She is one of the ladies of the community who has served as a mentor, exemplifying kindness, service and love of family, church and community. We miss her and offer condolences to her husband, Dr. Ted Flickinger and their 5 children and several grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be contributed to Blount County Friends of the Library.


2017 January – March

In Memory of Jean Warren Flickinger

Richard Anderson
Janice & Richard Antonowicz
W. Wilson & Sue A Borden
Patrick and Fae Burkhart
Robert R. Campbell
Frank & Mary Cormia
Sue George
Bob & Marie Harris
Jim & Caroline Haynes
Joseph & Ann Huie
Elton & Patsy Jones
Steve & Sue Kiefer
Carol D. Krauss
Willis & Betty Ludwig
Denny Mayes
Ralph & Dorothy Petree
Jane Qualls-McGuire
Betsy & Robert Smith
Alan & Karen Smuckler
East Tennessee Urology Specialist
Earl R. Whaley
Sue Beverley
East Tennessee Foundation   
First Tennessee Bank 
Crysann Kelly
Paul & Crisi Hosea

In Memory of Teresa Ann Dailey Simerly

Robert & Marie Harris

2016 – December

In Memory of Grace VanSickle

Robert & Marie Harris

In Memory of Kiyohiko Shiba

Dr. Crystal Colter

Books for Soldiers Logo

Arvil Frazier Air Force service info poster

Report by Kellie Frazier

Number of Boxes sent: 19
Number of Books sent: 169
Number of CDs/DVDs sent: 1

My husband, Tom and I, volunteer for the Books for Soldiers at the Blount County Public Library for many reasons. We enjoy serving our soldiers by sending books overseas to provide some entertainment during their downtime. We also like spending time honoring my father-in-law (Tom’s father), Arvil Frazier, who served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. It is a small repayment for a man who is our hero. We appreciate our veterans, as well as all current military personnel serving our country!

Kellie with ArvilTom Frazier at Ball Game

Pictured above are Kellie with Arvil, and Tom.

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