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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - August 2017

Librarians are way cool. They bring a myriad of skills, backgrounds, and interests to the job. They possess an important set of qualities such as being organized, flexible, and patient. Though they might not know everything, they can certainly point people in the right direction to find what they need. We will be featuring some of the amazing librarians who make up the Blount County Library Staff in our newsletters/Eletters in the coming months.

Meet Kathleen Christy, Information Services Manager/Reference
By Robert McClelland

Meet Kathleen Christy, one of our wonderful librarians. Formerly a librarian at Maryville College, she has been employed at Blount County Public Library for 13 years and currently serves as its Information Services Manager.

Kathleen Christy

Kathleen has found a wonderful workplace in which she can serve the community. The library offers free public access to computers and the internet in addition to maintaining a large collection of printed material for reference and lending.

Computers and the internet are not the only offerings in a public library. Many offer a diverse program of activities for all ages such as adult coloring book nights, poetry readings, local author interviews, book signings, video game days, free movie viewings, genealogy assistance, a chess club, and more.

As a hub for community learning and activity, the library is an exciting and satisfying place to work. With such a variety, a librarian encounters interesting people from all walks of life, who bring with them an astounding range of interests and needs. There is never a dull moment in Kathleen’s work day!

Being a librarian is a natural fit for Kathleen. During her elementary school years, she was a voracious reader and imagined that reading is what a librarian’s work was. Though reading is not her job description now, she realizes that a love of reading definitely helps in her occupation. Asking a librarian, “Have you read any good books lately?” will likely earn you an earful. Kathleen is no exception and will surely be able to guide you to some good reads.

Kathleen points with pride to the great team of people who work with her. She enjoys working with and mentoring them and appreciates how they like to think outside the box.

Next time you visit the library, why not stop by and say hello and thank to Kathleen and all our hardworking librarians.

Pre-Owned Book Sale September 7-9, Click for more information

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

Book Sales dates have changed for 2017
Next Book Sale is 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.

blue bag with stack of books

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!

September Book Sale Collectibles

By Betsy Smith

Listed below are the 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

**** HELP WANTED ****

Collectibles Section needs help pricing and shelving books that have some value. Old and newer books. All interesting to review and get ready for the Friends Books Sale. Please contact Betsy Smith at if you want to help.

Animals and Plants

101 Amazing Things about Cat Lovers

Bird Songs from Around the World (push button to hear songs)

Conversations with a Barred Owl

Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History

Food Plants of the World

Men and Gardens

Seeing Seeds (amazing photographs with each description)

Art and Music

Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color

Jim Gray: Roads I’ve Traveled

The Pocket Book of Great Drawings

Best Loved Songs of the American People (for example: Pioneers – Minstrels – Parlor Pianist)

Square Dancing (set of 2: Basic; Extended Basic Movements)

The Beatles: Illustrated Lyrics

The World Theatre in Pictures


Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (“greatest cartoonist of the greatest generation”)

Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America

Inventing Wyatt Earp

Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant Americans (reporter in late 1800s; called attention to social issues, particular the life of immigrants)


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

Christmas Horse

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

Little Men


The Puppet Factory

The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children (signed by author Ron Clark)

The Red Eagle: A Tale for Young Aviators (see also Collectibles section on Aviation with more books and framed prints)

Cookbooks/ Crafts

The Diabetes DTOUR Diet (includes 200 recipes)

The Tea Drinker’s Handbook (teapot also available for sale)

The Japanese Way of Tea: From Its Origins in China to Sen Rikyu

How to Build a Wooden Boat

The Antiques Book

Wood: Craft, Culture, History (signed by author Harvey Green)


A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (fantasy)

Down River (signed by author John Hart)

Favorite Poems: Old and New

The Dark Line (sequel to Don Morrison’s Sugar Branch)

The French Admiral (by Dewey Lambdin; set in 1781)

Too Wet to Plow (local author Frank Fuis, Jr.)


Little Bighorn Remembered: The Untold Indian Story of Custer’s Last Stand (like new- great gift)

The Great War: July 1, 1916, The First Day of the Battle of the Somme (24-foot long panorama—a drawing of the day’s activities; includes 16-page description of the battle)

The Story of American Railroads

Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

Triumph of Freedom 1775-1783

War as I Knew It


A Short History of Nearly Everything (author Bill Bryson; a fun read!)

Rural by Design

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Landscape

Who Was That Masked Man? The Story of the Lone Ranger


Crazy Creek (novel by local author)

Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of Southern Appalachians

Ghosts of the Carolinas

Mother of Rain (signed novel)

Natural History Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2008—like new)

Whirlwind: The Butcher Banking Scandal


Christ and His Communities

Desire of the Ages

Jesus Christ: The Jesus of History; The Christ of Faith

Jesus: His Life as Portrayed by the Old Masters

The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible


Folk Medicine

Life in the Soil: A Guide for Naturalist and Gardeners

National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Natural World Close-Up


Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln

Cooking Club

Interpreter’s Bible

Lord of the Rings (3 vol., boxed)


Hunting the Elephant in Africa

Knots and Splices

Roger [William B.] & His Guns: A History of The Man, the Company and their Firearms

Shooter’s Bible: Guide to Rifle Ballistics


to you dear Friends

for another Friends' Sponsored Event: The Knoxville Zoomobile

ZooMobile 1

Your hard won dues and book sale profits paid off in spades on a recent Saturday at the library, or should we say creatures. Using the theme of Fantastic Beasts, a zoo representative enthralled the children of all ages packed into the Sharon Lawson Room.

ZooMobile 2

The live beasts, however, stole the show. First a teeny pygmy African hedgehog appeared in the rep’s gloved hand. He looked all around and settled into a prickly ball.

ZooMobile 3

Then a 12 year old barn owl was lifted out of his carrier. He put on an amazing show of spreading his wings, looking all around, and going back in his carrier after much cajoling.

ZooMobile 4

Finally an Australian Bearded Dragon Lizard was exhibited. This creature was petted by many of children and adults after the lecture. He has a remarkable third eye on the top of his head which was quite extraordinary.

Not many people can actually say they have petted a bearded dragon, much less seen a barn owl in full wing or a teeny hedgehog curled up like a ball. The zoo’s mobile unit did not fail to be fantastic!

ZooMobile 5
ZooMobile 6
ZooMobile 7

Notes from the PREZ and Basement Sale Manager - Denise Robertson
IMPORTANT NEWS: Basement Access

Beginning September 1, gaining access to the basement is changing. Elevator passes will be distributed by Reference instead of the Assistant in the Administration area. The process will remain the same with little change for you other than where you will pick up a pass. The process will be:

  • Wear your red Volunteer badge
  • Ask a Reference employee working at the Desk for an elevator pass
  • Your name will be entered in the log book and a pass issued to you
  • Return the pass to Reference when you are done in the basement
Basement Entrance

We recently requested 10 additional passes so we shouldn’t run out on Tuesday mornings as easily. If more than one of you are going downstairs together and only request one pass, all names will be entered in the log. All of this is to gain better control of who is in the basement. An advantage for us will be that the Reference Desk is staffed all hours the library is open. That will eliminate the problem of some volunteers not knowing where the passes were kept after 5:00, weekends or staff absences. See you in the basement!

BCFOL Officers:
President: Denise Robertson
Vice President: Dick Burgess
Treasurer: Marcy Delozier
Secretary: Robert McClelland

Newsletter Editor: Jane Bennett
Newsletter Designer: Lynn McKean
Members at Large:
Jane Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Ann Fairhurst,
Meg Halter, Lisa Misosky, Mary Moore

Newsletter Feature Writers: Robert McClelland, Carla Leone
Social Media Directors: Sara French, Jasmyne Carter