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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - November 2017
Volunteer Profile

Blount County Public Library draws Charlie to Maryville

by Staff Writer Mary Rahner

Charlie ButeraWhen most people retire, they think of traveling, visiting friends and family, taking it easy. After retiring in 1980, Charlie Butera did not take it easy. For 24 years, he and his wife, Merle Ann, worked as volunteers and reservists with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. They traveled all over the country working in shelter operations, coordinating with FEMA, helping in areas hit by fire, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. Charlie directed operations at disaster relief sites for the American Red Cross. He left this position in 2004.

Before retiring Charlie worked in Washington, DC for the U.S. Treasury Department as a Special Agent in charge of foreign investigations and liaison in U.S. Customs services. His job involved helping to prevent the smuggling of drugs around the world. As a Special Agent, he was assigned to work with the Secret Service for presidential protection. He also served with the IRS in the Inspector General's office. Before working for the U.S. Treasury Department, Charlie attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

AwardsCharlie and Merle Ann moved to Maryville 15 years ago. They had intended to move to Pensacola, FL, but on a visit to Sweetwater, TN where Merle Ann is from, they changed their minds. During this visit, they took a side trip to Maryville and visited the newly opened library. The library is one of the primary reasons they decided to move to Maryville.

Charlie started volunteering at the Blount County Public Library (BCPL) about 13 years ago. He started his volunteer work with the Friends of the Library at book sales. About 10 years ago, he also began working with the Community Food Connection where he brings books donated by Friends of the Library for clients. Two times a month, Charlie brings books that might help the clients such as books on dietary needs or cookbooks. In addition to providing books at the Community Food Connection, Charlie picks up food from Second Harvest's warehouse and transports the food to the Food Connection for clients. The Community Food Connection provides food for people in need at their facility at 311 Whitecrest Drive. They also take food to home bound senior citizens in a senior apartment near the Greenbelt.

Charlie also participates in Jail Birds for Friends of the Library. Two person teams take books donated by the BCPL to Blount County Correctional Facility's library for inmates every week.

Books about the Civil War, World War II and other war period books are Charlie's favorites. He is a World War II Navy veteran. After college where he participated in ROTC, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He retired after 29 years as a Bird Colonel.

A recent hip replacement and age do not stop Charlie. He will be 90 years old February 11, 2018.

Pre-owned Book Sale December 7-9, Click for more information

Being Special Makes Them Collectible

Shelves with sign Additional Books in the Collectibles Section

Looking for a special book during the quarterly book sale? Then check out the Collectibles section. Collectibles include first editions, out-of-print books, author-signed books, and unique and/or beautiful volumes.

Among the many Collectibles you will find books from all genres, such as:

  • Pictorial History of the United States, 1891
  • Swiss Family Robinson (The), 1935
  • Campcraft, 1960
  • Ten Years Under the Earth (caving)
  • Sport is Life with the Volume Turned Up, (Joan Cronan, former UT Women's Athletic Director)
  • Red Wine; White Wine (set of 2)
  • Maryville-Alcoa Twins, signed by author Bob Gilbert, The Daily Times sportswriter
  • Civil War (The), a foldout wallchart
  • Moments in Space, with Bob Gilbert's Daily Times column
  • Metamorphosis of Plants (The)

A complete listing of the Collectibles can be found on the Friends Facebook page.

Note from the President, Denise Robertson

Foothills Voices Book Launch

On Thursday evening, November 2, an event was held to celebrate and launch the first book published by the Friends of the Library. The Friends sponsored a creative nonfiction writing program for local individuals interested in improving their writing skills while also telling a story about their family. These stories became an anthology entitled Foothills Voices: Echoes of Southern Appalachia.

Twelve authors participated in the program that was guided by Nancy McEntee, a writer and historian recently retired from Maryville College. Librarians Brennan LeQuire and Jennifer Spirko were also actively involved and helped to edit the book. FOL member Araby Greene provided her technical expertise in taking the individual submissions and transforming them into a book that met the publisher’s specifications. Proofreading was done by Meg Halter and Betsy Smith, also members of the Friends. Library staff provided additional help with the cover photograph and research (Brennan LeQuire), program logo (Linda Marcus) and the cover design (Kathleen Christy). Guest speakers and critiques by experienced writers guided the group through the process that took almost a year. This was truly a group effort.

Foothills Voices book stack, front and back covers

At the launch, several of the writers read passages from their stories and commented on their experience in becoming a published author. There were light refreshments and much chatter before about 50 people settled down to listen to the speakers. Afterward, they autographed books that were purchased that night. It was an entertaining and delightful evening. But, the good news doesn’t stop there!

Because the Friends of the Library sponsored this program monetarily, any profit made through the sale of the book comes back to us! The Library Café will be selling the book ($14.95) and there may be other locations in the area that will also. And it is available via Amazon. Don’t hesitate to order via Amazon – we will still receive royalty payments. Copies will also be available for purchase at our quarterly sales and the Library has copies for checkout.

So, whether you purchase a copy for yourself or others, or read the Library’s copy – check out what will be first in a series of books published by YOU!

Denise Robertson, Friends Board President and Basement Book Sale Manager

Veterans Day Exhibit

Because of you we are free.

Books for Soldiers
Coordinator Kellie Frazier
and Colonel Karen Fair,
Books for Soldiers
volunteer, created this
display honoring American
war veterans for the
November Veterans Day

Thank You!

A Thank You to the Library Staff

Reverse direction this time.

We so often thank all you Friends for all your volunteer efforts, but this time, we were royally treated to a sumptuous tea on November 7!!

Many of the library staff contributed totally scrumptious teeny sandwiches, scones, desserts, teas, jellies, cookies, and meats rolled up over tasty cheeses. They wanted to show us how much they appreciated what we contribute and they really ACED it.

Thank you Library Staff from all the Friends of the Library for your wonderful tea, and all the help you give us in our endeavors.

Tea tables collage and Kathleen Christy holding FOL desserts

A Thank You to the Friends

You Friends pay for all the Christmas decorations and the tree ornaments that you see on the Letters from Santa Tree featuring letters written in the 1920’s.

For information on which musical groups will be performing at the library during December go to the library website.

Newspaper headline Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Job Title: Newsletter Designer
Job Description: Assist and backup the BCFOL newsletter designer in the preparation of monthly electronic newsletters, emails, and hardcopy quarterly newsletters
Job skills required: A willingness to learn desktop publishing and design
Helpful job skills but not required: Experience with MailChimp, Publisher, Word and graphics applications
Compensation: The satisfaction of a job well done

Reply to: Dolores Philpot, Volunteer Coordinator.


Put This on Your Calendar!

Southern Appalachian Studies Series: Stories From a Mountain Kid

Presented by Roxanna Jones, Director of Connectional Ministeries, Fairview United Methodist Church

November 27 at 7 PM Sharon Lawson Room, Blount County Library

Everybody has a story and in Southern Appalachia storytelling has been honed to a fine art. Roxanna Jones has many great stories to tell. She grew up in the mountains and is telling real stories of people who are friends and family who helped form her into the adult she now is.

Roxanna says: "Painting a picture with words the teller transports the listener through time and space. It’s hypnotic, it’s magical, and you find yourself laughing, crying, and settling into a blanket woven with strands from your own life! Mountain stories are particularly powerful. Mountain people are a study in paradox. Here, fierce mountain pride is wedded to the ‘undowered’ bride of poverty. Here the chill of December’s winds are tempered by the warmth of the heart, a heart flamed by the hot coals of memory and made glad by the stories that come from the experience of mountain living."

Get a jump start on the holiday season by listening to these personal stories about mountain living by one of the most consummate story tellers in the region.

BCFOL Officers:
Board President,
Booksale Director:
Denise Robertson
Vice President: Dick Burgess
Treasurer: Marcy DeLozier
Secretary: Robert McClelland

BCFOL Directors at Large:
Jane Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Ann Fairhurst, Meg Halter, Lisa Misosky, Mary Moore
E-Letter, Newsletter Editor:
Jane Bennett

E-Letter, Newsletter Designer:
Linda Ayres

Website, Book Sale Flyer Designer:
Araby Greene