JILLIAN RAEL, library director
There is so much happening at the Library these days! With the conclusion of Summer Reading, we have returned to our regular schedule of events, including story hours at 10 & 2 on Wednesdays and Saturday children’s events.
July 13th was Hello Kitty Day, and we had an incredible turnout and numerous entries into our coloring contest. July 30th is the next FoL Speaker in our annual lineup, and we welcome Dr. Tom Sever in to talk to us about the incredible technological advances used in archaeology, particularly the implementation of NASA satellites for GIS and remote sensing techniques.
Dr. Sever served as NASA’s only archaeologist for many years and has conducted fieldwork all over the globe. Most recently his research has taken him to Peru. He is currently a professor in the Earth Systems Science sector of the Atmospheric Science Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Knowing Tom, I can tell you that this will be a most interesting and engaging discussion, and you don’t want to miss it!
Coming up in August we will have Elvis Day, in correspondence with Elvis Week taking place in Memphis, on the 17th. As a crazy Elvis fan, Miss Sue is putting together quite the extravaganza for fans of all ages with trivia, giveaways, contests, stories and more.
The 17th also marks the Dog Days Field Party hosted by the Friends of the Library at Cotton Mill Preserve on the Shelbyville Highway. Money raised at this event will be donated directly to the library to help us further provide services to the community. There will be live music and fun for all ages, and all are welcome to bring a picnic or choose amongst the various vendors on site.
On Aug. 24 the Library will unveil our new exhibit, Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812 on loan from the Tennessee State Museum. This exhibit coincides with our Camp Blount celebrations in September, and we are so excited to have been chosen as a host site.
On Aug. 27 the FoL Speaker Series will wrap up with a panel discussion on Camp Blount and the War of 1812 in general. Featuring Dr. Farris Beasley of Fayetteville, Myers Brown of the State Museum, and Fred Prouty of the Tennessee Wars Commission, this promises to be a bang-up conclusion to a fantastic speaker lineup.
There are many more events to come in September and a very special day for Star Wars fans in October. We invite you to come down – we love to see you at the Library!