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

Blount County Friends of the Library Newsletter - May 2017

“A Gymnasium of the Mind”

Chess Club: A Library Sponsored Activity for the Community

By Robert McClelland, Between Friends Staff Writer

Adult Chess Players

Early one Thursday afternoon I visited the Blount County Chess Club congregated in the Teen Central area of the library, where three games were already in progress.

Hoping to speak to Tom Jobe, the club mentor, I learned that he had sadly passed away in March. Tom was a true mentor, who very patiently introduced people to the intricacies of chess, infecting them with love for the game. He is sorely missed by both current and former club members. Fortunately, the club continues under the guidance of two volunteers—Mark Garner, a district public defender and Robert Byrd, a student at South College in Knoxville. Plans for an annual Tom Jobe Memorial Tournament are already underway, with the hope that at least one hundred players will participate.

The chess club has been in existence in Blount County since the mid-60’s, moving from one location to another over the years. It has been meeting at the library for at least a decade.

Chess Player

The club’s basic mission is to provide a space for people of all ages to acquaint themselves with the game, benefit from playing it and enjoy the experience. Tom Jobe always had two questions for those who played, “Did you have fun, and did you learn?”

There is quite a range of experience and skill among attendees—some have never played before or know only some of the basics, while others are highly skilled and have been devotees for years. The club meets on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A rated tournament is held on one Saturday each month in the library.

Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome. The game itself has many benefits. It helps to improve one’s creativity, problem-solving skills, memory, concentration and—one that parents will definitely appreciate—the ability to sit still.

Young Chess Players

There is an added benefit especially important for seniors. Research shows that individuals engaging in the mental calisthenics of chess and other brain-stretching activities are less likely to develop dementia.

Although Tom Jobe is no longer ably guiding the club, it will surely continue to flourish, giving young and old a chance to their expand skills, engage their minds, and enjoy some camaraderie.

Tom Jobe Memorial Open Class Tournament at Blount County Library Saturday June 17, 9-5

Book Sale Flyer June 2017

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

Book Sales Dates Have Changed for 2017 - Please make a note!
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

The Book of Trees

100 Years of Protecting Nature (Sierra Club)

The Strange World of Animals

Art and Music

Struck by Lightning (Chris Colfer of Glee)

Anne Geddes – Down in the Garden

American Glass Paperweights and their Makers


A Long Way Home – Saroo Brier (movie Lion)

Having Our Say– The Delaney Sisters

Elvis Aaron Presley


Robert Louis Stevenson – Kidnapped and Treasure Island

Mary Poppins

Through the Looking Glass

Cookbooks / Crafts

The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia

American Silver

Kentucky Quilts and Their Makers


A Thistle in the Wind (signed)

Shadowed by Grace: A Story of Monuments (World War II)


Complete Edition of O. Henry


Rugged and Sublime – the Civil War in Arkansas

Hereditary Titles of Honour

The Siege of Atlanta

Non Fiction

Encyclopedia of Rifles and Machine Guns

The Art of Manliness Collection

The Confidence Game and Why We Fall For It...Every Time


Foxfire Books

Strong Survival: Life and times of a Mountain Woman

The Last Beloved Woman (Cherokee)


Who's Who in the Bible

The Pentateuch and Hafttorahs

Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered


The Gene: An Intimate History

The Crime Busters

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain


Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (4 vols)

Mary Renault – Fire from Heaven and Mask of Apollo

Charles Dickens (4 vols)


Baseball: A Literary Anthology

NASCAR in Photographs

The New Kayak Shop

Annual Meeting program featuring new Foothills Voices book

The annual meeting this year will introduce to you a book written by local, amateur writers from many professions, that will tickle your fancy, amaze you with some of its audacious mountain characters, including a murderer or two, and impress you with its utter professionalism. Many local professional writers and/or historians were guest speakers, such as Bill Landry, Pamela Schoenwald, Jack Neely, Judge David Duggan, Kate Clabough, and several UT journalism professors.

One writer, Mary Pope, retired psychiatrist, now a renowned Tai Chi instructor in Maryville, says she took the class to learn more about professional research writing and publishing; plus, she was interested in researching native Cherokee women marrying white men. Not finding a tremendous number of these marriages she discovered her husband’s great grand-mother was part American Indian and had married a white man. Not only that, but in 1806 or thereabouts they moved into a sycamore tree, (not a typo !!!) in Harlan County, Kentucky, and raised a family in it. The tree was three stories high, totally hollowed out, and even became known as the Sycamore Inn.

Mary says that the stories the writers discovered are totally “amazing.”

You will not want to miss hearing about this enlightening project, enjoying homemade desserts and coffee/cold beverages, and learning about the productive Blount County Friends of the Library year.

Jan Six

Meet Jan Six, who is one of our many volunteers who has a great love for libraries and Friends groups. In her role as the Friends’ “Historian”, she collects all sorts of information from newspapers and other sources about activities engaged in by members of the Friends. This information will be kept in a 3-ring binder in the Friends’ office so it will be available to anyone who is interested in reading the information. Also in the Friends’ office, is a folder labeled “Historian” which is where articles or other information can be placed so it can be included in the history binder.

Jan also helps with sorting donated books on Tuesdays and is the point person for the “Romance” section in the basement. She also spends time shelving books in the library on the main level.

Jan is not a native Tennessean. She was born and spent her early years in North Dakota. After college, she lived in several states before settling in Alaska where she stayed for 40 years. Her career history includes working in a health care non-profit Foundation as a Planned Giving Officer and then she began recruiting and managing non-profit Governance Boards.

Jan has requested that all Friends’ members help collect information on topics that involves activities or achievements of Friends’ members. She would also like to ask for at least one other member to volunteer to help her with this important task. If interested, Jan can be reached by calling her Alaska mobile phone number: 1-907-360-1386. She is looking forward to collecting and putting together this important history of The Blount County Friends of the Library.

Jan enjoys yard work and walking a few miles each day on the wonderful Greenbelt trails. She likes to stay busy and would appreciate any suggestions or input that will help her make the history binders complete and accurate.

WANTED: Lockable cabinets/bookcases for some books stored in the basement please call Dick Burgess at 865-368-0087

March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory

(1st two lines: “The Army Goes Rolling Along” by HW Arberg, adapted in 1956 from Song written by 1st Lieutenant Edmund L.Gruber, www.MUSIC.ARMY.MIL)

Karen Fair

In our February Between Friends, feature writer Robert McClelland quotes Aristotle : “…The essence of life is to serve others and do good.” In the March E-letter we presented you with Kellie Frazier who shared with us her service as coordinator of the Books for Soldiers project . She wants to honor her father-in-law who served in the war.

This month we have the great privilege to share with you Army Colonel Karen Fair, who has served her entire country from the day she walked through the doors of West Point, through multiple deployments in the Middle East and Africa as well, after she studied law and became a JAG (Judge Advocate General), at the pentagon in Washington DC , Fort Hood, Somalia and other places needing international legal expertise. She has an entire room filled with posters and awards. Early in her career she was a platoon leader and had many army men and women under her supervision. She has been injured so much that at one point when she broke her back during training exercises to teach platoons to carry equipment she was asked to retire but she refused.

Karen Fair in dress uniform

This amazing American now wishes to march on by both being part of the Jailbirds project, in which volunteers maintain the jail library, and by sending books to soldiers. She carries on as a great colonel does, but with her oxygen tank trailing behind her instead of the military equipment bags, as she carries books to record and mail or goes to the jail library. Her cheerful demeanor belies serious and painful reminders of her army service, but she will be sure those military readers have books to read and the jail inmates as well.

The Friends are proud to have many, many servers of the good men and women in their group, and Karen is the perfect example to be introduced to you all during our Memorial Day month.

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