Book sale, genealogy workshop & more

Mary Pom ClaiborneDowntown, Fountain City, Halls

We’re in full swing this spring with programs for all ages at the library.

Fill your bookshelf at bargain-basement prices 

Stop by the Friends of the Library’s Spring Used Book Sale.  There are more than 20,000 books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks to choose from – most under $2. The sale opens this Thursday at 3-7 for the Member’s Preview. If you’re not already a member, you can join on site for as little as $20 for a year. The sale continues on Friday and Saturday; admission is free, and the sale is open to the public. It all happens at the Central United Methodist Church (201 Third Ave in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood.) Proceeds from the sale support Library programs and services such as the upcoming Children’s Festival of Reading and the newly installed Storybook Trails.

Genealogy Workshop: Finding Her Story through Genealogy

This Saturday, March 25, from 1-3 p.m., drop by the East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay Street) for a free workshop exploring resources for researching, documenting and interpreting women’s stories, as well as hints on how to overcome challenges inherent to women’s history. Lisa Oakley, vice president/curator of education at the East Tennessee Historical Society, will lead the program.

Mermaids and Monsters Party with Debbie Dadey

Next Wednesday, March 29, drop by the Halls Library from 3:30-4:30 with your favorite mermaid or monster to meet Debbie Dadey, author of the popular book series Mermaid Tales and the Bailey School Kids . We’ll have some crafts and fun activities. We’re looking forward to seeing kiddos in costumes (not required!).

Celebrate the opening of the Dogwood Trails

We’re excited to see the pink lines donning the streets to lead us through the Dogwood Trails. On Wednesday, March 29, from 5-7, “Miss Libby” Nelson from the Fountain City Library will be on hand at the opening ceremony featuring the North Knoxville trails with crafts galore. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 2800 Gibbs Drive and includes music by the Fountain City Ramblers, food trucks, a tour of the Dempster Mansion and more! Join us to usher in our favorite season.

These are just a few of the programs and events taking place at the library this week. Check out our online calendar for the full listing.

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library

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