Library offers more than just books and movies

Mary Pom ClaiborneDowntown, Our Town Arts

Check out a ticket to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra:

In mid-August, Knox County Public Library launched its new Explorer Pass program, allowing card holders to “check out” admission to area cultural attractions. Zoo Knoxville is leading the pack with 150 passes used to date. Other popular attractions are The Muse and the historic homes. Last month, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra joined the program offering free child admission to each performance in the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series and Chamber Classics Series with the purchase of an adult ticket. 15 passes will be available per performance night. Coming up on Nov. 18-19 is their performance of Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, “Pathetique.” It is anything but pathetic. Tchaikovsky considered it to be his best work.

Scenes from Suttree – Literary Walking Tour, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.

Knoxville has inspired more than one writer as a setting for novels and stories. With a library card, you can stroll through scenes from Cormac McCarthy’s “Suttree” and listen to descriptions of our city in novels, stories and poems. Not to mention the movies!

Laura Still of Knoxville Walking Tours has created tours of Knoxville’s artistic heritage. Each tour is 90 minutes and will start in front of Lawson McGhee Library (500 W. Church Ave). Come light rain or come shine, the tour will go on. This tour is free for library card holders, but advanced registration is required.

Read City USA update: 

Sam Venable

We’re heading into the final months of Mayor Jacobs’s One Million Hour reading challenge, and we have 100,000 hours to go. The members at John T. O’Conner Senior Center joined the effort with a kick-off celebration featuring Sam Venable. And the Realtors from Knoxville Area Association of Realtors are installing Little Libraries around town and logging their own reading hours.

Everyone is invited to join the challenge to help make ours the best-read community in America.

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library. She writes a Wednesday feature for

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