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October 9, 2017
All Day
Adult Reading Rotunda
508 N. Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804
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The Big Read: Station Eleven

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 Display & Interactive Exhibit

  • Month of October,  “2017 Big Read: ‘Station Eleven’ by Emily St. John Mandel.”  The community is invited to read the book, attend presentations, participate in games and activities and enjoy interactive exhibits at the library throughout the month of October. These activities and events are sponsored by the Blount County Friends of the Library and coordinated with the Knox County Public Library. Events and activities include:
    • October 1 to 31, “Station Eleven Interactive Exhibit” will be in the Reading Rotunda and will feature these interactive exhibits focusing on Station Eleven themes:
      • In the Art Response Room, ponder how art contributes to the human experience. Share your thoughts and questions about creativity, experiences, what “art” means and more.
      • Informational exhibits for: 1918 Flu Epidemic, Emily St. John Mandel, Shakespeare.
      • Write a letter to your family:  What would you want to say to your family if you were suddenly gone?
      • Museum of Modern Civilization:  Display of modern artifacts and accoutrements – like in the novel. If you’d never seen them before, and had no electricity, could you explain what these items were?
      • Arts & Tragedy:  Despite experiencing difficult times, people still desire beauty. What is the role of art in tragedy? Healing? Therapy? Self-expression? Understanding?
    • October 1 to 31, “Dystopian Lit. and Why It’s Important” exhibit at the Circulations Desks in the Main Gallery.
    • Tuesday, October 3,  7 p.m.,  “Survival!: Tips & Anecdotes.”  Could you survive in the wild?  Join Dolphin Riggs, Burt Emmerson and Joe Kelley as they explains tools and strategies needed to survive alone in nature.  Emmerson and Kelley are backpackers, and have taught and camped in the backcountry many times.  Kelley is a retired Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranger.  Join them for tips, strategies and stories. This event will be held in the Sharon Lawson Room.
    • Saturday, Oct. 14,   2-4 p.m., Gaming @ Your library, featuring Pandemic Board Game & Pandemic: The Cure:  Join the team of specialists and rescue humanity from four diseases that have broken out and threaten the world in this game based on a fictitious plot. Play these two games, find the cures and save mankind.   This month, teens and adults are also invited to learn and play the hit strategy board games Pandemic and Pandemic: The Cure, tense races against four killer diseases that threaten the world’s population. Players must collaborate to find a cure and stop the diseases – if even one virulent plague breaks out of containment, everyone loses! It’s a heart-pounding competition against an all-too-real foe. This event will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.
    • Thursday, October 19,  7 p.m., “Station Eleven Adult Coloring.”We all know surviving a fictitious pandemic, and then surviving in the post-apocalyptic world, is stressful and tiring. So calm down while being creative. Color pandemic- and “Station Eleven”-themed coloring pages. 
    • Monday, October 23,  7 p.m.,  “TVA’s Global Career: East Tennessee and the World.”    Despite causing what felt like a pandemic to some people, TVA is a model for regional uplift and was exported across the globe during the Cold War era.  The rural development program reached places as far flung as Afghanistan, India, Mexico as well as many other countries and was quite involved in 20th-century global conference. This presentation will be in the Sharon Lawson Room.