Saturday, June 1, 2019

Newsletter & Calendars: June 2019

We are summer ready!  It's time for our summer reading programs to begin and, with so much going on in June and July, we have tons of new classes and fun activities for patrons of all ages to enjoy.

This month, we're looking forward to visits from ETSU, Bays Mountain Planetarium, and King University for our intergalactic speakers series.  Professor Jonna Sutherland from King University will be at the library on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. for a short lecture on space exploration; Dr. Gary Henson from ETSU will be speaking on "Fifty Years of Spaceflight" on June 24 at 6:00 p.m.; and an employee from the Bays Mountain Planetarium will be at the library on June 27 at 2:00 p.m. for a special presentation on "Space Today!"

We're starting our biannual BPL Book Bingo on Monday, June 3.  Interested readers are welcome to sign up for BPL Book Bingo at any time from June 3 to July 30 and compete for prizes--and, of course, bragging rights.  Copies of book bingo will be available at the Reference Desk and the Avoca Branch Library.  For more information on BPL Book Bingo, please contact the library at 276-645-8780 or 423-968-9663.

We also have some wonderful movies lined up, including a special showing of Hidden Figures (2016) at 5:30 p.m. on June 11, The Searchers (1956) at 2:30 p.m. on June 12, and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) for our Classic Movie Corner on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.  Creative & Crafty classes include book bouquets on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. and "Galaxies Rock!" rock-painting on June 29 at 2:00 p.m.

The Children's Department kicks off their summer reading program on Monday, June 3, with storytime at 11:30 a.m. and a special summer reading program at 6:00 p.m.  Storytime will be held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. while movies will be shown on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.  Summer reading program activities will be held on Mondays at 6:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  Special entertainment programs will be held on Wednesdays at a variety of different times, while Lego building will be on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the Children's Summer Reading Program, please visit the Children's Department to pick up a calendar and register for special events.  You can also contact Michelle at 276-821-6153 with additional questions.  (Please note:  Registration must be completed in person.)

The Teens will also begin their Summer Reading Program on June 7 with a kick-off party at 3:00 p.m.  Teens can register or summer reading events, as well as participate in trivia and other fun activities.

This month, the teens will be watching movies on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and gaming tournaments on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Tween Book Club will meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and the Teen Book Club will meet on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.  Special events will be held on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. and, as an added bonus, teen readers will be able to participate in a summer reading challenge to compete for Amazon gift cards and other cool prizes!

For more information on the Teen Summer Reading Program, please contact Jaden at 276-821-6192 or  You can also check out the official BPL Teens page on Facebook at

The Avoca Branch Library will be hosting their own Summer Reading Program starting the first full week of June.  Kids from 0-6 will have activities planned on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., while kids ages 6-12 will have activities scheduled on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, the Avoca Branch Library is hosting their summer reading Kick-Off Party with Beatrice Green and her puppet pal Reggie.  We'll have games, fun activities, snacks, and more available.  (Registration for summer reading is now open, so make sure to drop into the library at any time or feel free to register during our Kick-Off Party!)

The Jones Creativity Center will be hosting two special PC Classes during June.  On Thursday, June 13, instructors from the JCC will be offering a special workshop on "Online Job Searching" at 2:00 p.m.  And, on Thursday, June 20, they'll have a class on "Genealogy Research Online" at 2:00 p.m. at the Avoca Branch Library.  No registration is required.  To participate, simply drop in and join the class!

For more information on summer reading program activities and other library events, you can also check out the official Facebook page for the BPL at

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