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CG – Appalachian Craft for Kids: Paper Weaving

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents an Appalachian craft for kids: Paper Weaving on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm

Kids of all ages, join us to learn about paper weaving. The library will provide all supplies.

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CG – Family Activity: Joseph Evans & Russell Cook of the Little Country Giants

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Family Activity: Joseph Evans and Russell Cook of the Little Country Giants on Saturday, September 10, 2016 beginning at 1:00pm

Join members of southern music group, Little Country Giants, for some live music and fun. All ages can participate!

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CG – 21st Century Reflections on Appalachian Identity with Speaker Dr. Mark Banker

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents an adult event: 21st Century Reflections on Appalachian Identity with Speaker Dr. Mark Banker on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 10:00am-11:00am

“Writing with the keen eye of a native son who left the area only to returen years later, Banker uses elements of his own autobiography to underscore the ways in which East Tennesseans, particularly ‘successful’ urban dwellers, often distance themselves from an Appalachian identity. This understandable albeit regrettable response, Banker suggests, diminishes and demeans both the individual and region, making stereotypically ‘Appalachian’ conditions self-perpetuating.” – From utpress.org.

Mark T. Banker, author of Appalachians All: East Tennesseans and the Elusive History of an American Region, is a history teacher at Webb School of Knoxville, and resides on the farm where he was raised in nearby Roane County. He earned his PhD at the University of New Mexico and is the author of Presbyterian Missions and Cultural Interaction in the Far Southwest, 1850-1950. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Presbyterian History, Journal of the West, OAH Magazine of History, and Appalachian Journal.

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CG – Appalachian Dulcimers with Chris Smallwood & Tommy Blaylock

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents an all ages event: Appalachian Dulcimers with Chris Smallwood and Tommy Blaylock on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Join Chris Smallwood and Tommy Blaylock for an afternoon of live Appalachian-style music using the dulcimer. Free for all ages.

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CG – Clay Pottery for Teens and Adults

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents an event for Teens and Adults: Clay Pottery on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm

We’ll learn about how clay pottery is created and maybe get our hands dirty.

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CG – Family Activity: Banjo Sing-a-long

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Family Activity: Banjo Sing-a-long with Joe Forsee on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Drop in any time between 1:00pm and 3:00pm and enjoy some music Appalachian style with Joe Forsee on the banjo. All ages are invited to sing-a-long!

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CG – Family Activity: Candle Making with Karli

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Family Activity: Candle Making with Karli on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:30am-2:00pm

Drop in any time between 10:30am and 2:00pm to try your hand at candle making. All ages can participate!

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CG – Appalachian Writing Workshop for Teens

Calhoun-Gordon County Library will be hosting a writing workshop for teens: Appalachian Writing on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10:30am – 11:45am

Teens in 6th-12th grade, join us as we learn about writing in the Appalachian style and for some tips on writing in general.

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CG – Teens & Adults DIY: Pillow Slip Dresses

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a DIY workshop for teens and adults: Pillow Slip Dresses on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Bring in a pretty pillow case that you’re prepared to cut up, and ribbon from home in order to make some dresses.

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CG – Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature Exhibit

Calhoun-Gordon County Library, East Tennessee Historical Society, and Knox County (Tennessee) Public Library have worked together to present an exhibit: Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, beginning Wednesday, July 27, 2016 and ending October 22, 2016

This groundbreaking exhibition of Appalachian children’s literature explores books published since the late 1800s. Organized by the Knox County Public Library and the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee, and based on research by Jamie Osborn, Manager of the Halls Branch, Knox County Public Library, Reading Appalachia aims to show a more complete picture of the region’s literary heritage and how this literature tells the story of childhood in Appalachia.

Sporting life-size characters from some of the books, the exhibit is designed to create the sensation of walking through the pages of a storybook. Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters from Journey Cake Ho, A Mountain Rose, When Otter Tricked the Rabbit, When I Was Young, and others. Books are available to touch, read, and explore. The exhibit includes hands on activities that bring the subject to life for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story. They are also invited to create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia.

Attendees can view original films and hear the voice of old time storyteller Ray Hicks along with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Each panel includes an interpretation of the text from a child’s perspective.

An exhibit of Appalachian children’s literature at this scale has never been produced; this exhibition is designed to travel to other libraries and locations in and around Appalachia. Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature is made possible through the generous support of Clayton Homes, the Jane L. Pettway Foundation, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Children and Young Adult Literature.

Why Appalachian children’s books?
Few things capture our hearts and senses more vividly than children’s books. They ignite imagination and help bring structure and understanding to developing minds. Their stories linger and guide us into adulthood; they help define us.

Perhaps more than any other region, Appalachia has captured the nation’s imagination. It is a land where the blue smoke of the mountains, the self-sufficiency of life in a holler, and the singsong of an enthralling storyteller come together in a near mythic culture.

Appalachia is a land about which stories are told. By examining seminal titles published over the decades since the late 1800s, we hope to show the fuller picture of our region’s literary heritage, and how this literature tells the story of childhood in Appalachia.

-Excerpt from Calhoun-Gordon County Library’s Press Release

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