Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's going on at the library

From Jerome at the Smyrna Public library here is what is going on this month.
Smyrna Library is abuzz with new programs this month, including a Lego club, a traveling arts display, an e-book workshop, and the return of the Walter King Hoover Winter Reading Program.

Friday evening, January 13, at 6:30 p.m., the library will be hosting the grand opening of the A Fine Romance traveling exhibit. This free event will feature live music from the Vandy Jazz Quartet and a keynote given by Dr. James Lovensheimer, professor of ethnomusicology at Vanderbilt. Viewing of the exhibit itself begins today and will last through February 24.

A Fine Romance was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. Locally, Friends of Smyrna Library, the Vanderbilt University music department, Dance with Stacey, OmniHut, Fox’s Pizza, and Legend’s Steakhouse have given their support.

The youth services department is back in full swing as well, with storytimes already going again and several events planned for this month. Next Thursday, January 19, an all-ages pajama storytime and stuffed animal sleepover will be held at 6:00 p.m. Stuffed animals can be left overnight, and children can views pictures of their shenanigans when they pick up their stuffed friends on Friday morning.

This Saturday, a try-before-you-buy teen gaming program will be taking place 2:30-4:30 p.m. Teens will be able to use the library’s large screens to try out a recent release. Also coming up is the Lego Club, which will be meeting January 24 at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required, and this program is limited to those 8 years old and up.

If you received an e-book reader over the holidays and are interested in getting free library books on your device, the library will be hosting an e-book workshop for you tomorrow, January 12, at 3:00 p.m. This event will cover lending on our popular R.E.A.D.S. system, along with giving information for those who are still in the market for a device.

Smyrna Public Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Road West in Smyrna. The Library is the cornerstone of our community, enriching lives through free resources for learning, fun, and opportunity. For more information, call 615-459-4884 or visit

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