Tag: Knox County Public Library

A Conversation with Linda Parsons

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

 

Untitled-13“Being in exile helped me discover myself,” Linda Parsons told me one Saturday morning at Panera Bread. Linda was born in Nashville, but her family moved to Wisconsin for her high school years. Attending high school so far away from where she was raised highlighted what it was “to be Southern” and helped her develop her own streak of independence. She eventually migrated back South to Knoxville where she earned a BA and MA in English from the University of Tennessee. Along this path she discovered she wanted to be a writer. Read more →

Talking with Ramon DeGennaro

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

 

met Ray DeGennaro over coffee at Panera at lunch time on a nice, almost Spring day. Ray had just come from teaching his Introduction to Finance course at the University of Tennessee. He felt that talking to over 200 students in one of UT’s big lecture halls had strained his voice a bit. Our conversation began with me wondering how he chosen his particular career. Read more →

The Big Read In Knoxville

By Michael K. Smith, Ph.D.

 

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Ernest Gaines’ novel A Lesson Before Dying (see book review in this issue) has been chosen to celebrate The Big Read in Knoxville, February 5 through March 13, 2016. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, “The Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.” Coordinated by the Knox County Public Library and many community partners, “The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.” A Reader’s and Teacher’s Guide to the novel is available at the NEA website: http://www.neabigread.org/books/lessonbeforedying/ Read more →

Learn Something New: New Nonfiction Titles

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

 

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Music Everywhere! 

by Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon

PreK-2nd

Children all over the world make music, and this book shows the wide variety of instruments and styles they play through bright, colorful photographs and simple text.

 

 

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Ten Terrific Books About Getting Active

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

 

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Max and Zoe at Soccer Practice

 by Shelley Swanson Sateren

 K-3rd

                            In this beginning reader Max learns that practice is important to improve his soccer skills, but he’s tempted to cheat when he sees what a good player Zoe is.

 

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Ten Terrific Books To Help Your Child Choose Books

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

 

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How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

by Esme Raji Codell

Teacher, librarian, and reading expert Codell assists parents of babies through middle schoolers in developing their children into lifelong readers through lists of recommended titles focused on a variety of child-friendly topics as well as ideas and activities to extend the reading experience.

 

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Ten Terrific Books For The Holidays

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

 

Twas-the-night-before-christmasThe Night before Christmas

by Clement Clarke Moore

This classic poem about a visit from St. Nick has delighted readers for well over a century. Read more →

Ten Terrific Books: Giving Thanks

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

 

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by Laura Malone Elliott

When his teacher asks the class what things about Thanksgiving they are thankful for, Sam begins to worry when he can’t think of anything, but his friends help him find the answer.


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Ten terrific books to empower parents

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

Aug2013Book1The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-by-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child
by Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella
Yale University professor and child psychologist Kazdin shares with parents his proven method for nurturing well-behaved children and provides a wealth of concrete examples and useful strategies for success. Read more →

Ten terrific books about getting active

 By Erin Nguyen, Children’s Department, Knox County Public Library

 

 

May13Book1Rhinos Who Skateboard
by Julie Mammano
PreK-2nd
Rhinos spend a fun day rolling around town in this action-packed picture book filled with skateboarding lingo. Read more →