South Knox Library launches book sale

Drum roll please! The South Knoxville Branch Library will have the honor of hosting the first Friends of the Knox County Public Library Used Book Sale of 2022. Book lovers, rejoice!

The South Knoxville branch book sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday, February 18 and 19. The following week will be the Powell Branch Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., February 25 and 26.

The in-store sales are a warm-up for the first big Friends book sale in three years. The spring book sale – another first – will be held March 24-26 at the Central United Methodist Church, 201 Third Ave., in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood.

Shopping on Thursday, March 24, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., is exclusively reserved for members of the Friends of KCPL. (Register online here.) The general public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. Saturday is a half price day.

Coinciding with the South Knoxville Sale, the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball is on Saturday, February 19. RSVP for the event by donating online. Fundraising will support future author events.

One of Robert H. Thompson’s dot paintings

The South Knoxville branch, 4500 Chapman Highway, is currently showing an exhibition by South Knox-based artist Robert H. Thompson. Several of Thompson’s provocative ‘word paintings’ and ‘dot paintings’ inspired by Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime art are on display, along with other pieces.

Thompson, who has lived in South Knox County for about 15 years, is a self-taught artist and photographer. He worked as a lawyer for TVA for 30 years before retiring. Now he captures the unexpected beauty of South Knoxville with his camera and adds intriguing thoughts to landscapes he finds at thrift stores in the tradition of artist Wayne White.

Did you know that the Knox County Read City USA Challenge is open to adults as well as children and teens? The program, which began on January 11, is trying to get the community to read one million collective hours by December 15.

The challenge is split into three parts, with the first ending on April 30. After reading for 45 hours, readers can collect a prize at the library (while supplies last). Prizes for adults and teens include durable items such as a stainless steel travel mug, collapsible nylon tote bag, and telescoping straw.

Betsy Pickle is a seasoned editor and writer who particularly enjoys covering South Knoxville.

Thompson’s art has been called eccentric and surreal.