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Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature

June 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 7, 2018

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until July 7, 2018


The McKinney Center in partnership with the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia and Jonesborough’s Washington County Public Library announce the opening of Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature at the McKinney Center. The exhibit is open to the public, MondayFriday, 8:00 am  to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and runs through July 7, 2018.

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.

The Heritage Alliance will be hosting story times with Mother Goose; Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 from 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., and Wednesday, June 20 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Join Mother Goose and her friend Canada the goose as they share nursery rhymes and stories. The show is appropriate for guests of all ages, whether you’re three or ninety-three! Marjorie Shaefer, a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, has been performing as Mother Goose for over 30 years.

The Washington County Library will be hosting two story times; Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Jaden at Children’s Storytime for the opportunity for children and their parents to come together for stories, songs, crafts and more!

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

All the programs will be held at the McKinney Center, located at 103 Franklin Ave, Jonesborough, TN 37659. For more information contact the McKinney Center at 423-753-0562.


June 15, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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McKinney Center
103 Franklin Ave
Jonesborough, TN 37659 United States
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(423) 753-0562

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