The Blount County Public Library opened its doors on Oct. 24, 1919. Since then, the library has been one of the community’s linchpins. To celebrate its centennial in Blount County, The Daily Times will provide daily snippets of library history for the month of October. The first installment is below.

In 1919, the planning of Maryville’s first library began in the “rest room” of the Bank of Blount County building. Though restroom is known as a bathroom nowadays, during those times, a “rest room” was a furnished lounge for tired shoppers. The room operated free of charge for four years, and the ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Chilhowee Club, the Tuesday Club and the King’s Daughters maintained the space and paved the way for the library’s beginning.

Kathleen Christy, information services manager at the Blount County Public Library, authored this snippet.

Shelby joined The Daily Times in 2019 as a reporter covering county government.

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