While many patrons donated books for the first library’s book shower in 1919, librarian Anna Belle Smith noted one unusual donation from an observant and science-minded patron. Smith wrote in her records that patron Dorothy Fisher donated a wasp’s nest to be hung on one of the walls as a reminder of wasps being the first paper makers.

— Kathleen Christy, information services manager

at the Blount County Public Library.

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

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