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Story Time Performances

KSO Library Story Time


  • In partnership with the Knox County Public Library and public libraries in nineteen upper East Tennessee counties
  • KSO string quartet visits library branches throughout the local community and East Tennessee
  • Combines children's literature with classical music, sound effects and hands-on learning
  • For pre-school aged children and their families
  • 2017-2018 program: Build a Better World
  • Books featured include: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, A Sick Day for Amos McGhee by Philip C. Stead, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Music featured includes: Singin' in the Rain, Baby Elephant Walk, Largo from Vivaldi's Spring, La Rejouissance from Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, Dvorak's American Quartet, Joplin's Paragon Rag, The Wheels on the Bus, "The Elephant" "Tortoises" and "Aquarium" from Carnival of the Animals, Purple Haze, Leroy Anderson's Syncopated Clock, Haydn's Surprise Symphony, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
  • Free and open to the public

Fall 2017 Library Story Time Schedule in Knox and surrounding County Public Library Branches




 Thursday, October 12

 4:00 PM  Cedar Bluff Branch Library

 Friday, October 27

 10:15 AM  Fountain City Branch Library

Thursday, November 2

10:30 AM Blount County Public Library

Tuesday, November 7

4:00 PM Farragut Branch Library

Wednesday, November 8

11:00 AM Karns Branch Library

Friday, November 17

10:30 AM Powell Branch Library

Tuesday, November 28

11:00 AM Lawson-McGhee Library

Wednesday, November 29

10:15 AM Bearden Branch Library

Tuesday, December 5

10:30 AM Sequoyah Branch Library

Thursday, December 7

10:30 AM Howard Pinkston Branch Library

Wednesday, December 13

10:30 AM Halls Branch Library

Spring 2018 Library Story Time Schedule

Date  Time Library

 Tuesday, January 9

10:00 AM   Murphy Branch Library

 Wednesday, January 10

 11:00 AM  Burlington Branch Library

 Wednesday, January 31

 10:30 AM  Blaine Public Library

 Thursday, February 1

 10:30 AM  King Family Library, Sevierville

Wednesday, February 7

 10:30 AM  Morristown-Hamblen County Public Library

Wednesday, February 21

10:45 AM Kingston Public Library

Tuesday, March 20

10:30 AM Oak Ridge Public Library

Tuesday, March 27

11:00 AM CST Huntsville Public Library

Wednesday, April 4

10:30 AM Fentress County Public Library

Thursday, April 5

1:30 PM Unicoi County Public Library

Friday, April 27

10:30 AM Stokley Memorial Library, Newport

We would like to thank our  2017-2018 Library Story Time Sponsors:   


 For more information about the Story Time Program, please email the Director of Education & Community Partnerships.



The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra published a children’s book about classical music written by KSO cellist Stacy Nickell Miller. Entitled Better Than Cookies, As Good As Cake, the book tells the story of a young girl who receives a violin. She finds that the sound that her violin makes, both alone and as part of a string quartet, is better than cookies and as good as cake. The characters in the book, illustrated by Stephen Brown, are loosely based on members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

This book is available for purchase at

Special thank you to Sam Furrow and Jim and Kay Clayton for making this project possible.