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Kingsport Public Library Summer Reading Programs

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Kingsport Public Library 
Gather. Learn. Grow.
summer reading

Registration begins May 30th
Pick up reading logs in youth services.
The more you read, the more opportunities you have to earn: stickers, book bags, bookplate in a library book, free books and more.

summer programs

for teens:
June 15, 22 & 29 from 3:30-5:00
scavenger hunt, self defense, and Lego obstacle course

for elementary children:
Wednesdays at 11:00 & 2:30
June 7: Mr. Bond The Science Guy
June 14: Marty Silver & animals
June 21: Puppeteer Hobey Ford
June 28: Touch real trucks

for preschool children:
Tuesdays at 10:30

for 2-3 year olds:
Thursdays @10:30

book club morning
June 29 @ 4:00 library board room
led by Emily Griffey
man called ove 

summer hours
Monday – Thursday 9:00-8:00
Friday and Saturday 9:00-5:30
CLOSED Sundays

June is National Great Outdoors Month. Download free Outdoors titles here.

lego club
June 5 & 19 from 3:30-5:00
elementary age children
Registration REQUIRED

game and craft
for adults!
June 5 from 6:00-7:30
library auditorium
Bring your craft to work on while visiting with other crafters, or enjoy board and video games

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Twenty minute reading sessions are one-on-one with the dog.  For independent readers in grades 1-5.
Pre-register in Youth Services.


activities and conversation
Saturdays from 2:30-5:00
Library Board room (4th Floor)


Check out our new “moon ring” lights!

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Classes at Art In The Heart

Classes at Art in the Heart
To register click on the link below

Fused Glass Sushi Plate Class with Karen Hitchcock
Wednesday May 17, 2017 Work with fused glass artist Karen Hitchcock in making a sushi plate.
Wednesday, May 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Cost per student $50
Materials fee paid to Karen Hitchcock day of class $15.00
Total cost per student $65
Min students – 4 max students – 8
Quilt Tote Basket by Master Basket Weaver Joy Smith
Saturday June 3, 2017 SOLD OUT!!!!
June 3, 9:30 – 3:30. For Intermediate Students. Join master basket weaver Joy Smith to build a big one! Big enough for a quilt this basket will be your favorite for picnics, planning and can even be accessorized with wheels.
The cost is $175.  Limit of 7 people.
Intro to Painting with Allison Parker
Saturday June 10, 2017 Intro to Painting
with Allison Parker

Let a professional artist help you bring your ideas to life from start to finish. If you are interested in painting but don’t know where to start, or simply want to sharpen your creative process, then you will love this class!

Bring your own personal photo, sketch, or concept and learn a step-by step process that promotes good craftsmanship and techniques. If you don’t have an idea, don’t worry! The Instructor can help you develop an idea. Students may work in any color media and are encouraged to bring their own supplies. Basic acrylic or watercolor materials can be provided for a one-time fee of $20.

Allison Parker studied Painting and Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She worked in New York City as an illustrator for NYCTV painting historical scenes for Emmy-Award winning episodes of ‘Secrets of New York.’

Calligraphy with Michael Hale
Thursday June 15, 2017 Beautiful Writing! enjoy a 4 week session with Michael Hale. Thursday evenings beginning June 15, 6 – 7:30 PM. $45 and all supplies are included.
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Shelby Place Lofts

Loft Address: 155 Shelby St.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Todd East


  • 1700 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Baths
  • Fully Furnished Kitchen
  • Security Camera to Allow Guests In
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Convenient Parking in the Free Parking Garage 
  • Water, Sewage, Trash, & Internet Provided
  • Cable Ready
  • Handicap Accessible w/Elevator
  • Rent: $1500 per Month

  • 1200 Square Feet
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Baths
  • Fully Furnished Kitchen
  • Security Camera to Allow Guests In
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Convenient Parking in the Free Parking Garage 
  • Water, Sewage, Trash, & Internet Provided
  • Cable Ready
  • Handicap Accessible w/Elevator
  • Rent: $1200 per Month


  • 1200 Square Feet
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Baths
  • Fully Furnished Kitchen
  • Security Camera to Allow Guests In
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Convenient Parking in the Free Parking Garage 
  • Water, Sewage, Trash, & Internet Provided
  • Cable Ready
  • Handicap Accessible w/Elevator
  • Rent: $1200 per Month



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Carriage House Custom Framing Yarn Apparel & Accessories

There are a lot of exciting events coming to the Carriage house!

Learn to Dye Self Striping Patterning Sock Yarn 
 Saturday  May 13, 1:30-5:30   $89
Instructor – Melonie Koenig
Melonie is an experienced fiber dyer and I feel fortunate she’s going to share her skill with us.  In this fun 4 hr. class you’ll dye 1  knit blank and 1
hank of Opal Sock with vibrant Jacquard Dyes.  You’ll have dye to take home.  We have 3 seats left so call the store and reserve your spot.
Free Workshop- Felted Cross Body Bag
 Saturday  May 27, 10:30 – 12:30
Instructor – Terri Jones
Supplies – wool yarn purchase, #13 circular needle.
Limited seating available.  Come pick your yarn we have lots of fun color choices.  #lovethisbag  #funknit
East TN Yarn Crawl – June 16 – July 1
10 participating shops
$10 – bag and passport
Free patterns from ea. shop
3 Prizes drawn from ea. shop
Grand Prize
Reserve your bag & passport by calling the store – 247-9091.  I’ll send an email and post on Facebook as soon as the arrive. 
Coming Soon!  Lightweight Circle Vest- Knit Version
 Not scheduled yet but it will be soon!
Instructor- Barbara Lane
Intermediate 0r Advanced Beginner level class.
In this class you’ll be learning the circle knit technique while creating a beautiful vest.  The vest pictured is our heavier version- the model Barb is working on is a much lighter yarn and could be worn year around.
Seating will be limited to 6 students.
Color Affection Shawl
 One of my favorite knit shawls.  Color Affection is a paid pattern found on and we have 2 models in the shop.
We’ll be glad to help you pick out yarn!
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Epic Biblical Tale, “David: The Shepherd King”, Coming to LampLight Theatre

KINGSPORT, Tenn., May 1, 2017 – See the Bible lift off of its pages and onto the LampLight stage in David: The Shepherd King, the epic Biblical story of a shepherd boy, called by God to be the King over His chosen flock, the nation of Israel. This month, LampLight Theatre will present an iconic, brand new production of Biblical proportions! With just a sling and a harp, David was ushered onto a throne, but not without being tried and tested. David, the worshipful warrior, had to overcome the giant hatred of his sometimes monstrous enemies and the failings of his own flesh.

Meet the prophets, the women, the warriors, and the worshippers who shift David’s balance as he grapples to maintain his throne. This dramatic portrayal unveils David’s struggle during his most vulnerable moments, the people who blessed and tested him, and the battles we can all win by surrendering to God’s will. David’s story is powerful and convicting, as it exposes the impact of sin and the holiness of God on the heart of a man.

Join us for Lamplight Theatre’s premier of David: The Shepherd King, an intimate look into the life of a man after God’s own heart. Performances will be held May 12 – 14, 19 – 21 and 26 – 28. Show times are 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with additional matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to performances. This show is rated PG-13, due to the content of David’s life story.

Treat your date, family, or church group to Dinner before the performance! A delicious catered meal will be offered May 13th beginning at 5:30 p.m, and May 20th & 27th beginning at 12:30 p.m. Meals will be served at The Emporium Banquet Hall (Next door to theatre). The cost is $30 per Adult / $17 per Student (ages 4-12) / Children FREE (3 & Under). Advanced reservations are required for dinner. (Prices include ticket to the show.)

Show Only: Admission is a suggested donation of $10 Adults, $5 Students, and FREE for children 5 and under. Doors will open one hour prior. For reservations and more information, please contact the LampLight box office at 423-343-1766, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit

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Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery

We are so looking forward to live music, great hors d’oeuvres, and amazing Box Wine selections for our Wine Tasting at this Thursdays Sip and Stroll! Of course we will have Bellafina Chocolates and Little Cake mini cupcakes! Our new Artist Petina Wynn will be here for her Opening Exhibition of Oils and Acrylics, influenced by her time in Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. Be sure to stroll by and visit us for her first exhibition in the Tri Cities! We also have new additions to the Gallery so don’t miss out! We will be open until 8pm. Festivities begin at 5pm! We can’t wait to see you!

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Sip and Stroll

The monthly Sip and Stroll is back this Thursday! Stroll through Downtown Kingsport on the First Thursday of each month and enjoy unique shopping, delicious foods, wine bars, a beer brewery & moon shine. Some of the places that will be participating are Art in the Heart Gallery  , Artiques  , and Cindy Saadeh Fine Art  for all your artistic wants and needs. For all you ladies out there that like to shop while you sip The Wooden Hanger Boutique , Turquoise Boutique , and Variety Gifts  will be open and ready for you to stop in! We enjoy this time of the month and appreciate everyone who takes the time to visit the shops. Hope to see you all out there!

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A Prodigal Story

An Original Prodigal Tale Comes to the Stage at LampLight

“Across: A Prodigal Story” written by a Local High School Senior

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 20, 2017 – In an original production written by a high school senior from Volunteer High School, LampLight Theatre proudly brings Across: A Prodigal Story to the stage at the end of this month. Having risen from the ashes of a divided nation, two leaders, aptly named Phoenixes, have each led their people for many years to follow either their own heart or the heart of “The Anointed One”. One leader governs a people that think only of themselves and their possessions. Another leader governs a people that follow “The Anointed One” by putting others before themselves. A selfless and a selfish generation continue to grow together, never seeing eye to eye.

Across: A Prodigal Story follows two families who are members of these opposing factions, and their young pre-teen children are coming of age. On the cusp of a child’s twelfth birthday, they are given the opportunity to dabble on the “other side” and see if they enjoy what the other faction has to offer. It is then that they must choose where to spend the rest of their lives. David, from the tribe of Ofa, who follow “The Anointed One”, sets off to get what he has always wanted: more than he has. Ely, from the tribe of Pae, who follow their ever-shifting desires, finds it hard being in a materialistic family where nothing they have is ever good enough. These two children pursue life’s meaning as all of us do, really. What in this life will give us the meaning we desire? Are our desires worth finding? Will these two find what they are longing for? Can they return home after they leave their own kind? Come and seek for the truth along with the cast of Across: A Prodigal Story. Your heart will be touched in the journey for each child’s place in the world. Perhaps you will find yours as well…

Across: A Prodigal Story is produced by a LampLight Children’s Theatre program called G.L.O.W. that works with kindergarteners through eighth graders on Saturday mornings to develop their skills and interests in theatre arts and ministry. G.L.O.W. strives to develop the interests of these young students as well as offer older students a chance to direct, write, and choreograph these original productions.

Performances will be given April 28-30 and May 5-7 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm, and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Suggested Donation for these performances is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and Free for children age 5 and under. Doors open one hour prior to the performance. Make your visit with us over the top! Treat your children to a Hot Dog Lunch at 12:30 pm before the 2:00 pm show on April 29th or a mouth-watering Ice Cream Sundae after the 2:00 pm show on May 6th. Find pricing and information and make reservations on our website at or call our Box Office 10am – 5pm, Monday through Friday at 423-343-1766.

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Carriage House: Spring News and Class Schedule

Happy Spring!   The store is loaded with new fresh merchandise come check us out!  Our new line of awesome vegan leather bags has been well received not only for the great look but also the $48.95 price point.  I must say I love these bags!  I’m also very excited about adding the Erimish Bracelet Bar to our mix of accessories. Of course we have lots of great new apparel and new warm weather yarns to tempt you as well. 
I’m very pleased to add Susan Chadwell and Penelope Baker  to our team of fiber art teachers.  Below you’ll find a list of upcoming classes if interested please reply to this email or call the store to sign up. You’ll need to come in to pay your class fee and purchase your supplies at your earliest convenience.
Katherine’s Weekly Drop In Classes 
Every Tuesday 11:00-1:00 & Every Thursday 5:30-7:30
We’ll be hosting a Dye Workshop on a Sat. in May or June so stay tuned.  If you’re interested let me know we’ll have to limit the class to 8 students.  If we have more students interested we’ll schedule a second class.  This is going to be loads of fun!  

Intro to Brioche

Instructor – Betty Berry
Sat. Apr. 15 & 22 11:00-1:00
Class fee $20 plus yarn
Brioche knitting is a reversible pattern that creates a thick, lofty, stretchy fabric similar to a 1 x 1 rib. In this technique class you’ll be creating a beautiful cowl. This class has limited seating so sign up quickly!


Knit Socks 2 at-a-Time

Instructor – Penelope Baker
Tues., Apr. 18, May 5, & May 9
5:30-7:30 Class fee $30 plus yarn
In this fun class you’ll be learning the technique of knitting 2 socks at a time on 2 circular needles. Just think “when you’re done you’re done!!” To sign up for this class you need to have knit socks before. This is a limited seating class so check your calendar!

Learn to Knit a Little Cotton
RabbitInstructor – Susan Chadwell
Sat., June 10, 24, & July 8
10:00-12:00 Class fee $30 plus yarn
and paid pattern downloaded from
These absolutely adorable critters are all the rage and I’m sure once you’ve knit one you’ll be hooked. Check out all the different critters and clothes you can knit by searching Little Cotton Rabbits on Ravelry. This class is for an intermediate knitter and has limited seating. Sign up today!


Free Shoulder Shawl Pattern by Carolyn White

This is a new free pattern with yarn purchase. We have the pictured model in the store. I love this very fashion forward piece that may be worn with your favorite broche or shawl pin. It may also be simply drapped over your shoulders with the fringe on the top.


Intermediate Crochet Class

Instructor – Deb Burger
Sat., June 10, 17, 24, & July 1
11:00-12:30 Class fee $40 plus yarn
This class is suitable for any student that’s completed Deb’s Beginner Crochet Class or someone that has basic crochet skills. I just love this “tiny scarf”! Sign up today!


New Travel Mugs from HeartMoss Pottery

These beautiful travel mugs are handcrafted in Independence, VA
by one single potter! The lids don’t leak and they are microwave and dishwasher safe. We have 4 glazes available and the Solmate cozy is extra. Great gift idea!


New Vegan Leather Bags

I hope you love this new line from Joy Susan as much as I do. This style bag is the perfect size with an attached coin purse, inside zipper pocket, and a magnetic closure. The super cute wallets shown have a cross body & wristlet strap that is optional.

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Dear Kingsport

Dear Kingsport,

Where do I begin? Over the last four years you have given me something difficult to describe, but I’m going to try because I want you to understand what a gift it is. I want you to know what it feels like when the Kingsport Spirit grabs a hold of you, makes you apart of its family and makes you feel valued.

Four years ago, when I accepted the position as Executive Director of the Downtown Kingsport Association, I was nervous and overwhelmed. Excited but also aware of the level of responsibility I had been given. This community loves its Downtown, values it, respects it and wants to see it prosper and grow. I was determined to use my past experiences as a Downtown Development Director in Kentucky to build a game plan for the future of Downtown Kingsport. Kentucky, you ask? Yes, I moved here from Kentucky and yes I was worried I would be viewed as an outsider, but I wasn’t. You embraced me and welcomed me with open arms into this new position and into this community.

My first order of business was to enlist volunteers; stakeholders in the community. This is where I first started to experience the true spirit of Kingsport.  Everyone I talked to had a story to tell regarding their experiences while growing up here. The excitement of shopping Downtown for a new pair of shoes at Penny’s and then to the candy counter for a treat or browsing Sobel’s Department Store, Fuller & Hillmans and then ending your day with a Mountain Dew slushy and popcorn at Wallace News Stand. Cruising Broad Street in their 1950’s mustang and then catching a movie that weekend at the State Theater with their high school sweetheart. These were just some of the heart-warming stories that I heard from people who love this community and they were thrilled to volunteer their time to serve on a committee that would help us put work plans into action.

The enthusiasm of volunteers is vital to an organization like this one and they are the ones that helped us accomplish projects that we enjoy today. The park lets with red umbrellas along Broad Street, the Verdin Street Clock at New and Broad, the new Christmas Lights and banners,  the beautiful hanging baskets along Center St and the flower pots in front of all the businesses are just a few of the accomplishments from the volunteers of the Design Committee.

The Downtown Kingsport Wine Festival, First Thursday Sip N Strolls and the Busker Festival, the Holiday Loft Tours are fun and new events that were put together by volunteers of the Promotion and Organization committees.  PEAK, the Young Professionals organization, was instrumental in the building of the Downtown Dog Park.  It took numerous volunteers and selfless hours to organize this project and it continues to have volunteers maintain it each and every day.

The Economic Vitality Committee had a number of volunteers working on many projects to help strengthen existing business in the Downtown core and recruit new ones to locate Downtown. Examples of these are: taking inventory of all the Buildings and Businesses Downtown and uploading them on the DKA website. They hosted ribbon cuttings to celebrate new businesses and received an Entrepreneur grant that will encourage entrepreneurs to participate in a co-starter class and ultimately end up in a maker space.

This is by no means the end of the list of projects that I have enjoyed working on but it is a sample of some of the projects that I got to witness come to fruition while being the Executive Director of the Downtown Kingsport Association. My family and I have created our own memories here and I will always be grateful for this opportunity you have given me but most of all I am grateful for instilling in me the Kingsport Spirit.


All my best,

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