Programs and Events

ETLA typically organizes five meetings during the membership year; two in the fall and three in the spring. (Our membership year runs July 1-June 30.) Our programs are open to the public and newcomers are always welcome!

Upcoming Programs and Events:

Fall Hike and Picnic

The East Tennessee Library Association happily invites you to join us for a tour and picnic on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Tennessee’s newest state park – Seven Islands State Birding Park! There are over eight miles of scenic trails around the park, up the ridges and down to the waterfront, including a 1.2 mile paved greenway from the parking area to the French Broad River. We will be having lunch at the first barn near the parking entrance, and then walking the trails.

For more information on the location and its unique history, as well as directions please visit or

The cost is free to all participants, and ETLA members and non-members alike, as well as guests, are welcome. Drinks and sandwiches will be provided, and you are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share!

If you would like to join your East Tennessee Library colleagues for this activity, please RSVP to Meg Harrison at by Friday, September 12. Hope to see you then!

The 44th Annual Mary Utopia Rothrock Lecture and Dinner

Please mark your calendar for the East Tennessee Library Association’s
44th annual Mary Utopia Rothrock Lecture and Dinner, which will be held on
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the King Family Library in Sevierville in conjunction with the Sevier County Public Library Genealogy Conference. In his lecture “Librarians and Genealogists: A Match Made in Purgatory,” State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill will reflect on 40 years of experience as a genealogist and a librarian, discussing both the changes that have occurred in the genealogy field and the challenges that lie ahead for libraries with research collections.


Past Events and Programs:

Career Panel – Spring 2014

Book Brag and Lunch – Fall 2013

Fort Loudon Tour and Picnic – Fall 2013

Ijams Nature Center Hike – Fall 2012

The Mystery of Madam Pince – Spring 2012 Program

The Mary Utopia Rothrock Lectures