Library system offers Reading Pays fines waive promotion

SEVIERVILLE — Readers can now pay off fines through reading or volunteering at one of the three Sevier County Public Library System locations. Patrons can pick up the “Reading Pays” promotion stamp card at one of the branches; King Family Library, Seymour Branch Library and Kodak Branch Library.

When books are returned, the borrower can tell the staff what they liked about the book and get a stamp. Those with fines that prevent them from checking out books can read in the library and make a report while there. Each stamp is worth $1. Earn all ten stamps and cash it in for any overdue fines. The card is not transferable, nor will it cover the cost of materials not returned, lost or damaged, or other charges on an account.

Patrons can also volunteer for an hour and receive a $1 credit on a stamp card. For more information about the Reading Pays fine waive promotion, please call 865.453.3532. Other fine waive promotions include Senior Citizens’ Christmas in April, School Supplies for Fines in July, Make a Difference Day for Teens in September and Food for Fines in November.

Blood drive for 18-month-old is Friday

KODAK — MEDIC Regional Blood Center hosts a special replacement drive on Friday for 18-month-old Cooper Brooks, a Sevier County youngster with a rare form of cancer. People can designate Brooks to be credited with donations in the blood bank; donors do not have to have the same blood type as Brooks.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. Face masks are required. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Crossing Church, 2941 Douglas Dam Road, Kodak. Information is available at or 865-524-3074.

Seven Islands to host Saturday birding basics hike

KODAK — A hike of approximately three miles is planned for Saturday at Seven Islands State Birding Park. The event, which costs $5 and is open to all ages, introduces participants to the basics of bird watching.

Registrants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Bluebird Barn. The hike lasts until about noon. Attendance is limited to 10, and face masks are required when social distancing is not possible.

There is also a $5 woodcock walk planned for Saturday, 5:45-7:30 p.m., to search for ground-dwelling American woodcocks. To register, email or call 865-407-8335. Seven Islands is located at 2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak. Information is available at