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LEGO lessons hidden in play at Karns Library

Nancy Anderson, Shopper News

Karns Branch Library is slowly returning to regular programming, including the LEGO Club, held May 21.

Desk Assistant II Paula Davis said the LEGO Club is one of her favorite programs because she gets to see the kids being creative.

Desk Assistant Paula Davis organizes a few of the 14 bins of LEGOs at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022. She said the LEGO Club was one of her favorite activities because she gets to see creativity in motion.

“The kids… and adults too… mom and dad are welcome to lend a hand to their kids… all seem to enjoy the LEGO Club. We have a ridiculous amount of LEGOs and the only limitation is imagination. I love to see all the creations come to life.”

Millie Jerviss, 9, digs deep into her bin of LEGOs hoping for inspiration at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022.

“LEGOs speak to every child especially when they see how many we have. We have a whole big box of LEGO people, just people. So we have more than they would probably have at home. I think the kids can see the endless possibilities. We have about 15 containers of LEGOs.”

Easton Baumgardner, 9, builds a naval base complete with defensive turrets at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022.

LEGOs bring out the creativity in a child, but they also teach the child to share. With thousands upon thousands of LEGO pieces, competition for a certain piece can easily be redirected.

Desk Assistant Mae Hall explains the rules at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022.

There are many skill sets involved in LEGO play. There’s math and science, there’s understanding of space, and the physics of how to build things. There’s planning and testing. If the plan doesn’t work, try again. Those are invaluable lessons hidden in play.

Lydia Jerviss, 6, has a build underway, but she said she's not quite sure what it is yet at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022.

The LEGO Club was made possible in 2018 with a generous donation from the Karns High School Alumni Class of 1968.

Just barely underway, Easton Baumgardner, 9, builds a naval base with defensive turrets at the monthly LEGO Club held at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022. He says it will have many airplanes by the time he's finished.

The LEGO Club was on hold during the pandemic, as was all group programming, but Davis and the rest of the staff made sure there was something fun for the kids to do at the library.

Dad John Johnson of Hardin Valley gets in on the build with his two sons, Ayvre (left) and Ayce, at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022.

“We couldn’t have groups, so we made up To Go Crafts. We put everything needed for a fun craft in a paper bag and sent it home to be assembled. Of course, there was always a book or two to companion the craft,” Davis said.

Ayce Johnson, 8, selects his favorite pieces from a bin filled with LEGOs at the monthly LEGO Club at Karns Branch Library Saturday, May 21, 2022.

The only bad thing about LEGO Club is the kids can’t take home their creations. The LEGOs stay at the library, but the creations are put on display for a month until the next LEGO Club.

Check out the online calendar for more programming coming soon.



A banker in a sombrero gives Powell all the love

Al Lesar, Shopper News

Heating up a cold call has allowed Adrian Allman to find a niche in the Powell community.

When Allman took over as the manager of the Powell branch of First Horizon Bank on March 1, he immersed himself among the business people who make the tight-knit locale function so well.

First Horizon Bank Powell branch manager Adrian Allman models the hat adorned with business cards from people in the community that earned his branch second place in the Knoxville competition.

“There are so many ‘mom and pops’ (businesses) that make this place great,” Allman said. “I see this as servant leadership. We want to help make the businesses a success, which will help make the branch a success.”

Just a couple months into the job, Allman, who lives in Powell, repped his clientele in a competition the bank had for the more than dozen branches in the Knoxville area. The focus of the event was to figure a way to present your community.

He put a notice out on the “I Love Powell” Facebook site looking for as many business cards from Powell merchants as possible. He took more than 25 cards that had been submitted and completely decorated a hat.

“We came in second,” Allman said. “It was just fun getting to know everyone and having them get to know me.”

Maryann (left) and Adrian Allman represent First Horizon Bank at an Easter egg hunt in April 2022.

Changing to ‘banker’s hours’

Allman hasn’t been a banker his entire professional life. He grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and was in management at a big box store.

“We’ve got a 4- and 7-year-old (boys) and I was missing time with them,” he said. “When we were working in the store, we’d talk about ‘banker’s hours.’ When I had the chance, I gave it a try.”

Allman had the chance two years ago when aging relatives in East Tennessee needed someone nearby. He thought that as long as he was changing scenery, it was a good time to change profession. He took the necessary classes, then found a home with First Horizon.

First Horizon Bank Powell branch staff members include (from left) Melissa, Kristi, Maryann, Panda and branch manager Adrian Allman.

“I like to think of myself as the Santa Claus in (the Christmas classic movie) ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’” Allman said. “When someone came to him looking for something that his store did not offer, he referred them to a store that did have it.

“I’m here to help people. I’ll do my best to help them. But, if they could find what they’re looking for somewhere else, I’ll tell them.”

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