Story Time in Public Libraries

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KSO Library Story Time:

A KSO string quartet and narrator combine children’s literature with classical selections, sound effects, and hands-on learning for young students.

  • 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
  • Free and open to the public
  • 2020-2021 program: KSO Favorites from Story Times past, to be presented virtually next spring
  • Featured books and music to be announced in February


2020 – 2021 Library Story Time Schedule in Knox County Public School Library Branches and East Tennessee Public Libraries

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced that the 2020-21 season start will be postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts and other KSO programs previously scheduled for the remainder of 2020 have been canceled out of concern for the health and safety of patrons, musicians and staff. Any public library patrons who had planned to attend story time in a Knox County Public Library Branch, please click here to sign up for virtual story times.


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

Thank you to our 2020-2021 Library Story Time Sponsors: Pellissippi State Community College and Nora Roberts Foundation.


Better Than Cookies, As Good As Cake

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 Click here to watch a digital reading of this story (accompanied by KSO musicians).

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