Who are we?
Sequatchie County Friends of the Library (FOTL) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt,
charitable, volunteer non-profit organized to support the Sequatchie
County Library. The Friends advocate for governmental library funding
and provide funding for and services to the library. Without the additional
funding and services delivered by the Friends, the library would be
unable to provide the level of service its patrons have come to expect.
Its membership consists of library patrons who become members to
support the library and its services to the community, to "give back" to
the library in some way the service the library has given to them.
FRIENDS OF THE SEQUATCHIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
What is upcoming?
What have we done lately?
How do I join?
The FOTL is a non-profit membership organization, with tax-deductible annual
Amount Membership Type
$ 5 Individual
$ 10 Family
$ 25 Contributor/Business
You may pick up a membership form at the library. Once you complete the form, you may deliver it, along with a
check or cash for your dues to the librarians or a FOTL member. If you prefer, you may mail the completed form,
along with the check for your dues, to: FOTL, Sequatchie County Public Library, 227 Cherry Street, Dunlap,
We especially appreciate all who remember membership renewal is required each January and renew their
memberships without further reminder. This helps to cut down on costs and volunteer time! Each year please
complete a new membership form by either downloading it from this site or by obtaining one at the library.
Change of Address
To change your membership address over the Internet, please send an e-mail with your new address to
LucyS@bledsoe.net. If you have it, please send the entire nine-digit ZIP code for your new address. Also
please send your telephone number and your email address.
How can I help?
When you look at our membership form, you will see it allows you to tell us what volunteer areas interest you. There
are plenty of opportunities for regular volunteer service or one-time help. We always need volunteers for the two
book sales a year, the story hour, and the summer reading program, but there are a number of ways you can help.
We would particularly like help with fundraising for the Imagination Library. Please use the link in this sentence or
the navigation button above to see the important work being done by the Imagination Library in Sequatchie County.
Later add volunteer role descriptions
Make a Monetary Donation
A $15 contribution to the Imagination Library funds a monthly age appropriate book mailing to one Sequatchie
County child, aged birth to five years for one year. A donation to honor someone or to remember someone may be
used for any of the funding needs of the library from a book purchase to matching funds for a technology grant. If you
wish to honor someone or to give a gift in someone’s memory, please deliver your gift to an FOTL member or to a
member of the library’s staff. Gift forms are available at local funeral homes, too. If you wish, you will receive a
receipt for your tax deductible gift.
Tell your state and local governmental officials just how important the library is to you.
Donate Used Books
Please donate your books, videos, CDs, and magazines to us for our bi-annual sales. Your donations provide
others in our community with very low-cost access to reading and audio and video materials, decrease the burden
on our landfills, and yield a tax deduction for you as well.
On Thursday, July 7, 2016, the Friends will take a tour to Bluff View Arts
District in Chattanooga, TN. It's open to the public. If you are interested in
participating, please leave your name and contact information at the
Sequatchie County Library. On August 18 at 6pm CT we will host a
presentation at the Dunlap City Training Center. The presentation is entitled
Slavery By Another Name. This presentations is part of the "Created Equal:
America’s Civil Rights Struggle," an initiative made possible through a major
grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with
the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. On August 25, 2016 our
next book sale will open to the public. These book sales not only raise
money for the library, but permit local residents to buy books, videos, and
other materials for a fraction of what they cost elsewhere.
Our meetings regularly take place each month on the 2nd Tuesday
beginning at 4:15pm. Our standing committees include the Imagination
Library committee, the book sale committee, the genealogy committee, the
nominating committee, the publicity committee, the membership committee,
and the finance committee. Any of these committees welcome new
Our big fund raisers are our bi-annual book sales. Our 2016 book sale and silent auction
bought in over $2000. In Spring 2016 we had over 500 visitors to our annual "Art and the
Library Exhibition," and forty-six artists participated. Our January 2016 annual meeting
featured Dr. Tom Navin from the CDC who spoke about his experiences in West Africa
battling the ebola outbreak . During the year we finance many extras for the library and
its services, and Friends volunteers assist with many library events, like summer reading.
Forty-six artists participated in the April-May 2016 Art & the Library Exhibition. More than 500 visitors
enjoyed seeing the work displayed, which was extremely varied this year, including beautiful
photography. The Friends Art Committee mounts the exhibition each spring.
This year's People's Choice Award went to local
artist Steve Pickett. Visitors to the exhibition
loved his New Girl Friend.
Our 2016 Annual Meeting speaker was Dr.
Tom Navin (left) from the CDC, who spoke
about his experience battling the ebola virus
in West Africa. Our new President Terry
Ernest (right) thanked him for his excellent