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.
We sponsored so many events in early fall we are taking a breather right
now, but stay tuned, as we usually plan one nice event before the holidays.
Our meetings regularly take place each month on the 2nd Tuesday
beginning at 4:30pm. Our standing committees include the Imagination
Library committee, the book sale committee, the genealogy committee, the
nominating committee, the publicity and public relations committee, the
membership committee, and the finance committee. Any of these
committees welcome new members.
Our big fund raisers are our bi-annual book sales. We raised $2800 at our September
2013 book sale to support the library. Readers really enjoyed our February adult reading
program. We had 468 visitors to our annual April 2013 "Art and the Library Exhibition,"
and forty-eight artists participated. Our summer reading "Dig into Reading" booth at
Valley Fest was a huge hit with the kids, who loved digging in the sandbox. The money
we have raised has allowed the Friends to purchase many items making the library a
more pleasant and efficient place for all:
• New Shelving
• Microsoft Office program for the FOTL computer
• Plastic mats for under office chairs
• New chairs for the library staff
• Book carts
• Paid to paint downstairs bathroom
• Paid for cleaning library carpets
• Bought computer, printer, wireless card and flip pad mobile scanner for genealogy
• Business cards to advertise the book sale dates
Aside from making purchases to improve the library, the Friends participate in many
activities throughout the year. This year’s activities include:
• Book Sales in March and September
• Art Show featuring local artists
• Booth at Valley Fest
• The September Spartan Reunion & Book Signing, The Funeral Dress by author Susan
• Flag Retirement Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Wall with the Boy Scouts
• Helping with Summer Reading & Story Hour
• FOTL Newsletters
• Participating in “Give Kids a Chance” program
• Civil War History Presentation in September
• Sponsoring the Imagination Library Program
A huge turnout appeared for the Spartan
Factory Reunion & Homecoming. Author
Susan Gregg Gilmore was there to sign her
book The Funeral Dress based upon the
lives of those workers.
Author Gilmore (yellow blouse front) with
those Friends members who hosted the
reunion, homecoming, and book signing.