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.
Our Spring Book Sale will begin March 4 with the Friends Sneak Preview
Sale. It will require many volunteers for setup, sales, and take down. On
February 23, we will host two presentations at the Sequatchie County High.
The presenter will be Professor David Hudson from Nashville, TN. The
lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Hudson’s remarks will focus on
the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case that struck down anti-interracial
marriage laws. These presentations are 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.
Our meetings regularly take place each month on the 2nd Tuesday
beginning at 4:30pm. On the same date our Book Discussion Group meets
at 7:00pm at the library. 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. We raised $3000 at our Fall 2014 book
sale to support the library. In Spring 2014 we had 464 visitors to our annual "Art and the
Library Exhibition," and forty-two artists participated. On May 8, 2014, at the Sequatchie
County High School auditorium, we hosted civil rights discussions, led by History
Lecturer Paul Coker from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in which 300 junior and
senior high school students participated. We hosted three Civil War presentations. Our
January 2015 annual meeting featured novelist Gregory Wade who wrote Broken Valley, a
first novel centered on events in Sequatchie Valley during the Civil War. The money we
have raised has allowed the Friends to fund a remodeling of the circulation area of the
library, which will help the staff work more efficiently on many tasks while serving the
public. We have also purchased many items making the library a more pleasant and
efficient place for all:
• Matching grant funds for two more computers
• An outdoor display case for the back door of the library
• A wheeled book cart
• New library brochures
• New library storage space
• A bluetooth portable address system for library and Friends events
• Purchased copies of Broken Valley for a book signing event
• A new Christmas tree
This year’s activities also include:
• Publishing the Friends and library newsletters
Maintaining library's web site and Facebook page
• A county fair display
• Helping with Summer Reading
• Monthly book discussion group
• Funding and supporting Imagination Library
• Genealogy workshops
Social outings include a trip to the Curtain Call Playhouse in Crossville, TN, and a tour of
the downtown Chattanooga library followed by visits to art galleries and lunch.
A huge turnout appeared for the fall 2013 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.
extremely threatening weather.
We added a People's Choice Award, which was
won by a painting entitled "Barn in Williamson