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 are planning some events “just for fun.” In June in place of our regular
business meeting, we will attend either the Cumberland Playhouse or a
dinner theatre in Crossville. Two of our members are working on a July
event, a tour of the Chattanooga library and visits to some Chattanooga art
galleries, along with lunch. Setup for our Fall Book Sale will begin
September 29, and the Friends sneak preview will open on the afternoon of
October 1. The sale will open to the public October 2-4.
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 $1650 at our Spring 2014
book sale to support the library. 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. Later in May we hosted a Civil War presentation entitled
Let's Make Georgia Howl. Our February 2014 annual meeting presentation about World
War I was also well received. The money we have raised has allowed the Friends to
purchase many items making the library a more pleasant and efficient place for all:
• Shelving for the library
• New Magazine rack
• Table and equipment for Genealogy Room
• New Children’s Computer
• Upgrade to shelving and panels inside library
• Cards to advertise book sales
• New printer
• Susan Gilmore/Spartan Industries Event & Scrapbook
This year’s activities also include:
• A Halloween Quilt Raffle
• Publishing the Friends and Library Newsletters
Maintaining Library's Web Site and Facebook Page
• A County Fair Booth
• Flag Retirement Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Wall with the Boy Scouts
• Helping with Summer Reading
• Participating in “Give Kids a Chance” program
• Civil War History Presentation in September
• Sponsoring the Imagination Library Program
• Monthly Book Discussion Group
• Collecting and donating old eyeglasses for the RAM program
Trip to Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theater
Trip to American Watercolor Society Exhibit in Tullahoma
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.
We opened the 2014 Art & the Library Exhibition with a reception which was very well-attended, despite
extremely threatening weather.
We added a People's Choice Award, which was
won by a painting entitled "Barn in Williamson