Join the Friends of the Library
Because The Sequatchie County Friends of the Library, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization (non-profit), annual due are tax-deductible.
Come by the Sequatchie County Public Library to fill out a membership form.
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:
Sequatchie County Public Library
227 Cherry Street
Dunlap, TN 37327
When & Where
Do the Friends of the Library Meet?
At 4PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, the Friends of the Library meet at the Fair Building – 103 Heard St.
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.
Who are the Friends of the Library?
You are! Anyone can be a Friend of the Library. Friends of the Library recognize that our public library is a vital community resource and volunteer their time to help support, promote, and raise funds to help the library continue to serve our community with distinction.
What do the Friends of the Library do?
Friends of the Library participate in volunteer activities that support the community and library. They also support children’s activities like the summer reading program, partner with the Imagination Library, sponsor art exhibits feature local artists held in conjunction with Valley Fest, promote book signings and community events, and encourage a monthly book discussion group focused on local authors and local interests.
Some of the Friends of the Library’s largest and most successful ongoing projects are highlights below.
Art Exhibition at Valley Fest
The Sequatchie County Friends of the Library has sponsored the Art Exhibition at Valley Fest since 2013 – providing a venue for artists to share their work and adding a unique facet to the festival.
This year 45 artists exhibited their work. Attendees got to vote for the People’s Choice award in two categories:
- 2 Dimensional Work – Winner: Donna Crowe, Old Chevy Truck
- 3 Dimensional Work – Winner: Phil Kiper, Folk Art Cabinet
The library offered a free water color painting program for children 12 & under for 2 hours on Saturday at the Art Exhibition.
The Friends of the Library Mini-Booksales
Starting May 13, 2022, the Friends of the Library will host a mini-booksale every Friday from 9am to 12pm in the front hallway of the library!
Proceeds directly support our library! All Sales will be Cash Only.
Due to space constraints, the selection of books will be limited. Sales are first come, first serve.
The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale
Friends volunteer to recycle books for the book sales held twice a year. Proceeds directly support our library.
Donated books that don’t be come part of library’s collection go to the book sale!
Next Book Sale Dates
Fall 2022 – TBD
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
Little Free Libraries
Cagle Community Center
Fredonia Community Center
5240 Fredonia Road
312 Resource Road
Lewis Chapel Community Center
4760 Henson Gap Road
Sequatchie County Courthouse
Gazebo By the Library
35.37106, -85.39142 *
Griffith Elementary School
173 Jones Drive
John Griswold Recreation Park
Park Entrance Drive
Daus Community Center
Daus Community Center Road
35.31578, -85.43376 *
How do Little Free Libraries work?
A Little Free Library is a free book-sharing box where anyone may take a book or share a book. They function on the honor system. You do not need to share a book in order to take one. If you take a book or two from a little library, try to bring some to share to that same library, or another in your area, when you can.
Do I need a library card to use the Little Free Libraries?
No. You don’t need anything but a desire to read!
I have a question or comment about the Little Free Libraries
Contact the library by phone or at firstname.lastname@example.org. While the Sequatchie County Public Library itself doesn’t tend the Little Free Libraries, we will pass on comments or concerns to the Friends of the Library.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
How did it begin?
In 1996 Dolly Parton created the Imagination Library for the children in Sevier County. She sought to foster a love of reading among pre-schoolers.
In May 2004, Tennessee Governor Bredesen created the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) to serve as a catalyst and tangible resource to local leaders seeking to establish their own countywide Imagination Library program. The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation staff is charged with raising state-wide funds, administering the Imagination Library state-wide, and providing support, training and resources to county efforts. To assist in the county-wide efforts, the Governor obtained funds from the Tennessee General Assembly to provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds.
What is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library?
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.
Why bring the Imagination Library to Sequatchie County?
When the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation was established, statistics revealed that thousands of Tennessee children are in desperate need of early education resources. At that time thousands of children started kindergarten each year never having owned or even seen a book:
- 35% of kindergarteners start school completely unprepared to learn
- 45% of Tennessee fourth graders read below grade level.
The program serves to encourage reading and improve school readiness. This program is also a key selling point in attracting industry and points are given in the Three Star Community program for implementing the Imagination Library.
How does the Imagination Library operate in Sequatchie County?
The Sequatchie County Friends of the Library agreed to serve as the lead non-profit organization in the County for the Imagination Library. Its members raised funding to provide this service to children and its members visits schools, family fairs, and the like to register children. All counties are eligible for funds from the GBBF, but any organization sponsoring the program must provide a 50-50 funding match. At present the cost of providing books to one child is $30 per year, so the Friends must provide $15 for each child per year. According to the 2000 census, there are approximately 745 children in the relevant age bracket living in our county, and over 400 children are presently registered to receive books.
How Can I Help?
The most pressing need is for funding to continue this program. The Sequatchie County Friends of the Library, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization allowing it to be eligible as the local lead sponsor. Donations to fund the Imagination Library are tax deductible. Please pledge to sponsor at least one child’s books each year.
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.