Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Welcome to Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Sandra Johnson, president of the Friends of the Monterey Branch Library, takes her therapy dog Webster to Story Time, where the three-year-old Yorkie engages young listeners and helps emphasize the importance of being safe around dogs. In May 2012 Friends of Tennessee Libraries recognized Sandra’s service to her community with a certificate of appreciation and a reward of $100.

Tellico Village has a new library, thanks largely to its Friends. Its courtyard is named in honor of the late Maryann Bork, a former president of Friends of Tennessee Libraries and a great champion of libraries and literacy.

In only four months the Friends of the Benton County Library raised $22,000 to restore state services to their library when the Maintenance of Effort contract had been breached. In April 2013 Friends of Tennessee Libraries and the Tennessee Library Association honored the Benton County Friends as Friend of the Year for their valiant service to their community.

These are only three of the stories that Friends of Tennessee Libraries has recently brought to its members across the state.

Founded in 1992, FOTL, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a network of volunteers.

  • We promote libraries and their Friends.
  • We support libraries and their Friends.
  • We advocate funding for libraries on a local, state, and national basis.

Please join us. As we work together, FOTL can build a strong, supportive network of citizens promoting the value of libraries as institutions essential to democracy. The urgent need for the financial investment in our libraries continues to grow, and FOTL intends to reinforce the front-line efforts of local Friends.

“The gifts of time and commitment by friends of libraries in Tennessee set a positive example of civic engagement that benefits both volunteers and their communities.”
—State of Tennessee Proclamation by Governor Bill Haslam and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, October 2012