Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Founded in 1992, Friends of Tennessee Libraries (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.

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 financial investment in our libraries continues to grow, and FOTL intends to reinforce the front-line efforts of local Friends.


Important Dates

December 15, 2020 Deadline for nominating a group or individual for Friend of the Year

February 14, 2021 Deadline for nominating recipients of Appreciation Awards

February 14, 2021 Deadline for applications for $300 grants

April 24, 2021 Annual Meeting at the Brentwood Library (meeting will be held virtually if necessary)


Presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting

All presentations from the 2020 Annual Meeting have been archived on our website and can be viewed here.


Our Latest News

FOTL Newsletter: Fall 2020 (printed)

FOTL News: October 2020 (e-newsletter)


Resources for Friends and Library Advocates

FOTL has collected a number of resources on topics of interest to local Friends groups and library advocates. New resources will be added as they become available. Click on the images below to view the information by topic.

 


“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 of Friends of Libraries Week signed by Governor Bill Lee and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, August 2019