Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Presentations from the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting of Friends of Tennessee Libraries


Kathy Dooley-Smith, president-elect of FOTL and current president of Friends of the Brentwood Library, leads a discussion about fundraising with Dick Burgess, volunteer coordinator and past president of the Blount County Friends; Sharon Smith, past president of Knox County Friends; Jacqueline Wallace, president of Memphis Friends; Diane Johnson, past president of the King Family Library Friends and current FOTL president; and Danielle Vélez, program manager of Imagination Library of Knox County. 


Martha Edington and Martha Gill, co-chairs of the Communications Committee of the Knox County Friends, talk about their experiences on social media during the pandemic and share some tips and resources.

Download a document containing links to social media resources here.

Contact the co-chairs of the Knox County Friends’ Communications Committee here.


Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill gives a brief update on the new State Library and Archives.

Learn more about the Tennessee State Library and Archives here.


Author Margaret Renkl discusses her 2019 book, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, and the weekly opinion column she writes for the New York Times with Martha Gill, a past president of FOTL and the current editor of the organization’s newsletters.

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