8/30/21: Update on Children's Programming

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases among local children and the subsequent closure of nearby schools, Smyrna Public Library will be cancelling in-person library programs for children until further notice. Children below the age of 12 are currently ineligible for COVID-19 vaccinations and are among the most vulnerable populations for virus transmission and infection.

During September, Smyrna Library will offer recorded Storytime videos, which will be posted on Facebook on Wednesdays at 10am. The library will also offer children’s activity kits on a first-come-first-serve basis, which will be available each week for pickup in the Youth Services Department.

In-person library programs for adults and teens/tweens, ages 12 and up, will continue until further notice. Under current CDC guidance, masks and social distancing are highly recommended for in-person gatherings.

Smyrna Library will be monitoring local school policies and county infection rates closely throughout the month of September. The library will update the public in October on the status of in-person children’s programming. Thank you for your time and attention.

Virtual Storytime (September 2021)

New videos will be posted every Wednesday at 10am on Facebook and Youtube.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Rutherford County Library System would like to take this opportunity to remind you to participate in our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program! Please call or stop by Youth Services at any of our branches for more information on this free program. 

Books From Birth

Governor's Books from Birth Foundation -- Thanks to Rutherford Books from Birth, your preschool age child can receive a free book by mail every month. Visit Rutherford Books from Birth to find out more or register online!

To register your child (ages 5 and below) or to update your mailing address, contact Elsa Britt at 615-962-7424.

Quest Kits

Stop by the Youth Services Department each week to pickup first-come-first-serve children's activity kits! Geared toward ages 6-12.

Read With Maggie (social-distanced sessions)

Children working on their reading skills can sit and read to a certified Music City Pet Partners therapy dog, Maggie! Registration is required and each session with Maggie is 15 minutes.

This Fall, Maggie will be visiting the Smyrna Public Library on the third Thursday of each month:

Thursday, October 21st (3:30-5pm)
Thursday, November 18th (3:30-5:00pm)
Thursday, December 16th (3:30-5:00pm)

You can email smyrnalibraryyouthservicestn@gmail.com
or call/text 615-930-0948 today to reserve your time slot!

Summer Reading Program

Our 2021 Summer Reading program has officially ended, but rest assured that your local librarians are working hard to prepare for 2022 Summer Reading! Feel free to check back from time to time for updates on themes and dates.

Note: Summer Reading volunteer applications will become available in March 2022.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) (in-person)

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at Smyrna Public Library is a group of teens dedicated to supporting and promoting the Smyrna Public Library.

Being a TAB member involves:

  • Helping Smyrna Library's Youth Services Department implement quality young adult programming (book displays, events, clubs, and more!)
  • Gaining valuable skills through library service.
  • Networking with library staff for professional recommendations.
  • Building a young adult community and making friends at the Smyrna Library!
  • Creating the types of events and programming YOU want to see at your library.

The mission of the Smyrna Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is to proactively seek out new ideas and projects to improve how Smyrna Library serves the young adult community (ages 12-18).

Smyrna Library's Teen Advisory Board meets on the second Saturday of each month at 2:00pm

For any questions concerning TAB at Smyrna Public Library, please email: jromines@rclstn.org

Teen Time (in-person)

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 4:00pm, young adults ages 12-18 can swing by the library to enjoy various events (board game cafe, taste tests, vintage gaming, and more!)

Young Adult Book Club on Saturday, October 9th (in-person)

Young adults (ages 13-18) are invited to discuss Scythe by Neal Shusterman on Saturday, October 9th, at 3:30pm in the Youth Services Department. (Hot drinks included!)

For more information, please contact jromines@rclstn.org.

Teen Volunteers at Smyrna Public Library

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Smyrna Public Library. This section is intended for Teen Volunteers ages 13-18 (if you are 18+, please contact Stephanie Jones at sjones@rclstn.org or Al Brittain at abrittain@rclstn.org). 

Please be advised that we are no longer accepting teen volunteers for the 2021 Fall season. If you are still interested in volunteering, please contact the Youth Services Department (jromines@rclstn.org) in December to complete a Spring Volunteer Application.

Teen General Interest Form

This application is intended for young adults (ages 14-17) who wish to create a young adult event in the library's meeting space. (If you are 18+ and wishing to start a program, please do not fill out this application. Instead, you may contact Stephanie Jones at sjones@rclstn.org or Al Brittain at abrittain@rclstn.org for more information on adult programming.) Young adult programs can be anything from book clubs to board game nights to poetry slams-- the choice is up to YOU. Just complete this form and the library's Youth Services Department will be in contact soon. (Please allow up to 48 business hours after submission for us to contact you.)

Teen General Interest Form

Welcome to the Smyrna Public Library Story Book Walk!

Visit Smyrna Public Library's Story Book Walk to follow a picture book walking trail around the library! The Story Book Walk encourages children to walk and read along with a new story book each week to promote literacy, physical activity, and family fun.

New books will be posted on the first and third Thursdays of each month:

Thursday, September 2nd

Thursday, September 16th

Our Current Sponsor

Thank you to Smyrna's branch librarian Ginger Graves for sponsoring the September 2021 Story Book Walk!

Contact us about the Story Book Walk

To help us keep track of our Story Book Walkers, please let us know how many children and adults visited our Story Book Walk by text at 615-930-0948 or email at SmyrnaLibraryYouthServicesTN@gmail.com! 

We also invite you to like and follow our Smyrna Story Book Walk Facebook page to stay up to date on the newest story books! 

Interested in being a Story Book Walk sponsor? Contact aclark@rclstn.org for more info! 

2022 Summer Reading Program

Our 2021 Summer Reading program has officially ended, but rest assured that your local librarians are working hard to prepare for 2022 Summer Reading!
Feel free to check back from time to time for updates on themes and dates.

Note: We are no longer accepting teen volunteers. 2022 Summer Reading volunteer applications will become available in March 2022.

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