The Rutherford County Library System enjoys additional support for building projects and other needs outside of the regular budget through branch Friends groups and the Library Foundation.

About the Foundation

"I cannot live without books" Thomas Jefferson

Linebaugh Library Foundation was created in 2001 as a means to fund long-term projects beyond the scope of available public monies, manage endowments, and encourage gifts, thereby meeting the needs and desires of Rutherford County's population.

The Foundation's goals are to enhance library services, be recognized as a venue for potential donors, maximize return on investments, and have a vehicle in place to aid in future capital projects, an example of which would be branch libraries in growth areas of our county.

The Foundation is equipped to receive private and corporate contributions by cash, single gift or annual gift; transfer of stock or personal or real property of value; designation as beneficiary under life insurance; bequests under wills; transfer or conveyance of any interest in property. Linebaugh Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation established as a public benefit corporation.

Rutherford County Library System [RCLS] is operated by the Joint Board of Directors and funded by Rutherford County and the cities of Murfreesboro, Smyrna and Eagleville.

RCLS Accomplishments

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best return" Benjamin Franklin

Look what Rutherford County Library System accomplished in 2015-2016 alone!

  • RCLS contains 260,819 items and services a population of 254,632
  • 475,829 people visited our four locations or bookmobile.
  • 1,084,849 items were checked out at LPLS libraries.
  • 219,002 e-audio.e-books/digital magazines were downloaded over the past year.
  • 277,871 users accessed our databases.
  • 311,419 visitors used library computers with 1,164 attending computer classes.
  • 61,270 people attended programs

Imagine what can be done in the future!

  • Meet the community's increasing need for information.
  • More branch libraries to enrich resources for our growing population.
  • Increase computer and Internet access for library patrons.
  • Enhance collections and technology at existing libraries.
How you can be a part

"Knowledge and human power are synonymous" Francis Bacon

The Foundation is equipped to receive private and corporate contributions by cash, single gift or annual gift; transfer of stock or personal or real property of value; designation as beneficiary under life insurance; bequests under wills; transfer or conveyance of any interest in property.

Currently, the Foundation is working on raising funds for operating expenses for the new Technology Engagement Center [TEC]. The TEC will be located on the Hobgood Elementary School campus and is scheduled to open early 2018.

For gifts of securities or other assets, please contact Rita Shacklett at 615-893-4131, ext. 112.

Invest in our community's future by allocating your contribution to:

  • Expansion into new branch libraries and community technology centers.
  • Named Funds ($20,000 minimum) (e.g., Lasseter Fund).
  • Your generous past support helped build a stronger, more comprehensive library system. Please continue to make a difference in the community with your financial donation. You may mail or bring in person your completed Donation Form to the Linebaugh Public Library.

  • Unrestricted Fund to be used by the Foundation Board for special projects.
  • Other (A specific project you would like to create and support.) Please contact Rita Shacklett at 615-893-4131, ext. 112.
Linebaugh Library Foundation Board Members

"Reading: the key which admits us to the whole world of thought and fancy and imagination." James Russell Lowell

Joy Ash-Galland
Charlie Baum
Jamie Burriss, Secretary
Helene Poulan Colvin
Whitley Foster
Rick Lalance
Lance Lee
Ashley McFarland
Mike Pirtle, Vice-Chair
Ben Weatherford, Chair
Scott Walker, Treasurer


General Information

The Linebaugh Library Foundation meets in the Linebaugh Library Board Room at 4:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the following months: January, April, August, and October. If you are interested in serving on the Foundation Board, please contact Rita Shacklett at 615-893-4131, x112 or

Donations may be tax deductible. Linebaugh Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation established as a public benefit corporation.

Rutherford County Library System is operated by the Library Board and funded by Rutherford County and the cities of Murfreesboro, Smyrna and Eagleville.

Contact Information

Linebaugh Library Foundation

105 West Vine Street

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-225-8312


Friends of Linebaugh Library [FOLL] is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1981 to promote the Library and its activities through exhibits, special programming, and library materials beyond the regular resources of the Library.

Sign up to join Friends today! PDF iconFriends Membership form

Volunteer with Friends

For questions or comments, email:

As a member of The Friends of Linebaugh you give your time and talents, but you get some great benefits:

  • Admittance to the Preview Book Sales
  • Email notices of library events
  • Email notices of Friends book sales and special events
  • The chance to raise money for your library

As a Friend Volunteer, you can:

  • Help with book sales, sort books, set up, act as cashier
  • Volunteer at any library location with flexible hours and a variety of duties
  • Work at the FOLL Bookstore, the library store for gently used books
  • Raise money in the community
  • Inform the public about the library


  • Security system for library materials
  • Library furnishings for the current building
  • Library automation system
  • Bookdrops
  • Computer software
  • Coffee maker
  • Yearly programming and supplies for the Summer Reading Programs
  • $10,000 toward the purchase of the new Bookmobile
  • Ice machine
  • Sponsor book and author events
  • Sponsor the Pen Pal program to bring authors into area elementary schools.
2018 Friends of Linebaugh Library Board

Linda Vile, President
Patricia Freeman, Vice President
Antoinette van Zelm, Secretary
Jay Fusco, Treasurer

Susan Beuerlein
Joyce Cunningham
Linda Gill
Eva Graalman
Jon Jacques
Elizabeth Kobeck
Vicki Lewis
Sandra Pineault
Sally Schneider

Friends of Smyrna Library (FOSL) is a 501© (3) nonprofit organization formed to promote the Smyrna Library and its activities through special programs, exhibits, and materials beyond regular resources of the library.

If you would like to volunteer with the Friends of Smyrna Library, please fill out our PDF iconVolunteer Survey Form.

To join, complete the PDF iconFOSL membership formLike us on Facebook today!

Contact  FOSL at

For information about Smyrna Friends, contact the Smyrna Library at (615) 459-4884.

Little Friends Library Adoption Information

Your Little Friends Library will be given to you assembled, primed and ready for finishing. You will complete it with exterior paint, roofing and any unique decoration you choose.

Decide where you can legally and safely install the Library on your property. Contact the Town of Smyrna Codes Department to verify that the location you have chosen is within code requirements. The location should have a lot of foot traffic and be highly visible to anyone nearby.

Identify at least one person to be responsible for the LFL. This person is:

  • Responsible for upkeep and maintenance of their LFL, keeping it clean, dry and free of debris.
  • Responsible in keeping the LFL supplied with books.
  • Responsible for installation of the LFL in the location provided to FOSL. If you decide to mount LFL on a post, it is your responsibility to supply the materials needed. Mounting post information and instructions are readily available on the internet.
  • Responsible for providing the FOSL Board contact information for owner of the LFL, including telephone number, address email.

Note: If needed, Friends of Smyrna Library will provide a selection of books to stock your LFL upon installation. Additional books for placement will be the responsibility of the LFL owner.

PDF iconSMY Friends Little Library Application.pdf

Friends of Smyrna Library Board- 2018

Roseanne Peppers - President

Robert J. Myers - Vice President

Betsy Waldron - Secretary

Joel Parks - Treasurer

Rebecca Lucier Cowan

Cindy Harmon

Brittany Stevens

Volunteer at Smyrna

Helping cut crafts out for story time programs
Helping call patrons about book holds
Shelf Reading
Serving on a committee:

  • Nominating

  • Fundraiser-Annual

  • Hospitality

  • Public Relations

  • Membership

Serving on the Board in the future
Helping to man the FOSL booth at Depot Days to promote our organization
Helping to write grants
Helping to man the Annual Scholastic Book Fair

  • This involves handling money, charge cards, checks and running the credit card machine


FOSL October 2016 -October 2017 Accomplishments
  • Members provided Halloween Candy for Story Time -October 2016
  • for Halloween in the Park – Candy and Booth Rent – October 2016
  • 2017 Winter Reading Program - $1,000 December, 2016
  • 2017 Movie License - $677
  • 2017 United for Libraries Membership - $50
  • 2017 Friends of Tennessee Libraries Membership - $55
  • for SPL Staff Members’ meals for the Staff Development Day – November 11, 2016
  • FOSL Board members provided drinks & desserts for Linebaugh Board Meeting at SPL - November, 2016
  • $20 Gift Cards for all SPL Staff for Christmas along with special breakfast treats -December 9, 2016
  • 2017 Summer Reading Program- $1,500
  • from Nissan -Stage 2 of Spruce Up Smyrna Library – February, 2017
  • Books in Cruisers-Collected and donated 100 books to Smyrna Police Department -March, 2017
  • Individual members provided snacks for the BE OUR GUEST Disney Party- March, 2017
  • Individual members provided candy and plastic eggs for Egg Hunt-March, 2017
  • Monthly Staff Goodies -provided once a month by individual FOSL members-started February 2017
  • FOSL members volunteer regularly to help shelf read, cut out crafts, clean, help with story time, programs, etc.
  • Paid approx. $800- materials and $10,000- labor for the Painting of the rest of the library -SUSL Project – 4/2017
  • $500 - Wal-Mart Grant– Summer Reading Program – May, 2017
  • $500 - Bridgestone Grant – Portable Puppet Stage – May, 2017
  • TLA/FOTL Friend of the Year Award – Large Library Winner -April 7, 2017
  • Book Cart- $442.39 April 2017
  • Members provided desserts for International Folk Fest Performers -June 15, 2017
  • United for Libraries Baker and Taylor Award – $1,000 check plus an engraved award -June 26, 2017
  • Little Friends Libraries -partnered with Ace Hardware, Crosslin Supply, Edward Waldron, & BSA Pack 380 to build and to place in the Smyrna Community 20 Little Friends Libraries
  • Phrase III renovations -Paid for the remaining flooring and installation- approx. $45,760; Moving books, etc. - approx.$29.630; Front Desk -approx. $10,000 -9/6/2017
  • $2500 -  MTEC Grant - to go towards the Front Desk cost – September 12, 2017
  • Presented a Little Friends Library to Smyrna Elementary -September 26, 2017
  • FOSL currently has 43 regular and 21 Lifetime Members with 29 actively participating in activities over and above their membership fee.

Established in 2017, Friends of Eagleville Bicentennial Public Library works to support and enhance the library. Raising money, giving their time and talents, telling others about the library -- that's what the Friends of Eagleville Library is all about.

2017 Officers

Patti Smotherman, President
Belinda Woodson, Vice-President
Katie Taylor, Secretary/Treasurer

To find out more, contact them at