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

Rutherford County 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 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 the Rutherford County Library System accomplished in 2018-2019 alone!

  • RCLS contains 239,150 items and services a population of 289,071
  • 603,759 people visited our five locations or bookmobile.
  • 1,273,816 items were checked out at RCLS libraries.
  • 243,619 e-audio.e-books/digital magazines were downloaded over the past year.
  • 650,548 users accessed our databases.
  • 390,562 visitors used library computers with 550 attending computer classes.
  • 75,938 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 which opened in August, 2018.

For gifts of securities or other assets, please contact Rita Shacklett at 615-962-7424.

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 615-962-7424.
Rutherford County Library Foundation Board Members

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

Dana Adams
Charlie Baum
Gloria Bonner
Ginger Boone
Courtney Chavez
Whitley Foster, Secretary
Brett Garner
Michelle Griffith
Rick Lalance
Lance Lee, Chair
Pettus Read, Vice-Chair
John Trail
Scott Walker, Treasurer




General Information

The Rutherford County Library Foundation meets at the RCLS Administrative Offices (1127B Dow Street) 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 615-962-7424 or

Donations may be tax deductible. Rutherford County 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

Rutherford County Library Foundation

105 West Vine Street

Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-962-7424


Friends of Linebaugh Library [FOLL] is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1981 to promote the interest and welfare of Linebaugh Public Library as a cultural, educational, and recreational asset to the city of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, including contributing to reading engagement in the local community via donations of books and educational materials to non-profit, community, and governmental agencies.

Book Sales

While the bookstore is closed for book sales, we are allowing shoppers to make appointments to shop in the Friends’ Bookstore. We only allow four people into the bookstore at a time including FOLL volunteers, and everyone must wear a mask while in the store. If you are interested in making an appointment to shop, email and we will find a time for you to shop.

We also are selling gift certificates. If you email a form will be sent to you which must be completed and returned with payment to the Friends of Linebaugh Library, PO Box 2903, Murfreesboro TN 37133-2903. A gift certificate will be mailed to you to give and the recipient can email the Friends to make an appointment to shop.


Sign up to join Friends today! 2021 Membership Form

Volunteer with Friends

Help support FOLL through amazonsmile: Friends of the Linebaugh Public Library

Make a donation to Friends of Linebaugh Library to show your support!

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


  • Provided library patrons with Book Pages
  • Membership luncheon in January with award-winning author Phyllis Gobbell
  • Provided the Summer Reading Program for Linebaugh Library
  • Purchased a heavy-duty book cart for the bookstore
  • Thanked our Board of Directors, bookstore, and Linebaugh volunteers with lunch at Cheddar's in July
  • Contributed $500 a month toward the TEC utilities (2nd of three-year committment)
  • Provided lunch for Staff Development Day in October for Linebaugh, MGL, and TEC staff.
  • Provided funds for holiday events at Linebaugh Library
  • Provided $10 for each employee of Linebaugh Library, MGL, and the TEC for Christmas
  • Brought author Heidi Heilig for Pen Pal events in six schools and an event at Linebaugh Library
  • Provided refreshments for Chamber After Hours event at the TEC
  • Held 8 public sales and 2 member bookstore sales as well as on-going $1 a bag sales in the library
  • Had thousands of volunteer hours in the bookstore
  • Donated books to various non-profit community groups.


2021 Friends of Linebaugh Library Board

Sandra Pineault, President
Bearl Beasley, Vice President
Tracy Freeman, Secretary
Debbie Perry, Treasurer

Eva Graalman
Dianne Hall
Margaret McKinley
Sonny Perry
Ken Vanderpool
Antoinette van Zelm
Linda Vile
Lois Walker


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.

Giving Matters

Make a donation to Friends of Smyrna Library to show your support!


Support Friends of Smyrna Library simply by shopping on AmazonSmile.

Kroger Community Rewards

Help FOSL raise money by designating EJ558 - Friends of Smyrna Library as your nonprofit choice at

Kroger Plus Shopper's card

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 - 2021

Brittany Stevens - President

Aaron Lovett - Vice President

Sherri Allen - Treasurer

Theresa Pickett - Secretary

Jeremy Byrd

Becky (Whitlock) Carter

Steve Fuchar

Carol Kersey

Sylvanye “Sam” Roh

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 Event
  • Hospitality
  • Public Relations
  • Membership
  • Serving on the Board in the future
  • Helping to work the FOSL booth at Depot Days to promote our organization
  • Helping to write grants
  • Helping to work the Annual Scholastic Book Fair which involves handling money, charge cards, checks and running the credit card machine


Friends of Smyrna Library Accomplishments October 2019 to October 2020
  • 2020 Friends of Tennessee Libraries Membership
  • 2020 United for Libraries Membership
  • Candy for 2019 Halloween in the Park - $500
  • FOSL members donated candy/stickers for SPL Story Time Trick or Treat - October 2019
  • FOSL Members manned the 2019 SPL Annual Scholastic Book Fair - Nov./Dec. 2019
  • Breakfast and Gift Cards for SPL Staff – December 2019
  • $100 - Retirement Gift for Sandy Kaiser, SPL Youth Services
  • 2020 Movie License - $769
  • Rotary Grant -$1,000 - January 2020
  • 2020 “Souper” Friends Membership Drive - February 1, 2020
  • FOSL Board Retreat – February 8, 2020
  • 2020 WKH Winter Reading - $800
  • Top Reader Award in memory of Dan Whittle –2020 WKH WRP Program-Gift Card - $25
  • 2020 SRP T-Shirts for SPL Staff - $127
  • Wal-Mart Grant - $500- Summer Reading Program
  • SRP Story Book Walk - $600
  • FOSL’s Profile on Giving Matters completed
  • Top Reader Award in honor of Sandy Kaiser – 2020 SRP – Gift Card -$25 X 2 (had a tie for first place)
  • September Story Book Walk - $90
  • Obtained sponsorships from people/businesses in the community to continue the SPL Story Book Walk past September
  • Book Sales - Used and Hoover Book - $1010.28
  • Walter King Hoover Book Sales - $80.00
  • 2020 Amazon Smiles Receipts - $14.50
  • 2020 Kroger Community Rewards Receipts - $223.93


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.

2020 Officers

Beth Wheeler, President
Belinda Woodson, Vice-President
Katie Taylor, Treasurer
Christin Bryan, Secretary
Patti Smotherman, Past President
Erika Fox
Karyl Paul

To find out more, contact them at