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
Types of Donations
- Gifts of non-cash assets, such as stocks or real estate
- Gifts of life insurance
- Gifts of retirement plan assets
- Bequests under wills
- Charitable requests
Rutherford County Library Foundation Board Members
Dana Adams, Secretary
Courtney Chavez, Treasurer
John A. Hinkle, Jr.
John Trail, Chair
Frequently Asked Questions
How would supporting the library leave a lasting legacy?
- A community committed to lifelong learning and involvement is a better place to live. Support for the library has the potential to touch each person in our community well into the future. From board books to retirement planning, there’s something for everyone at the library.
What is the difference between the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library?
- The Foundation is the primary fundraising arm of the library and its endowment. The Friends are a membership organization that supports the library through Friends-sponsored programs, initiatives, and events such as the monthly book sales.
Isn’t the library supported by my tax dollars?
- Yes, but it is necessary to supplement the library’s budget in order to provide the best possible library services to our community. Your donation helps provide better library services to more people and ensure funds are available for future library needs.
For more information regarding the Rutherford County Library Foundation, please call (615) 962-7424 or email at foundation @rclstn.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
Rutherford County Library Foundation
1127B Dow Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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.
For questions or comments, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
FRIENDS ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2022
Friends of Linebaugh Library maintains its commitment to expand the reach and service of the 3 public libraries in Murfreesboro. In the past year, Friends has added to the libraries technological capabilities with the purchase of 3-D printers for the Technology Engagement Center as well as 4 iPad tablets and accompanying tablet table for Linebaugh. Myrtle Glanton Lord Library now has a Little Free Library installation for use by visitors to Patterson Park. Friends support several library programs, such as the Harry Nelson Winter Reading Program, the Summer Reading Program, National Comic Book Day and Pen Pals. This year Abby Rosser, a local author, gave presentations at 7 middle schools throughout the
county with such enthusiasm and spirit!
Our success is due to the support of our members and the loyal volunteers who work in the FOLL bookstore, eBay store, and at our books sales. Join us. Friends is a charitable nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization.
2024 Friends of Linebaugh Library Board
Leslie Collum, President
Jay Fusco, Vice President
Sally Schneider, Secretary
Rebecca Calahan, Treasurer
Antoinette van Zelm
Friends of Smyrna Public Library, also known as FOSL, was established in 1987, and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose object is to promote the interest and welfare of Smyrna Public Library as a cultural, educational, and recreational asset to the town of Smyrna 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.
As a current annual or lifetime member of FOSL, you’ll know that you are making a difference in your library. When you have a current paid membership, you are a voting member of FOSL at FOSL’s Annual General Meeting each year in October. Voting members of FOSL are also eligible for Veritas FCU membership. FOSL members receive email updates about events, programs and volunteer opportunities.
The Friends of Smyrna Library Board meets monthly at the Smyrna Public Library. The public is welcome to attend and observe the monthly meetings. Email FOSL for the exact dates and times of our meetings.
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Contact FOSL via email at friendsofsmyrnalibrary1987
For information about Friends of Smyrna Library, call (615) 870-6677.
Friends of Smyrna Library 2023 Board of Directors
Theresa Pickett - President
Aaron Lovett - Vice President
Bart King - Treasurer
Lysa Rigo - Secretary
Sylvanye "Sam" Roh
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Help FOSL raise money by designating EJ558 - Friends of Smyrna Library as your nonprofit choice at https://www.kroger.com/i/
FOSL now accepts payment via PayPal
For your convenience, FOSL now accepts payments through PayPal. Click the QR code to proceed with your payment.
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Volunteer opportunities for FOSL members:
Providing food/candy for events
Serving on FOSL Board
Serving soup at “SOUPER” Friends Saturday (Jan.)
Sorting used book donations
Working the FOSL booth at Depot Days (Sept.)
Working the SPL Scholastic Book Fair (Nov./Dec.)
Serving on a Committee
Friends of Smyrna Library Accomplishments October 2022 to October 2023
- FOSL PayPal account created for another way to receive payments -11/2022
- FOSL members helped man the 2022 Scholastic Book Fair -11/26-12/6/2022
- Participated in GIVING TUESDAY-11/29/2022
- Participated in the 2022 Smyrna Christmas Parade-12/04/2022
- SPL Staff Breakfast-16 $25 Target gift cards (FOSL) and Breakfast by Dunkin’ Donuts
- Rotary Grant -$7448- AWE tablets for early literacy bilingual Spanish -12/15/2022
- Ingram Grant-$800- For Winter Reading Program -12/2022
- Annual “Souper” Friends Saturday Membership Drive with Best Soup Contest judged by Smyrna Firemen-Saturday, 1/28/2023
- Redstone Federal Credit Union Grant - $500 - Mats & toys for Baby Program- 2/2022
- $20 Janarty’s Gift Card-Top Adult Reader - Winter Reading Program-3/2023
- MTEC Grant -$2,271 -Couch for Youth Services Dept. 4/2023
- $500 Donation to Smyrna West to buy books for their library-4/17/2023
- FOSL members provided daily treats to SPL Staff for Nat. Library Week-4/24/-4/28/2023
- First Annual FOSL RUN TO READ FUN RUN - 4/29/2023
- Nissan Grant - Summer Reading Program - $1000- 5/2023
- Publix Grant- Summer Reading Program - $1000 - 6/2023
- $800 for Books for Senior Citizens Book Club
- $200 for SRP T-shirts for SPL Staff
- $50 for wheelchair for SPL - June 2023
- $25 Raising Cane Gift card - Top Youth Reader - Summer Reading Program -7/2023
- Planning our 2nd Annual Author Fair with 12 Authors -Saturday, October, October 28, 2023
- WE GOTCHA BACK Morale Booster Week for SPL Staff -Board members and community donations provided treats for 5 days in September
- $165 Updated new FOSL brochure -500 copies
- Members manned the FOSL Booth at the 2023 Depot Days
- $160 for SPL Staff lunch on Staff Development Day
- $375 for snacks for Snack Attack Programming
- $350 Santa and Mrs. Clause for Youth Program
- Membership -Annual 82 Lifetime- 37 Total 119
- Used Book Sales-$4,195.52
- Hoover Book Sales-$560.00
- Membership Dues- $1605.00
- Donations Received-$1,217.71
- Total Grants Received – $13,519.00
- Total Donations FOSL gave to SPL-$18,809.00
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.
Beth Wheeler, President
Belinda Woodson, Vice-President
Katie Taylor, Treasurer
Christin Bryan, Secretary
Patti Smotherman, Past President
To find out more, contact them at FOELEAG@gmail.com
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