Working together to nurture our community by ensuring a dynamic library
Blount County Friends of the Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Members share a common interest in the welfare of the library and work to promote and sustain public awareness of the importance of a superb library to the vibrant and growing community of Blount County. Our resources come from membership dues, donations, matching grants, and volunteers who donate their time and creative talents to Friends’ programs.
How did the FOL get started?
Blount County Friends of the Library (FOL) was organized in the 1970’s to create community interest and support for building the McGhee Street Library. The FOL group then became a support group for the library staff. In 1981 the Blount County Library moved to its newly constructed McGhee Street location. Blount County outgrew the library in only 18 years, and in 1999, the county began construction of today’s spacious and beautiful building, which opened in 2002.
Our local Friends of the Library group has also grown to about 1200 members. BCFOL belongs to United for Libraries (formerly Friends of Libraries U.S.A.), Tennessee and local Friends, and similar support groups. The tremendous volume of work and support offered to libraries is impressive, especially in Tennessee, as our state ranks low in governmental financial support for libraries.
Our FOL group helps the library offer an extensive range of programs and current technology that we all enjoy. Your membership directly benefits library programs and services!
What are the benefits of joining?
- Tangible support to your library
- Early entry to used book sales
- Special seating at selected programs
- Current issue of our Between Friends newsletter
- A chance to participate in a community effort with like-minded people
- A force in keeping the BCPL a vibrant, growing place with exhibits, works of art, music, and expanded collections and services.
What does it cost to join?
As of July 1, 2015:
Individual Friend $15.00 per year
Family Friend $20.00 per year
► Membership Form
Why does the Library rely on the Friends group?
Simply put, because county and state funding is less than adequate to provide for the type of service and facility required by the residents of Blount County. The FOL works to provide needed funds to pick up the shortfall between library needs and governmental funding.
BCFOL Past President Phil Baker is recognized as an “Outstanding Volunteer” at the Friends of Tennessee Libraries annual meeting in May 2009 at Haley Farm near Clinton, TN.
Library photo credit: ©Epantha via Fotolia.