By Tamas Mondovics
In recognition of the invaluable work of Friends of Libraries across the state of Tennessee, Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed October 17–23, 2021, Friends of Libraries Week and encourages all citizens to support the observance.
In a recent release Diane Johnson, president, Friends of Tennessee Libraries (FOTL) stated, “Libraries are absolutely essential for our communities, now, more than ever. Every person who uses a library has access to books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and computers, at no expense. Just as importantly, patrons are assisted by trained librarians and staff who work tirelessly to support them. Friends are a vital part of that support, and we are delighted that Governor Lee recognizes ‘the gifts of time and commitment by Friends of Libraries in Tennessee.”
Residents of local communities all over the state work together to assist and improve their public libraries.
A great local example of such effort is the recently opened public library
in Shady Valley, TN. The facility is located behind the former Shady Valley Elementary School and organizers recently created a Facebook page. Over the past few weeks, a number of area businesses and community organizations worked to gather books for the new library. The BeetRoute Catering Company and Northeast Tennessee Health and Homecare clinic established drop boxes.
Friends recognize the critical importance of well-funded libraries and advocate for needed resources, and work to raise funds for additional materials, programs, and services. Friends promote their libraries and contribute to the betterment of their communities. “We thank Governor Lee for his recognition and celebration of the valuable
work of our Friends of Libraries,” said Johnson. “We urge all Tennesseans to use their local library and join the Friends.”
Since 1992, the Friends of Tennessee Libraries, a volunteer organization, has been dedicated to supporting
Tennessee libraries and local Friends of Library groups. More information is available at the Friends’ website at www.friendstnlibraries.org.