Award presented to Friends of White County Public Library at conference
by Kim Swindell Wood | April 13, 2017 9:18 am
The Friends of the White County Library received the Friend of the Year Award for exceptional leadership and achievements at the 2017 Tennessee Library Association’s Annual Conference in Knoxville.
The Friend of the Year Award is presented by the Friends of Tennessee Libraries and the Tennessee Library Association and is designed to honor an outstanding member or Friends group for exceptional leadership and/or achievements. The overall accomplishments or distinguished service of the group to Tennessee libraries is considered
This year’s recipient of the Friend of the Year Award is the Friends of the White County Public Library, Sparta, Tennessee.
The Friends of the White County Public Library formed in January 2000. The group, led by President George Weber, does all the standard Friend’s things – Book Sales, Summer Reading Programs, Imagination Library, volunteering for Library projects and programs, etc. – but what sets this group apart is their willingness to meet the public where they are. The Friends established an outreach program called Reading In Schools that visits each elementary school and reaches all 1,950 elementary school students. They staff and support a monthly outreach to the White County Middle School that interacts with students in the school library environment. The Friends promote and help maintain fourteen Little Free Libraries across the county to allow all citizens access to reading materials. Through these three specific projects and countless other endeavors, the Friends of the White County Public Library have extended the Library’s services beyond the usual limits and have helped the Library realize outreach goals that were beyond the limited Library Staff’s abilities. The efforts of the Friends have expanded the Library’s public image and focused on key demographics to ensure the future literacy of White County.