The Summer Reading Challenge begins June 1st!

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Bartow County Library System is made up of community members dedicated to assisting the development and improvement of services in the Library.  Friends believe that any community with a modern, well-equipped library with an up-to-date collection is a better place to live.  Friends view the library as a dynamic educational force and the cultural and research center of the community. View our membership section for more details on how you can help create better library services for everyone.
FOL Information
Executive Board Members
Elections to the Board of Directors are held during the October annual meeting, usually in the third week of the month, and directors serve entirely as volunteers.

The Friends of the Library Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm in the Cartersville Public Library Conference Room to plan fundraisers and advocacy for the library system.

Current Board of Directors

Charity Chastain, President
Sarah Craighead & Rick Shireman, Co Vice Presidents
Sarah Ledford, Secretary
Becky Carr, Treasurer
Directors: Anne Coultas, Fartema Fagin, Laura Fritz, Adrienne Hughes, Lori McAllister, Danielle Steele

Library  Liaisons: Carmen Sims, Jill McAllister
What the FOL Has Funded
The Friends of the Library presents an annual donation to the library system to help purchase library materials, fund special programs, support literacy programs, provide programs for adults and children, and support the Summer Reading Program.
How to Become a Member
The Friends of the Bartow County Library System is an association of community members that value our library and advocates support through membership and volunteer participation.

The Friends of the Bartow County Library System holds quarterly meetings open to the general membership. These meetings are usually followed by a program or event.

A membership term runs for a full year beginning from October 1st, ending September 30th of the following year. Memberships are not prorated for a partial year.

Member Benefits

  • Early entrance at the Quarterly Book Sales
  • Discounts on select Friends’ events and programs
  • Subscription to the Friends’ Quarterly Newsletter
  • Volunteer opportunities for your community
  • Fun social events
  • Voting for or serving as a Board Director

Join today and support the Bartow County Library System!
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Friends of the Library
429 W Main Street
Cartersville, GA 30120
Quarterly Book Sale
The Friends sell used books and media to support the library.  The Friends take donations of books, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles and computer games.  Donations are accepted during regular Library hours at the donation bin next to the library garage. For large quantities notify library staff for intake at 770-382-4203.

Readers Digest condensed books, instructional material in binders, VHS tapes and magazines are not accepted.

The sales are held on the first Saturday of the month in March, June, September and December.

Cartersville Public Library
429 W Main St
(garage corner near Main St)

9 AM – 10 AM – Friends of the Library members
10 AM – 2 PM – General Public
1 PM – 2 PM – Buy a $5 Friends bag and fill it for $5 more

Upcoming Sales:

June 3, 2023
September 2, 2023
December 2, 2023
Craft Fair
November 11, 2023
10 am – 4 pm

Georgia Highlands College
Cartersville Campus
5441 GA Hwy 20

Free admission, free parking
Over 60 vendors of hand-crafted items, gifts, foods and baked goods.
Support local small businesses and friends.
Shop for personal, unique gifts before the holiday rush!

Sponsored by Friends of Bartow County Libraries

Vendor registration information will be available in July.
Quarterly Programs
Join us for Season of Wonder at the Cartersville Library throughout the month of December.

Presenting a season filled with live music, crafts, movies, and many more magical activities, all completely free. Bring the family and spend time in our winter wonderland of trees decorated by local schools.
How to Donate
Monetary donations to ‘Friends of the Library’ are welcome, and will be used to support programs, purchases, and technology for the Bartow County Library System. Bring your donation to the front desk of any library branch or mail to: Friends of the Library, 429 W. Main St., Cartersville, GA 30120. Include your name and mailing address.

Friends of the Library accepts donations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations may qualify as tax-deductible to a non-profit, and a receipt will be issued if desired. 

To donate books and other materials see Quarterly Book Sale under Events.