• Used Book Sale Sept 5, 2020

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 page for more details on how you can help create better library services for everyone.

Executive Board

Elections to the Board of Directors are held during the October annual meeting, usually in the third week of the month, and members 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.

Present Board of Directors

Sydney Lutjens, President
Mary White, Vice-President
Anne Coultas, Secretary
Becky Carr, Treasurer
Members at Large: Adrienne Hughes, Lori McAllister, Joan Maples, Allen Weirick
Library Board liaison,
Administrative liaisons: Carmen Sims, Jill McAllister

What We Have 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.


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 opportunites for your community
  • Fun social events
  • Voting for and serving as Board officers

Join today and support the Bartow County Library System!


Book Sale

On Library premises, Patrons and Volunteers are required to wear face mask or shield (Library will disburse free). Practice safe physical distancing from others. Tables will be scattered outside garage; if inclement weather, number of people entering the garage will be limited.

The Friends sell used books and media to support the library.  The Friends take donations of books, DVD’s, music CD’s, puzzles, VHS Tapes and computer games. Please bring your gently used items in boxes or bags to the circulation desk at the main library. Donations are accepted during regular Library hours. A drop box next to the library garage is available to receive donations. For large quantities notify library staff for intake at 770-382-4203. (Readers digest condensed books, instructional material in binders and magazines are not accepted.)

The sales are held on the first Saturdays of the month in March, June, September and December.
Cartersville Public Library (garage)
9 AM – 10 AM – Friends of the Library members (join at the circulation desk or by filling out the application and returning it to the library).
10 AM – 2 PM – General Public
1 PM – 2 PM – Buy a Friends bag $5 and fill it for $5 more

Upcoming Sales:

September 5, 2020
December 5, 2020
March 6, 2021
June 5, 2021

Craft Fair

This has been postponed. See you in 2021

Saturday November 14, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cartersville Civic Center
435 W. Main St.
(Across from the Library)

Find great gifts before the holiday rush, new and hand crafted: blown glass, wind chimes, pen and ink drawings/note-cards, terrariums, wine bottle lamps, decorative glass pieces, pet toys, dried flower jewelry, soaps, seasonings, pottery, woodworking, crochet, knit and decorative sewing items, and many more unique & unusual items.  Barbecue, sweets, & treats for the hungry shopper.

Free Admission. Free Parking.

Sponsored by: Friends of the Bartow County Library

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfthebartowcountyLibrary/

Vendor Information

8X8 Indoor Space Fee $40

Handcrafted items only, please

Contact Valerie for further information and to reserve your space:

Proceeds from space reservations benefit the Bartow County Library System.


Quarterly Programs

After Hours: MayFest
Friday, May 1st from 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Come by the library for this special After Hours event and take part in our celebration of spring with the ancient traditions of May Day. Don your flower crowns, faerie wings, and ankle bells and join us in dancing around the May Pole! We will have live music performed by Keltic Kudzu, dance presentations and more surprises.


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. Donations may be made preferably by including with a completed FOL Membership Form, then bringing them to the library front desk or mailing to : Friends of the Library, 429 W. Main St., Cartersville, GA 30120. Donations qualify as tax-deductible to a non-profit, and a receipt will be issued if desired.
Donations of items for the the quarterly FOL Book & Media Sales may be made at any time during the year, by bringing items to the front desk inside the Cartersville location at 429 W. Main St..(Items should not be left in or near the collection bins either inside or outside the library). The following items are accepted for the Book Sales:

  • Books (paperback or hardcover)
  • Puzzles
  • DVD’s
  • VHS tapes
  • Music or computer CD’s
  • Computer games

Sorry, magazines cannot be accepted.