• Keltic Kudzu to perform at FOL Annual Meeting October 14th.
  • Now registering vendors for the craft sale

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
Sarah Craighead & Rick Shireman, Vice-President
Anne Coultas, Secretary
Becky Carr, Treasurer
Directors: Elizabeth Bowen, Paule Ann Ceci, Charity Chastain, Adrienne Hughes, Mecole Ledbetter, Lori McAllister

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

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. 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:

Dec 4, 2021
Mar 5, 2022
Jun 4, 2022

Craft Fair

Saturday November 13, 2021
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 $50

Handcrafted items only, please

Proceeds from space reservations benefit the Bartow County Library System.

How it works!

Step 1

Review the Vendor Map to determine what area you would like to reserve. We will update as the spaces become reserved. There is no guarantee you will get your preferred space.

Remaining Spaces: 46 thru 49, 55, 56, 60, 64, 67, 68, 71 thru 78

Step 2

Select the drop down information below and click the Add to Cart button. This will take you to PayPal to make your purchase. This will also place you in the queue to reserve your preferred space. Click the drop down arrow in the first field to see all available options.

2021 Vendor Reservation
Booth space – first choice
Booth space – second choice

Step 3

Print and complete the Registration Form. E-mail it to friends.craftfair@gmail.com. If you have any questions please review the Frequently Asked Questions document.


Quarterly Programs

Keltic Kudzu
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Join the Friends for a special performance by Keltic Kudzu on the library lawn! We welcome you to bring lawn chairs, blankets, drinks, and snacks to enjoy during the show.


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 donation bin at the garage door of the Cartersville location at 429 W. Main Street.

The following items are accepted for the Book Sales:

  • Books (paperback or hardcover)
  • Puzzles
  • DVDs
  • Music or computer CDs
  • Computer games

Sorry, magazines cannot be accepted.

Remember that all your Amazon purchases can support the Library by linking us to your Amazon Smile account. It’s FREE for you, and if you already have an Amazon account, just go to https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage, login with your Amazon username and password, and then search “Friends of the Bartow County Library” and hit SELECT. If you are shopping on a mobile device, just make sure to have Amazon Smile turned ON in your account settings.