The Friends of the H.B. Stamps Memorial Library is a non-profit organization. It principally consists of dues paying members including local businesses.
Purpose: to support the library through service and purchasing to meet the demands of their patrons and to help publicize the library within the community.
Fund Raising: The FOL currently raises monies through membership drives and an annual book sale.
Services: to help with the summer reading program and attending the library monthly board meetings.
Activities: the FOL has purchased furniture and bookcases at the request of the librarians when there are insufficient funds within the county/city budgets. We have also publicized library events and activities in the Rogersville Review.
The annual book sale starts with a book drive in August. During this time, we collect books at several locations around town. Also, there is an ad run in the newspaper letting people know where they can drop the books off or to call the FOL President Bruce Campbell to come and pick them up if need be. The books are sorted by volunteers (more people could help) and the library staff as time permits. The sale itself is usually held the weekend after Heritage Days at the Senior Citizens Center adjacent to the library. The tables and books are set up on Friday afternoon and evening. Saturday, the book sale starts at 9:00 a.m. for Friends of the Library and then 10:00 a.m. for the public (membership may be purchased at the early viewing). The sale generally ends around 4:00 p.m. after the frantic last half hour of $1/bag (less for us to pack up and store for the next year). The books are then moved to storage. This fund raising event has raised $800 to $900 each year. A portion of the funds raised is thanks to the Rogersville City School Beta Club who provides cookies and sells them along with drinks during the one-day book sale.
The FOL has also hosted several evening activities including a farewell and welcome party for our librarians and a get to know the library for our local representatives.