Programs and Events
In addition to multiple book sales, the Friends of the Bartlett Library is involved in a variety of community and library events throughout the year.
2020 List of Programs & Events
- March 9: Quarterly Program - Trail of Tears, presented by Carman Bell
- March 19: Bartlett Business Expo at the BRC - look for our booth (cancelled)
- April 15-19: Annual Book Sale at the Bartlett Municipal Center Banquet Hall (cancelled)
- June 8: Quarterly Program & Annual Meeting (Annual meeting is postponed - date to be determined)
- September 14: Quarterly Program
- September 25-26: Bartlett Festival at Freeman Park - look for our booth
- October 18-24: National Friends of Libraries Week
- December 14: Quarterly Program
Friends members and guests are invited to attend quarterly programs that are both informative and entertaining. Programs are held at 6:30pm on the second Monday evening of March, June, September, and December. A social time with refreshments at 6:00pm precedes each program. The June program also serves as Friends’ Annual Business meeting. Friends members receive an invitation to quarterly programs by postcard and email. Guests are always welcome. Past programs have included a variety of topics such as the historic Elmwood Cemetery, the Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob, author Susah Cushman, and local historian and Peabody Duckmaster Jimmy Ogle.
Bartlett Business Expo & Bartlett Festival
Each spring, Friends are on hand at the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo held at the Bartlett Recreation Center. The Expo highlights a wide variety of businesses from the Bartlett area. Look for Friends volunteers, joined by Bartlett Library representatives at this year's Bartlett Festival in September. The festival is a great way to meet our neighbors and share information about the library and the Friends organization.
Little Free Library
Friends sponsors a Little Free Library located near the park benches along the Burloe Bike Path. The installation was proposed by a Bartlett resident who serves as its steward. If you are ever on the bike path, stop at the Little Free Library for a rest, and take a book and/or leave a book for the next time.
Pop-up Libraries are a popular initiative of the Bartlett Library aimed at taking the library outside the building and into the community. Currently books are given away, but plans are in the works to make checkout available as well. Pop-ups have appeared at the Bartlett Festival, the Books From Birth Tea, Bartlett Performing Arts Center's Pickin' Picnic, and the Bartlett Farmer's Market. Friends has provided books and purchased portable wire shelving for the program.