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Dalton Friends of the Library

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General Information

The Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library relies on the generosity of our patrons, residents, and business community to help us achieve our mission of supporting the public library. Through donations of money, time, experience, and books, we make it possible to engage the private and public sector in an important and continuing conversation about the need to maintain and grow our library system. We believe that information in all forms should be easily accessible, free, and available to all children and adults regardless of race, religion, or educational and economic standing. To quote one of the founders of our nation, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1829), “Information is the currency of Democracy.”


The Friends of the Library is governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership for terms of two years. The Board oversees the programs, projects, and financial status of the Friends; appoints committees; and raises funds through contributions, dues, legacies, devises, and other legal means.


Meetings of the Friends and Friends Board are open to the public and include an agenda of Board business, reports of Committees, and discussion of projects and activities. Meeting times are listed on the Friends website. We invite you to attend.

Friends of Library Officers:

Susan Ritchie, President
Dick Stag, Vice President
Sherrian Hall, Secretary
Annelle Scott, Treasurer
David Camp, Book Sale Chairs


Your membership in our Friends of the Library organization will help buy books for our shelves. FRIENDship new member/renewal levels of support:  Download Membership form (.pdf)

  • Student – $2.00
  • Individual – $10.00
  • Family – $25.00
  • Supporter – $50.00
  • Patron – $100.00
  • Business – $250.00
  • Sustaining – $500.00
  • Benefactor – $1,000.00


Please send payments to:
Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library
310 Cappes St.
Dalton, GA 30720
Make checks payable to Friends of the Dalton Library.


If you are interested in volunteering to work with the Friends of the Library please let us know which areas of volunteer service you are interested in:

  • Fund raising (book sales held first Saturday of each month, etc.)
  • Work days (organizing donations for book sales)
  • Membership
  • Advocacy
  • Author visits
  • Other

Thank you for your support!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Friend?
Friends are people just like you who are committed to the development and support of a quality, community-oriented public library system. At the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library, Friends have been a strong voice for the message that accessible library service is not a luxury, but a necessity in every community and neighborhood.

What do Friends do?
Friends support libraries in many important ways.

  • Raise private funds
  • Support children’s programs
  • Sponsor cultural and literary programs
  • Promote library advocacy in the community and on legislative issues


How do I “promote library advocacy”?
The Dalton-Whitfield Public Library receives its funding from the state, the county, Dalton City government, and the school boards in Dalton and Whitfield County. Each year there is a budgeting process, which leads to decisions regarding the amount of money the library receives from the State, County, and City. Friends of the Library members are called on to actively participate in the process by attending public meetings, and contacting their respective elected officials by phone, mail, or email and voicing their support for adequate funding for our library system.

How do I become a Friend?
To join, stop by the library and ask for a Friends of the Library Membership envelope.

Complete the form and mail it or deliver to the library with your payment. Annual memberships are $10.00 for individuals, $25.00 for families, $2.00 for students.

Are there any Friends book sales coming up?
All Friends book sales are listed in the Library’s events calendar.  Book sales are first Saturday of each month unless date falls on a holiday.
The book sale opens at 10 am and closes at 1 pm.

The Friends of the Dalton-Whitfield Public Library is a tax exempt organization.

Additional information about Friends groups is available by calling 706-876-1379.

What the Friends have been up to:

The board meets several days each month to shelve donated books in appropriate categories for our monthly book sales.  Annelle Scott, Susan Ritchie, Roxanna Donegan, Dot McCrory, Sherrian Hall, Richard Stagg,  and David Camp met for board meeting on May 20, 2015. Not pictured are Faye Fox, Lynn Wilbanks, Joy Frerichs, Sharon Grant, David and Anne Blaylock, Betty Ann Chamblee, Paula Phillips and Ann Compton.


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