The Bledsoe County Public Library, a small
but first-rate facility, maintains a collection of materials for residents of
all ages. Everything from bestselling novels to genealogy information fills the
shelves. We are associated with the Tennessee State Library and Archives through
the Falling Water River Regional Library.
the library’s operation is a Board of Trustees, made up of county residents who
serve three-year terms. Current board members are: Becky Cook, chairperson; Tim
Campbell, vice chairperson; Dulci Corvin, treasurer; Lynne Swafford Emiren,
secretary; Ray Fontaine, Patsy Morgan and Kathie Britt. The board has public
meetings once each quarter, on the second Monday in September, December, March
and June. All meetings are open to the public.
The library director is Carolyne
Knight, with Veronica Douglas as library assistant.
The Bledsoe County Public
Library has changed greatly since it was established July 7, 1952, by the
Bledsoe County Quarterly Court. With only about 100 books and a $624 yearly
budget, the library opened in the top floor of the board of education office.
After several moves throughout the years, a new building was constructed with
county, state and federal funds, as well as local donations. The library opened
January 18, 1993, at its present-day location on the corner of Cumberland Ave.
and Frazier St., near the county courthouse.
Directing the library throughout
the years have been: Martha Ross Lee, Nelda Turner, Elizabeth Royal, Willela
Douthat, Flo Swafford, Jean Aiken and Carolyne L. Knight.