Name: Justin Potter Library
Location: 101 South 1st Street
Smithville, TN 32166
This lovely library with it’s warm and friendly staff reaches out to the community offering a variety of materials and programs. To learn about upcoming programs check the website to see what is available for you. The book collection is augmented by a book lease program that allows the library to receive bestsellers throughout the year keeping the collection current. There are also CDs, audio books, videos, and DVDs for all ages. For those with electronic devices wireless internet is available and there are downloadable books available through the library website.
The support of the community for the library is shown in many ways including the the beautiful stained glass windows donated by local families. Area artists have donated their creations and the Children’s area has been brightened by posters and wall art created by local artists. A volunteer oversees the glass display case. I was lucky enough to see this month’s privately owned display. It includes a Jackie Kennedy Onassis Doll and replica jewelry, Marilyn Monroe Dolls, and a Vivian Leigh Doll dressed as Scarlett O’Hara along with jewelry, glassware, and figurines.
There is Genealogical Room with information on local families and material about the area. A local historian volunteers his time helping people with genealogical questions. The staff and volunteers are doing a great job of encouraging literacy in their community.