The Friends of the Library
About 200,000 people a year visit our library system. Almost a quarter of a million materials are circulated, and many people rely on our libraries for other information and services. Our library is busy and growing, which is why...
We need you to join the Friends of Library!
The Friends of the Library provides needed materials and services for our library system. Money raised through membership dues are used to buy books and fund programs that are not a part of the library’s budget.
Our library touches the lives of children, teens, adults, and seniors. Through your Friends membership you can help support this important community resource.
Special privileges as friends include early entrance to our book sales and fine free times. Volunteer activities include helping in the book sales, cookies for special occasions, creative and fun activites that help spread the word about our wonderful library, and more!
SPECIAL 2012 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP LEVELS:
$10--FAMILY OR INDIVIDUAL; $25--BUSINESS
What you should know about our library:
The Thomas County Public Library System (TCPLS) is headquartered in Thomasville. In addition to the main library in Thomasville, it operates five service libraries in Boston, Coolidge, Meigs, Ochlocknee, and Pavo.
TCPLS is an entity under the Thomas County Board of Commissioners. Its budget in 2010 was just over $1 million. About 80% of the library’s budget is generated by 1/12 of the county’s 1¢ sales tax. Remaining funds come from the State of Georgia, the federal government, grants, donations, fines and photocopies.
TCPLS is “open” 24/7 on the Internet. Legal forms, downloadable books, Tumble Books, job search information, and more are available at tcpls.org.
As part of the Georgia PINES library network, TCPLS offers patrons access to more than 2 million items. TCPLS itself has more than 100,000 books, DVDs, videos, audio books, CDs, magazines, and newspapers in its collection
TCPLS houses a collection of genealogy and local history resources that focus on local family and Thomas County histories. TCPLS is also a Family Search Affiliate Library, which provides access to a collection of over 700,000 microfiche genealogical records available for rent and viewable here in the library.
In fiscal 2010, TCPLS:
- Circulated 223,087 materials
- Had 40,878 computer/electronic material users
- Answered 20,463 reference questions
- Entertained 8,183 children with special programs