Children and Friends decorate the Putnam County Library for the holidays

Gathered at the Children's Library Christmas tree are, from left, PCLF President Marcia Flatt; patrons Damon Miller, Lilly Fortson, Greylin Coonce and Pam Coonce; and Children's Library Director Shannon Buford.

COOKEVILLE – This holiday season, the Putnam County Library Friends (PCLF) are spreading good cheer throughout the Cookeville branch of the Putnam County Library thanks to a grant from the Friends of Tennessee Libraries (FOTL). 

Wreaths and holiday trees light up both the upper and lower levels of the library, while about 100 children have taken home craft kits to make decorations. In exchange for bringing the new ornaments back to the library to decorate trees, children will be treated to a hot cocoa and cookie party from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Dec. 20, in the Albrecht Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

“We’re always looking for ways to advocate for our library system,” said PCLF President Marcia Flatt. “The advocacy grant we received from the Friends of Tennessee Libraries gave us a great seasonal project that we hope helps patrons feel even more pride in the Putnam County Library.”

Established in 2001, the PCLF supports the use, services and facilities of the branches in Cookeville, Algood, Baxter and Monterey through financial gifts earned from author events, monthly used book sales, grants, membership dues and donations, as well as advocating for the library system through public events, membership drives and sponsoring the annual Summer Reading Program. 

If you’d like to join the PCLF, email for more information or pick up an application at the Cookeville branch of the Putnam County Library. 

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