More than just Friends of the Library; We're Friends of the Community.

Friends of the Library Mission:

  • Encouragement and support of literacy through reading & continued education by supporting the public library

  • Sponsorship of special projects

  • Informing the public of the resources and services of the Library

  • Securing materials that are beyond the command of the ordinary library budget

  • Performing other services helpful to the library

  • Volunteering to assist library staff for special programs sponsored by the library

Being a Friend

In October 2015, the friends helped W.G. Rhea Public Library by sponsoring the Salad Spectacular luncheon fundraiser. We donated Bookstore sales to help the library purchase new furniture.


The Friends contributed funds for library subscriptions and DVDs.


We, also, provided funds to support children's programs such as the pre-school story hour and holiday events such as Polar Express at Christmas time.

We're more than just Friends of the Library. We're friends of the community.


Friends of the Library Officers

President: Susan Pemberton

Vice President: Jim Lacey

Treasurer: Oma Bass

Secretary: Barbara Hyde

Directors: Bill Perkins, Susannah Murphy, Fran Jenkins, Carol Mannon, & Nancy Ellis Melton

FOL Involvement

To join the Friends, come to the Library and request an application. While filling it out, you'll see membership fees:

  • Student (under 25) $5

  • Senior (over 55) $5

  • Individual $10

  • Family $20

  • Lifetime $150​

Thank You to Our Recent Donors!

February 2021

  • Fletcher Dental

  • Servall

  • Greer, Greer & Whitfield

  • Paris Board of Public Utilities

  • J. R. Hayes Construction Co.

  • Ridgeway Funeral Home

  • Four Seasons Sales & Service

  • Airborne Gymnastics Academy

Thank you for supporting The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Public Library!

March 2021

  • Commercial Bank & Trust

  • Fantastic Sam's

  • Holy Cross Catholic Church

Thank you for supporting The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Public Library!