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The Friends of the Signal Mountain Library is an organizational board that successfully supports the Library by raising funds for materials and programs. Members meet quarterly to review Library needs.

The chief fund-raiser of the Friends is the Book Nook, our used book store that is open whenever the Library is. The Friends stock and organize the Book Nook, located in the lower level of the Library. Volumes for the store are provided by donations from the community plus books weeded from the Library’s collection. The Friends stock and organize the Book Nook, located in the lower level of the Library

Once a year on Labor Day, The Friends holds a Half-Price Book Sale, where great bargains can be found. Usually shoppers are lined up waiting for the door to open for this sale, which both provides revenues for the Library and also cleans out the used book collection, readying it for reopening in mid-September, fully restocked. (Please note: The Half-Price Book Sale for 2015 will take place during the month of July to clear space for renovations scheduled to begin in August.)

The Friends is a vital component of the Signal Mountain Library. Funds raised by the Friends’ projects are used to pay for special children’s programs during the Summer Reading Program, to buy movies for the Library collection, and to support special needs of the Library.

What is the purpose of the Mountain Library Foundation?

The purpose of the Mountain Library Foundation is to establish and to maintain a fund for special needs of the Library beyond the usual operating expenses.

Why does the Library need such a fund?

Although the Town of Signal Mountain provides for the Library’s annual operating expenses, there will always be a need for new technologies, programs, and enhanced services. The Mountain Library Foundation was established in early 2008 to create and maintain a fund for these needs.

The Foundation is soliciting funds through gifts and bequests. These funds are not to be used for regular operating and maintenance expenses of the Library or to replace gifts to the Library from other sources. Funds are maintained and invested in the Library Foundation account through the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

How Can You Help?

Your financial support is an easy way to give something back to your community. All contributions made to the Library Foundation are tax deductible. Your charitable donation can help secure a bright future for many generations of Library users.

A Variety of Options

  • Cash
  • Real Estate
  • Bequests
  • Securities
  • Life Insurance
  • Trusts


Endowments by an individual or family can be established. Major endowments will be recognized on a plaque in the Library.

For more information contact the Library or any of the Foundation Directors.

Checks should be made payable to:

Mountain Library Foundation

Please mail to:

Mountain Library Foundation
1114 James Blvd.
Signal Mountain, TN 37377
Thank you for supporting the Mountain Library Foundation!

The library provides volunteer opportunities for citizens, age 16 and up, who are interested in books and libraries. New volunteers are always needed and welcome, and no special knowledge of library practices is necessary. For more information, call the Library at 886-7323.

Volunteer Spotlight


John Romano 

John was born and raised in New York City. He earned a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and served two years in the army. He lived most of his life in Delaware, where he met his wife, Mary, and raised four children. After retirement, John earned a Masters in counseling from the University of Delaware, then spent nine years working in addiction treatment. He moved to Signal Mountain with his wife in 2010. An avid reader and movie buff, John enjoys books on science, historical fiction, as well as arthouse films and documentaries.

John keeps everyone laughing with his rapier wit. His suggested caption for the photo at left: "Would you buy a used car from this man?" 

We thank you, John, for being such a great friend to the Library.

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The Book Nook is operated by the Friends of the Signal Mountain Library and is open during regular hours in the Library’s lower level. 

The Book Nook features a huge variety of books ranging from children’s volumes to adult fiction and nonfiction and including many wonderful travel guides and cookbooks.

Money raised from the sale of used books goes to support the Library’s programs. 


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Guidelines for donating books:

New fiction and general nonfiction are always welcome. We are especially in need of children’s books to sell in the Book Nook. Please do not donate textbooks or encyclopedias because we are unable to sell them.

Geek the Library

Geek: (verb)

  1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
  2. To express interest in.
  3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
  4. To promote.

Whatever you geek, the public library supports you. The public library is more than a collection of books, it provides access to a wide range of media (both printed and electronic!) and the internet. Staff at the library introduce you to new things to explore… whether they be books, hobbies, or ideas. The library acts as gathering place —bringing people together. You can hold a formal meeting. And you can gather with colleagues, friends and neighbors. More jobs, higher property values, better schools, increased wages … the public library plays a role in all of it. Many studies support the idea that dollars spent on libraries provide solid economic returns to the community. Join Geek the Library in spreading awareness about the value of libraries. Geek the library.

A special thanks to Greg and Jenny Forehand for the photography and graphic design and to all of our models!

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