Libraries = Strong Communities 

National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is "Libraries = Strong Communities," and  Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair. 


National Library Week events

The Rutherford County Library System is proud to be an integral part of the communities that make up our county. During National Library Week (April 7 - 13), every branch of the Rutherford County Library System will be collecting food donations. All donations will go to the Nourish (Rutherford County) Food Bank.

Bring your canned goods to front desk, and staff will waive your fines for overdue items. Charges for lost or damaged items or referral fees cannot be waived. Each can donated will waive one dollar in fines. Please bring only new, unopened cans within expiration date. No fines? You can help out and make a food donation anyway.

Since Nourish Food Bank is committed to helping provide for those in need, you can be sure that donations are going to a good cause. Remember: the library is ONLY collecting canned goods for the food drive.

To find out if you owe any fines, simply go to the RCLS website ( and login, using your library card number and PIN (typically the last six digits of your library card).


April is Poetry Month

Linebaugh Public Library (Main Branch) will be hosting two book signings that provide poetic offerings to the community. 

Thursday, April 4, from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. students from Central Magnet School will be signing and selling copies of their newly published works. Brady Bryson, will be selling his book, What I am Made Of, and then three poets, Senait Desta, Ethan Christopher and Chelsea Butner, will be selling their collaborative work entitled, Just Poems. Come and support these budding authors and poets.

Linebaugh's second book signing in April will also feature a poet, as Navita Gunter will be at the library on Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. signing and selling copies of her first book of poetry, N2Words

For more on our upcoming events, see the detailed list below:




RCLS would like to spotlight several events happening this month.

Click the event links for more information!

*All branches of RCLS will be closed Sunday, April 21, for Easter.

Linebaugh branch: The Afternoon Book Club, the Graphic Novel Group,  the Tuesday Book Club, and the Lit Wits Book Club

Smyrna: Smyrna Saturday Book Club

MGL: Book Club @ MGL

Eagleville: FOEL Book Club


To see a full listing of events across all of our libraries, check out our event calendar!



Technology Engagement Center, 306 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro

In April, the TEC is proud to offer some new, advanced classes. Community volunteers and library staff will be sharing their knowledge on everything from podcasting to Python programming. All of the classes are free, open to the public, and no registration required. Join us and expand your knowledge! For more information, email Trey Gwinn or call 615-649-1358.

Podcasting for Business Owners

  • Part 1: Tuesday, April 2, 6:00pm

  • Part 2: Tuesday, April 9, 6:00pm

  • Part 3: Tuesday, April 16, 6:00pm

Digital Art: Enhancement Techniques

  • Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm

Intro to CAD for 3D Printing

  • Saturday, April 13, 3:00pm

Demystifying the Home and Small Business Network

  • Tuesday, April 23, 6:00pm

Python Programming for Beginners

  • Friday, April 26, 3:00pm

Smyrna Public Library was selected to host NASA @ My Library. This is a science-based, two day workshop designed to prepare youth services librarians to effectively lead science themed programs at their libraries. NASA @ My Library is grant funded and organized by the Senior Education Specialist from the Lunar Planetary Institute. Workshop facilitators also include team members from the Space Science Institute. On Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 forty librarians selected by the Tennessee Regional Library Directors, including three librarians from Rutherford County Library System, will visit Smyrna Public Library to receive hands-on training, resources and support for promoting quality, space-science activities and programs at their libraries.

We can all look forward to seeing the positive impact our Tennessee Youth Services librarians make in their communities as they present these engaging space and science based programs in the near future.

Explore, Imagine, Engage @ RCLS!