Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional, a comprehensive prospect research tool for fundraisers now available at the Technology Engagement Center (TEC)

Rutherford County Library System (RCLS) is pleased to announce that Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional has been added to the online databases offered by the library system. FDO provides access to an unprecedented wealth of timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. An indispensable tool for identifying sources of funding for your project, access is available to all with a RCLS card.

FDO is a valuable resource for non-profits, containing a comprehensive codified database of 140,000+ grantmakers, 700, 000+ recipient profiles and 14 million+ grants, combined with powerful search filters allow you to find and narrow down top prospects. The information on FDO is updated weekly and includes a keyword search option called Power Search that combs through the database as well as additional Foundation Center databases: news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit-sector research reports, and nonprofit literature.

Prospect researching can now be done with accurate and consistent results, for free, on location at the Technology Engagement Center (TEC), at 306 Minerva Drive in Murfreesboro. Create a profile and build a portfolio within FDO, making recurring visits for funding research easier and more fruitful.

A Grant Writing Crash Course will be offered Friday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. at the TEC to help anyone wanting to learn how to use this great new resource.

Monday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. PenPal Author Heidi Heilig at Linebaugh. 

Heidi's books include For Muse of Fire, The Girl from Everywhere and The Ship Beyond Time, all top sellers in Teen and Young Adult Fiction. Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark. 

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing and has written books and lyrics for shows including "The Time Travelers Convention," "Under Construction," and "The Hole." She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son and their pet snake.

This even is sponsored by Friends of Linebaugh Library.


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RCLS would like to spotlight several events happening this month.

Click the event links for more information!

PLEASE NOTE: All RCLS branch libraries will be CLOSED Monday, October 14, for Columbus Day.

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!



Children ages 8 and up are invited to join us for a five day fall break sewing camp at MGL Library.

Registration opens on September 28. Call 615-907-3429 for more information.











Special Holiday Classes: Want to learn how to use Canva or Shutterfly for holiday cards and gifts? Check out the classes at several of our RCLS locations:


Monday, October 21, 2 p.m. @ the TEC

Wednesday, October 23, 12 p.m. @ Smyrna

Tuesday, October 29, 9 a.m. @ Linebaugh


Tuesday, October 22, 9 a.m. @ Linebaugh

Wednesday, October 23, 1 p.m. @ Smyrna

Monday, October 28, 11 a.m. @ the TEC


October 20-26 is Food for Fines Week.  If you've got lingering overdue fines, start collecting cans now to get your account cleared!


Saturday, October 26 is Halloween Comic Fest. All branches of the Rutherford County Library System will be hosting Halloween Comic Fest from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This free and open to the public event includes free comic giveaways, movies, prizes, popcorn and games. 

Explore, Imagine, Engage @ RCLS!