Rutherford County Library System Staff Graduate State Training Program

Rutherford County Library System (RCLS) is pleased to announce two of our staff members’ completion of the Public Library Management Institute on November 15, 2019. Ginger Graves, Branch Manager of the Smyrna Public Library, and Donna Jordon, Branch Supervisor of the Eagleville Bicentennial Public Library were among a group of Tennessee librarians who participated in the three-year program.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives sponsors the Public Library Management Institute for the directors of small and medium-sized public libraries or library branches who do not have MLS degrees and who manage libraries that are part of the Tennessee Regional Library System. The Institute focuses on management, leadership, and partnership skills and is intended to be an extension of the comprehensive training program provided by the Tennessee Regional Library System and appropriate training offered by private and government organizations. Graduates receive Public Library Management Certification as provided by the Secretary of State’s office.

RCLS Director of Libraries Rita Shacklett congratulated Graves and Jordon on their accomplishment: “Ginger and Donna have worked hard these past three years to achieve this recognition. I know they will be able to apply much of what they learned in their day-to-day jobs in their respective branches. All the staff at RCLS join me in congratulating them upon their graduation from the program.”

These graduates join previous RCLS participants, Carol Ghattas and Carol Kersey, in completion of this program.

Photo from left to right: Ginger Graves (Smyrna), Tina Stevens (Franklin County), Donna Jordon (Eagleville), Marilyn Frazer (Whitwell), Marsha Petty (Cannon County), BettJo Jarvis (Director, Stones River Regional Library), Kate Huddleston (Assistant Director, Stones River Regional Library)



Linebaugh Public Library is pleased to host a traveling exhibit provided by the Smithsonian Institute for the month of December. The series of posters will be displayed on the 2nd floor for public viewing.

World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the history of the war and its lasting impact on American life. Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world's major industrial powers (over 18 countries in all) and ended with millions dead. But beyond the countries involved and the people affected, World War I gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America. Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to both fight disease and treat disability. The critical roles that women and minorities played in the war led to the right to vote for women and a raised consciousness of civil rights issues throughout society.

From the Great Migration to the 1918 flu pandemic and from the unionization movement to women's suffrage, World War I led to pivotal changes in America's culture, technology, economy, and role in the world. It redefined how we saw ourselves as Amerians and its legacy continues today.

World War I: Lessons and Legacies is organized by the Smithsonian Insitution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Museum of American History, with funding from The United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

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RCLS would like to spotlight several events happening this month.

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PLEASE NOTE: All RCLS branch libraries will be CLOSED Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday December 25, for Christmas.


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!




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