Volunteer Opportunities


Become a volunteer or help out with an event

Join us in shaping our community’s future! Volunteer at our library and contribute your time and talents to support our programs, assist patrons, and enrich the library experience for all. No matter your interests or schedule, there’s a place for you here. Sign up today and be a part of something meaningful!

How to Apply:

Step 1

Complete our convenient online volunteer application form.

Step 2

Await our prompt response. We’ll reach out to you promptly to coordinate your volunteer hours.

Step 3

Get ready to make a difference! Arrive for your scheduled hours, check in at the front desk, and receive your instructions for the day. We’re excited to have you on board!

Volunteer Requirements:

At our library, we welcome volunteers who are committed to our mission and community. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Age: Must meet our minimum age requirement – 12+.
  • Commitment: Reliable volunteers ensure consistency and quality.
  • Skills: Experience is helpful but not required; we offer training.
  • Availability: Flexibility and communication are key.

*Court Mandate Hours – We only accept court-mandated juvenile volunteers for non-drug or non-violent offenses. *

Join us in making a difference! Explore volunteer opportunities today.

Join our mission. Volunteer, Donate, Advocate. Get Started Today.


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Giving Back to Your Library

Donate Today!

Giving Back to Your Library

Donate Books

Donate your gently used books and give them a new home! Your contribution to our Friends of the Library book sale directly supports us!

Donate Food

  Your donations of non-perishable food for our blessing box items provide vital support to individuals and families facing food insecurity in our community.

Donate Supplies & Materials

Whether it’s art supplies, STEM kits, or other resources, your contributions directly enhance the quality and variety of our offerings.

Donate Money

Help us make a difference in our community! Your financial support enables us to continue offering essential services, innovative programs, and maintaining our facilities for everyone to enjoy.

Donate Prizes

Spark a love for reading and learning by donating prizes for our programs including our Summer Reading Program! Your generosity encourages participation and rewards our community members, especially children and teens, for their literary achievements.

Donate Your Time

Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting our operations, events, and initiatives. Whether you’re helping with shelving books, assisting with programs, or contributing your unique skills, your time and dedication make a difference in enriching the library experience for everyone.

Donate Items from Our Amazon Wishlist

Simplify the donation process by selecting items from our Amazon Wishlist! Your purchases directly fulfill specific needs identified by our library staff, ensuring that your donation makes a meaningful impact on our programs and services.

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How Donations Are Used

Your donations fuel our library’s mission. They’re vital for acquiring new materials, maintaining our facilities, and funding innovative programs that benefit our community directly. Your generosity ensures that our library remains a vibrant hub of learning and enrichment for all. Thank you for your support!


How can I donate money to the library?

Donating money to the library is easy! You can visit our website and click on the “Donate” button to make a secure online donation. Alternatively, you can stop by the library in person and speak with a staff member about making a contribution.

Can I donate books that are not in perfect condition?

While we prefer gently used books, we accept donations in various conditions. Books that are heavily damaged or outdated may be recycled. Your contributions are greatly appreciated regardless of their condition.

How do I purchase items from the library's Amazon Wishlist?

To purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist, simply visit the wishlist page on our website. From there, you can browse through the list of requested items and choose which ones you’d like to purchase. Your purchases will be shipped directly to the library for immediate use.

What types of food items are needed for the Blessing Box?

We welcome donations of non-perishable food items for our Blessing Box. Examples include canned goods, pasta, rice, cereal, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables. Please ensure that all items are unopened and within their expiration dates.

How do I contribute prizes for the Summer Reading Program?

Donating prizes for the Summer Reading Program is simple! You can drop off your donations at the library during our regular operating hours. Toys are always a great option. If you’re unsure about what types of prizes to donate, feel free to contact us for suggestions.

Why should I donate to the library?

Donating to the library directly impacts our local community by supporting educational initiatives, fostering literacy, and providing access to resources for people of all ages. Your contribution helps maintain a vital community institution that serves as a hub for learning, creativity, and connection. Additionally, libraries often operate on tight budgets, so your donation can have a significant and immediate impact on the quality of services and programs we offer.

Help EGFPL By Donating Today!

About Us

About Us

About the E.G. Fisher Public Library

E.G. Fisher Public Library’s Mission

The E.G. Fisher Public Library builds community, offering all people in McMinn County a full range of resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work.

The library is a dependable source of reliable information and of challenging ideas that enlighten and enrich.  The library offers materials in many formats that enhance leisure time and expand our knowledge of our world.  The library encourages the love of reading and the joy of learning and offers the assistance people need to find, evaluate, and use electronic and print information resources that help us live successful and rewarding lives. 

Our Manager Team

Rebeckah Coleman

Library Director

Nina Centeno

Circulation Manager

Meleena Livesay

Program Director

Cyndi Scott

Assistant Circulation Manager

E.G. Fisher Public Library


1289 Ingleside Avenue Athens, Tn, 37303

Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday

9:30AM – 8:00PM

Wednesday & Friday

9:30AM – 5:30PM


10AM – 5PM


Sundays & First Wednesday of the Month


(423) 745-7782

Adventure Begins At Your Library – 2024 Summer Reading Program

Adventure Begins At Your Library – 2024 Summer Reading Program

Register Today!

Adventure Begins At Your Library: 2024 Summer Reading Challenge

Motivate your reader this Summer with E.G. Fisher Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! The Summer Reading Challenge is for everyone of all ages! The more books you read the prizes you could win!


Register at http://fisherlibrary.readsquared.com or download the READsquared app through your app store.

  • Register as an individual or as a family using ReadSquared. You can find us under E.G. Fisher Library.

Choose your reading challenge program:


For kids/adults who are read to

Log the number of books read.

Prize Wheel

Readers by Books

For kids who can read or take an active role during reading (Recommended to kids reading board books, level readers, and picture books.)

Log the number of books read.

Prize Wheel

Readers by Pages

For kids who can read or take an active role during reading (Recommended to kids reading chapter books/+/= 200 pages)

Log every pages read.

Prize Wheel


For readers ages 12 – 18.

Log every 100 pages read.

Weekly Raffle Drawing


For adult readers 18+.

Log the number of books read.

Weekly Raffle Drawing

Important Dates:

Logging books starts on May 30th.

First day to collect a prize is June 3rd.

July 15th is the last day to log books and spin the prize wheel. Be aware there is a daily logging limit.

Prizes won must be collected by July 31st.

Prize Milestones

Listeners – by 10 until 200; by 20 until 300; by 25 until 600

Readers by Books – by 10 until 300; by 20 until 600

Readers by Pages – by 50 until 400; by 100 until 1000; by 200 until 3000; by 300 until 8400; by 400 until 12000; by 500 until 15000

Teens – For every 100 pages read, teens get an entry into a weekly prize drawing. We will call to notify winner.

Adults – For every book read, adults get an entry into a weekly prize drawing. We will call to notify winner.


Frequently Asked

Do I have to have a library card to sign up for the reading challenge?

No. It is not required to have a library card to particpiate in library programs, including the summer reading challenge. 

Do the books I read have to come from the library?

No. For EGFPL’s Summer Reading Challenge, you can read ANY book you like, and it can be from anywhere (ie . house, church, daycare, school, library, etc.) Audiobooks also count for the challenge!

If my kid doesn't want the prize won from spinning the wheel, is there a substitute?

Yes! If your kid spins and wins a prize they don’t want, they can select a book off the book cart.

Does my kid have to participate in the reading challenge to join a library summer event?

No. You’re child can participate in the library summer events without registering for the reading challenge and vice versa. We invite you to join both the summer reading program and the variety of library events as they are free and fun!

Is the Summer Reading Challenge for adults too?

Yes! Our Summer Reading Challenge is for everyone! The more books you read, the more points you earn to be turned in to the a weekly drawing.

I already have a Readsquared acount, do I need to create a new one for the Summer Reading Challenge?

No, although you would want to make sure yours and family’s info is all up to date. Starting May 30th, you will be able to particpate and log your reading. Don’t forget to enroll in this years reading program choices depending on your age and reading level.


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