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Read Across America: Free Books

Free Books: To Borrow and to Keep

Public libraries are an excellent resource when it comes to inspiring children to read. Not only can you borrow books at no charge, you can also participate in the many events geared at early childhood literacy, such as storytime. 

The public libraries of Sumner County are represented on this page. The links will provide you will contact information for each library, where you can to find out how to get a library card for you and your children, and discover the many events that each library offers. 

Public libraries are well represented throughout the state of Tennessee, if your library does not appear on this list, contact your local county government for details on your library.

Volunteer State Community College students automatically have access to our library resources upon enrollment. Not a student? No problem. Stop in and request a community card, all you need is a state issued I.D. For more information on community cards, contact our circulation staff at or 615-230-3400.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides FREE books to children all over the world. Regardless of income, all children from birth to age 5 can enroll to receive a free book, which will be delivered to their home each month.

Little Free Libraries seem to be popping up everywhere. Many neighborhoods have created miniature libraries, allowing you to share books with others in your community. As their names suggest, it's free and you can keep, return, or even donate books. 

Gallatin Public Library

Gallatin residents, contact the Gallatin Public Library to obtain your library card.

Hendersonville Public Library

Contact the Hendersonville Public Library if you reside in Hendersonville.

Imagination Library

Imagination Library will deliver a free book, each month to children from birth to 5 years of age. Dolly Parton provides additional details about the program, and you how you can register your child to participate.

Little Free Libraries

Families and children reading books

You can find Little Free Libraries in many neighborhoods. Take a book or leave a book to share with others...perhaps even meet some new reading buddies.

Portland Public Library

Portland residents, Portland Public Library will help you obtain your library card.

White House Public Library

White House Public Library will assist White House residents in obtaining a library card.

Inspiration from anywhere & everywhere

You can find inspiration anywhere. Public libraries, such as New York Public Library, offer virtual storytimes, join them! Don't limit your child (or yourself) to your own backyard. Expand your horizons and embrace the diversity that is our world. Discover a book online; then borrow and enjoy from from your local library.