Sullivan Gardens Library History

Sullivan Gardens Branch Library

Sullivan Gardens Branch Library

104 Bluegrass Drive

Kingsport, TN 37660

(423) 349-5990


email: Sullivan Gardens Manager


Monday – Saturday

9am – 5pm


The fourth branch of the Sullivan County Library system was established in Sullivan Gardens in 1975.  Prior to this time, library service was provided to the community at Watauga Regional bookmobile stations located first at the home of Mrs. Ethel Canupp, then the home of Mrs. Judy Barrett.  The citizens of the community, led by the Sullivan Garden Optimist Club, entered into an agreement with Sullivan County to establish a branch library.  The community was responsible for the housing, half of all equipment, and procuring volunteer staff for one year.  The library officially opened on January 19, 1975 in a building owned by Mrs. Walter Moody, the widow of the late Walter F. Moody, former Tennessee legislator, Sullivan County magistrate and community leader.  In his honor, the library was named the Moody Memorial Branch Library.  Mrs. Judy Barrett was the librarian for the branch.  That same year, the Sullivan Gardens Optimist Club won first place for its work in establishing the library branch in the culture and education category of the Optimist International Community Projects Competition judged at the 57th convention in San Francisco, California. 

The Sullivan Gardens Optimist Club notified the library board in 1981 that they could no longer fund the branch’s building and that it was to be sold.  In May of that year the Friends of the Library of Sullivan Gardens was organized to raise funds for a permanent facility for the library.  The Sullivan County School Board gave permission for a building to be erected on Sullivan Gardens Middle School property and a contract was entered into to construct an all steel building at that site.  The library moved into the new building in the summer of 1981 and was renamed the Sullivan Gardens Branch Library.  In 1997 the library was enlarged with an addition to the building. In 2008 the interior of the building was renovated with new paint, shelving and carpet.  After Mrs. Barrett’s retirement, Ms. Peggy Sutherland became the branch’s library manager, a position she continues to hold.