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The library is FUN!


Our used book sales benefit the library and put books in readers’ hands

Book Sales!

Computers and internet access for students and job-seekers!


Parents teach the love of reading by example


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    Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

    BookBaby2015Summer reading incentives. Awesome visits to libraries by the Knoxville Zoo’s Zoomobile, magician Michael Messing, and Dr. Al Hazari. A full calendar of events at libraries all over Knox County. These are just a few of the ways the Knox County Public Library’s Summer Library Club can inspire children to keep reading all summer.

    You know that helping children maintain their reading skills over the summer is important. That’s why we hope you can join us in making this year’s Summer Library Club the best yet.

    Show your support for this incredible program by making a gift to our 2015 Chip In campaign. Use our easy online Chip In form, or send your contribution by mail to Friends of the Knox County Public Library, 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902.

    Children, parents and teachers all over Knox County will thank you!


    What: Friends of the Knox County Public Library’s Annual Meeting
    When: Monday, July 20, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Where: East Tennessee History Center
    Speaker: Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable

    ThreefriendsThank you for making the 2015 Used Book Sale so successful! Everything you did – volunteering, spreading the word, shopping – was important. And a special thanks to our sponsors: All Occasions Party Rentals, Comcast, the Knoxville News Sentinel, Modern Supply, Three Rivers Market, WBIR and WUOT.

    Hushed and Hunting Books

    Library Sale Saturday
    These are my people!

    —Lisa Koob, 2015 Used Book Sale haiku contestant

    Friends is now part of the Kroger Community Rewards Program!

    By linking your Kroger Plus card to Friends, you’ll earn points for us with every purchase you make. Don’t worry—this won’t affect how your Kroger Plus card gives you discounts. And library lovers in Knox County will thank you for your support!

    KrogerCommRewardsFollow these easy steps to link your card to Friends:

    • Register your card online—create an account, then enter your email, favorite store, and Kroger Plus card number.
    • At the bottom of your Account Summary, click Enroll under Community Rewards, and either enter our Kroger Non Profit number (65466) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

    Stay up to date on what’s going on with FriendsSign up to receive our e-newsletter Friends ♥ KCPL.

    Our Mission: Friends of the Knox County Public Library is dedicated to fostering a love of libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area by community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff.

    “The foundation of democracy is an educated electorate. When the economy is down, it is all the more vital that we the people have access to information, education, news…and now in modern times the internet….Libraries do that. For everyone.”

    ~ Emilly Bristol