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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.


Truth and Consequences Continues: Getting Down to the Truth

The Knox County Public Library has launched Getting Down to the Truth, a monthly conversation about fake news, filter bubbles, and big data with a focus on how to identify credible and not-so-credible sources.

The series continues the discussions that took place during July’s Truth and Consequences Symposium. All events will be held at the East Tennessee History Center and are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events:

  • Mastering Education Information: September 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Investigating Local News: October 10, 6:30 p.m.
  • Accounting for Wealth Inequality: November 15, noon

The Truth and Consequences Symposium is made possible through a grant from the Jane L. Pettway Foundation and the Knox County Public Library Foundation.


Book Release Celebration with Kerri Maniscalco

Join Friends, the Knox County Public Library’s Teen Central, the Center for Children’s & Young Adult Literature at The University of Tennessee, and Union Ave Books on Tuesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. as we celebrate the release of Hunting Prince Dracula by YA author Kerri Maniscalco. The celebration will be held in the auditorium of West High School at 3300 Sutherland Avenue in Knoxville.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Maniscalco’s books will be available for purchase, and she will sign books after she speaks.


Kerri Maniscalco Writing Contest for Grades 9–12

To celebrate the release of Kerri Maniscalco’s new YA novel, Hunting Prince Dracula, and to encourage our community’s young writers, Friends is sponsoring a writing contest for all students in Knox County in grades 9–12.

Students may submit original prose that is suitable for young adults in any of the following categories: gothic, horror, murder, mystery, forensics, or historical fiction. The submission deadline is October 31. Participants will be eligible to receive cash awards for their work.

The contest details and submission form can be found here.


Did You Know?

As part of its community outreach mission, Friends of the Knox County Public Library works with area agencies to provide books and materials for underserved populations in Knox County.

Learn more about the Books in the Community program here.


 Branch and Special Used Book Sales


Book sales at library branches and special events offer shoppers easy access to great used books at affordable prices.

Upcoming Sales


The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop

phyllisshopperThe Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop, the little book shop with the big bargains, is open year round.

Located just inside Lawson McGhee Library, Rothrock has an ever-changing inventory. Visit our Rothrock page for the latest information about monthly specials and hours.


Your Friendship Matters

Be a Friend in 2017! Join an energetic family that supports outstanding programs and advocates on behalf of the Knox County Public Library year-round.

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As a member of Friends, you’ll be a stakeholder in one of Knox County’s longest-standing nonprofit organizations. You’ll also receive two special discounts: 10% off at the East Tennessee History Center’s museum shop, and 20% off one entire purchase at Union Ave Books.

Whether you’re a new Friend or an old one, please join or renew your membership today! Library lovers all over Knox County will thank you!


Register your Kroger Plus Card

Support Friends of the Knox County Public Library by registering your Kroger Plus Card and choosing Friends as your recipient! You’ll earn points for us with every purchase you make — points that will be converted into dollars of support for Friends. Don’t worry — you’ll still receive your usual Kroger Plus Card discounts. And library lovers in Knox County will thank you for your support!

KrogerCommRewardsIf you haven’t registered your card yet, follow 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.

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