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More faces supporting a must-have library!

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The library is FUN!

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

Book Sales!
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Computers and internet access for students and job-seekers!

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Parents teach the love of reading by example

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The Library: A World of Information

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Stand up for your library: become a member!

Join Today!

    Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!


    The Big ReadThe Big Read is here!

    Through March 13, we will join as a community in book discussions, film screenings, lectures, community discussions, and stage presentations centered around A Lesson Before Dying, the award-winning novel by Ernest J. Gaines.

    Check the schedule of events and be a part of this opportunity for our community to read, learn and change together.

    The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

    The Big Read aims to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities.

    Local program hosts are Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, the Clarence Brown Theatre, and the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office.


    Dead Wake_finalJoin the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Knox County Public LibraryUnion Ave Books, and sponsor Keurig Green Mountain for an evening with best-selling author Erik Larson on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre.

    Larson will discuss his latest book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

    Tickets for the event are $21 (reserved seating) and may be purchased online, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Tennessee Theatre Box Office. Each ticket holder will receive a paperback copy of Dead Wake.


    2015 Mini-Grant collageFrom outstanding author events to special programs for children, teens and adults, members of Friends helped us make great things happen in 2015.

    You can help us make 2016 even better by being part of an energetic family that advocates on behalf of the Knox County Public Library year-round.

    As a member of Friends in 2016, you’ll be a stakeholder in one of Knox County’s longest-standing nonprofit organizations. You’ll also be eligible for 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!

    Resolve to support Friends in 2016 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.

    Stay up to date on what’s going on with Friends! Sign 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.