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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.

Learn more about who we are and what we do.

  • Download a copy of our July 2019 Annual Report here.
  • Read the latest issue of Friends ❤️ KCPL, our monthly e-newsletter, here.
  • Subscribe to our e-newsletters to stay up to date on what’s going on with Friends.

National Poetry Month: A Celebration

April is National Poetry Month, and the Friends are holding an online celebration by adding a poem to our special event page each day to remind us of the many ways that poetry can bring solace, strength, and joy in uncertain times.

Join the celebration by visiting our National Poetry Month page each day in April. 

After thoughtful consideration, the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Knox County Public Library has made the difficult decision to suspend all volunteer activity and work by the Friends as of Monday, March 16

Here are specific public activities governed by this decision:

  • Rothrock Used Book Shop is closed.
  • Sequoyah, Farragut, and Halls branch sales are cancelled but, we hope, will be rescheduled.
  • The Annual Book Sale originally scheduled for April 17–20 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for late June.  

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate the recommendations by the Knox County Health Department and the CDC. I encourage everyone to follow protocols and practice social distancing.

Thank you for your support of the Friends and KCPL!

Sharon Smith, President
Friends of the Knox County Public Library

Suspension of Book Donations

We’re grateful for the books you donate to us at your favorite Knox County Public Library location, and we love receiving all those purple bags filled with your generous donations. However, because we’ve suspended all our volunteer activities, we won’t be able to accept additional donations until further notice. Thanks for understanding, and thanks for your ongoing support of Friends!

Help Friends Put Books in Readers’ Hands

Thanks to your incredible generosity during the 2018 Empty Stocking Fund Children’s Book Drive, we received enough donations to give the gift of reading to children in our community during the holidays in 2018 and 2019!

The book mobile from the Knoxville Dream Center delivers books to children in various locations in our community, including these young residents of an apartment complex off Sutherland Avenue.

Now we have a new opportunity to put books in readers’ hands year round through our Books in the Community program, and once again your financial support can help.

While we give away books to dozens of agencies in our community, we often don’t have the books those agencies ask for. A few examples: Centro Hispano and the Knox County Sheriff’s Detention Center requested books in Spanish. The Montgomery Village Library asked for up-to-date study guides to help people prepare for the GED or qualify for employment. The Career Magnet Academy requested copies of Angie Thomas’ popular novel The Hate U Give.

Why were we unable to fill these and other requests? Because our book donations come from private collections and from KCPL’s withdrawals, and books that are current and popular today rarely find their way into our inventory.

Providing books to address the varied needs of our community is an ongoing challenge. Please help us meet that challenge and build a stronger, healthier, and more literate community by making a donation to Books in the Community online today. 

Grow With Us as a Member of Friends in 2020!

Grow with us in 2020! Join an energetic family that supports outstanding programs and advocates on behalf of the Knox County Public Library year-round.

As a member of Friends, you’ll be a stakeholder in one of Knox County’s longest-standing nonprofit organizations.

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.

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 Nonprofit Organization number (HA962) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.