Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

The Friends 2017 Used Book Sale

Mark your calendars! The 2017 Used Book Sale will be back at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park April 1–4 with thousands of carefully selected used books at amazingly low prices.

Visit our special Used Book Sale web page for more information, and sign up to receive our e-newsletters for regular updates.

Employment Opportunity

Friends of the Knox County Public Library, a well-established member of the area’s nonprofit community, is seeking applications for a Coordinator. The position is full-time and includes overall responsibility for coordinating the operations of Friends in support of the work of its officers, board of directors, and volunteers.

Salary: Based on $15–17 per hour, depending on experience
Benefits: Negotiable
Hours: 40 hours per week, flexible
Starting Date: March 1, 2017

For further information, please download a copy of the full position description here.

Upcoming Author Events

Amy Greene (left) and Anne Lamott (Amy Greene’s photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess; Anne Lamott’s photo by Sam Lamott)

Thursday, March 23: 2017 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture with Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot and Long Man, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center

Sunday, April 9: An Evening with Anne Lamott, author of Small Victories and Hallelujah Anyway, at  7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street

Picturing the Smokies for Pi Beta Phi

On November 28, 2016, a sudden and dramatic shift in the high winds that were fanning a major wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park moved the fire to Gatlinburg, claiming 14 lives and causing extensive property damage. Although the historic Pi Beta Phi Elementary School itself sustained no damage, two students perished in the fire.

To show support for those affected by the fires, the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of their 2009 DVD, Picturing the Smokies, to the Pi Beta Phi School PTA Student and Staff Fund.

The DVD features footage of Pi Beta Phi in the 1930s, Mount LeConte and its lodge, presidential visits, and rare views of mountain life and people such as Wiley Oakley and the famous Walker Sisters. A DVD sampler can be viewed here.

The DVD is available for $20 per copy and may be purchased at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop or the East Tennessee History Center or online.

To learn more about the Pi Beta Phi Elementary PTA, visit their Facebook page.

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 special sales 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.


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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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.