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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.


An Evening With Elaine Weiss

Friends, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and WUOT will host an evening with award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. Weiss will speak about and sign copies of her latest book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, which will be released on March 6.

Tickets are $10 each and are available for purchase online, at Union Ave Books, and at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop just inside Lawson McGhee Library. Ticket holders may purchase copies of The Woman’s Hour at the event at a discount of 10%.


Friends Annual Used Book Sale: April 14–17

WHAT: Thousands of carefully selected used books and much more for sale at amazingly low prices

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, through Tuesday, April 17

WHERE: The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park3301 East Magnolia Avenue,
Knoxville, 37914 (easy access with ample free parking!)

WHY: To support the Knox County Public Library

Subscribe to our e-newsletters and visit the 2018 Used Book Sale web page to stay up to date on book sale news.


Celebrating Young Writers

Contest winners Pierce Gentry (third place), Kathryn White (second place), and Kelsey Craighead (first place).

Congratulations to Kelsey Craighead, Kathryn White, and Pierce Gentry, first-, second-, and third-place winners, respectively, of the 2017 Kerri Maniscalco Writing Contest for Knox County students in grades 9–12.

Read their prize-winning stories, view photos and videos from the awards ceremony held on December 20, and see media coverage of the three young writers here.


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.


Step Up for Your Library!

Step up for your library in 2018! 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!

View the photo album from our 2018 membership campaign kickoff at Open Streets Knoxville here, and watch the short video below to find out why some of our Friends stepped up for the Knox County Public Library.


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!

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 Friends. Subscribe to our e-newsletters.


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