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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 2018 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.

Read to the Moon with Summer Library Club!

Reading can take you anywhere, and the Knox County Public Library, Read City USA, and Friends of the Knox County Public Library are ready to help you read to the moon this summer. 

From now through July 31, children all over Knox County will be reading, enjoying family-friendly library programs, and exploring Knoxille during KCPL’s Summer Library Club. This fun and educational program is a great way to help children maintain and improve reading skills through the summer break. 

You can participate, too, and show our community’s youngest citizens that reading is both important and enjoyable. Download the Beanstack app on your smartphone, search for Knox County Library, register, and start logging your reading hours. Or follow the same steps at Beanstack online. By spending only 20 minutes a day with the printed page, together we can reach or even exceed Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ Read City USA goal of 250,000 hours of reading.

Help Knox County’s Young Readers Reach the Moon!

This year’s Summer Library Club is filled with reading, special library programs, and visits to cultural and educational attractions that will keep kids engaged in learning and show them how much fun libraries can be. And along the way, they’ll discover that reading can take them anywhere.
How can you help Knox County’s young readers on their journey to the moon this summer? By making a special gift to Friends to support Summer Library Club. Your contributions will help KCPL continue to bring outstanding family-friendly programs to library locations and to reward readers for completing their mission. No flight suits or space travel required — just a love of libraries, books, reading, and our community’s youngest citizens. Click on the image below to make your donation online today! 

Book Sales at Branch Libraries and Special Events

We bring books to Knox County neighborhoods at book sales at branch libraries and special events. These sales feature a wide selection of books at the same great prices as our Annual Used Book Sale.

Upcoming Sales

Step Up for Your Library!

Step up for your library in 2019! 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.