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Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!

Dan ZakJoin Friends, the Knox County Public LibraryUnion Ave Books, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with Washington Post reporter and author Dan Zak on Thursday, August 4, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center.

Zak will discuss his new book, Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age. He will be joined onstage by Sister Denise Laffan, a nun with the Japanese Buddhist order of Nipponzan Myohoji, which is building a Peace Pagoda in Cocke County.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and the author will be available to sign books after he speaks.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted to help ensure that Friends can continue to offer such events to the community. Seating will be limited, and advance registration is encouraged.

Chip In for Summer Library Club-2 Join the third annual Friends Chip In campaign and help keep the Knox County Public Library’s Summer Library Club going strong, year after year.

Be a part of this year’s campaign to raise $3000 by August 31 to ensure that Summer Library Club can continue to encourage Knox County’s young readers. Your donation can make a difference in their lives!

Be a Friend! 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 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.