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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.


September is Library Card Sign-up Month

What’s the only thing more powerful than a Teen Titan? A library card!

A library card opens doors and minds. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs, and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

Get your card at the Knox County Public Library!


Septiembre es el Mes de inscripción para tarjetas de la biblioteca

¿Que es lo unico más poderoso que un Titan Adolescente? ¡Una tarjeta de la biblioteca!

La tarjeta de biblioteca abre puertas y mentes. Los estudiantes pueden recurrir a la biblioteca en busca de materiales, programas, y personal bibliotecario conocedor que respalda el rendimiento académico.

¡Obtenga su tarjeta en la Knox County Public Library!


Kerri Maniscalco Writing Contest for Grades 9–12

To celebrate the release of Kerri Maniscalco’s new YA novel, Hunting Prince Dracula, and to encourage our community’s young writers, Friends is sponsoring a writing contest for all students in Knox County in grades 9–12.

Students may submit original prose that is suitable for young adults in any of the following categories: gothic, horror, murder, mystery, forensics, or historical fiction. The submission deadline is October 31. Participants will be eligible to receive cash awards for their work.

The contest details and submission form can be found here.


An Evening With Denise Kiernan

Join Friends, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with best-selling author Denise Kiernan on Thursday, October 5, at the East Tennessee History Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; at 7 p.m., Kiernan will speak about and sign copies of her latest book, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home.

Tickets for this event are $10 each and can be purchased online, at Union Ave Books, and at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop. Ticket holders may purchase copies of The Last Castle at the event at a discount of 10%.

Download a copy of our poster for this event to share with your friends.


An Evening With Sharyn McCrumb

The East Tennessee Historical Society and Friends of the Knox County Public Library invite you to join them at a lecture and book signing with best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. This free event will be held at the East Tennessee History Center.

McCrumb will speak about her newest book, The Unquiet Grave. The evening will begin with a light reception that will be followed by the author’s lecture and book signing.


 Branch and Special Used Book Sales


Book sales at library branches and special events offer shoppers easy access to great used books at affordable prices.

Download a copy of our poster for library branch sales through the end of 2017 for yourself or to share with a friend.

Upcoming Sales


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.


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.

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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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