Welcome to Friends of the Knox County Public Library!
Get ready for the Knoxville Stomp May 5–8! Join the celebration of the release of Knox County Stomp: The Knoxville Sessions 1929–1930, a boxed set of recordings made in Knoxville at the St. James Hotel.
The Stomp will feature live performances of many of the historic tracks, along with other music from the era, panel discussions, film screenings, a 78 rpm record collector show, and more in venues throughout downtown Knoxville. The Speaker Series on May 6 and 7 is sponsored by a Friends mini-grant.
Most Stomp events will be free and open to the public. Ticketed events include a performance at the Bijou Theatre on May 6 by Dom Flemons, who presented the 2015 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture.
Make plans to be at World’s Fair Park on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for the 2016 Children’s Festival of Reading! Get ready for a summer of reading with a full day of music, storytelling, arts, crafts, science exploration, food, and fun at this free event.
Meet your favorite authors, and sign up for the 2016 Summer Library Club. And while you’re there, stop by the Friends Used Book Sale for a great selection of new-to-you children’s books for your family’s summer reading.
Please join the East Tennessee Historical Society and Friends of the Knox County Public Library for an evening with award-winning Southern author Sharyn McCrumb on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. The event is free and open to the public.
McCrumb will discuss her new Ballad novel, Prayers the Devil Answers.
A light reception will precede the event at 6:30 p.m., and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Mark your calendars! The 2016 Annual Used Book Sale will be held June 25–28 at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. Thousands of beautiful used books will be on sale to benefit the Knox County Public Library.
From Members Only Day on June 25 through Bag Sale Day on June 28, this year’s sale promises to be the best ever!
Want to be a part of the 2016 team? Sign up to be a Used Book Sale volunteer!
As a member of Friends, you’ll be a stakeholder in one of Knox County’s longest-standing nonprofit organizations. You’ll be eligible to shop on Members Only Day at the 2016 Annual Used Book Sale. 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!
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!
If 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.