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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.

Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia

Friends, Union Ave Books, the Knox County Public Library, and the East Tennessee Historical Society will host a discussion of Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia with authors Jessica Wilkerson and Ginny Savage Ayers on Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. The event is free and open to the public.

In To Live Here, You Have to Fight, Wilkerson tells the stories of the women in Appalachia who acted as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s — women who shaped and sustained programs, engaged in ideological debates, offered fresh visions of democratic participation, and faced personal political struggles.

Ayers drew on the notes and files of her late father, long-time reporter, UPI bureau chief, and author Lon Savage, as well has her own research to complete his unfinished book, Never Justice, Never Peace, the story of Mother Jones and the miner rebellion at Paint and Cabin Creeks in 1912–13.

Copies of the authors’ books may be purchased at the event, and Wilkerson and Ayers will be available to sign copies of their books.


Book Sales at Branch Libraries

We bring books to Knox County neighborhoods at book sales at branch libraries. 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. 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!

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.

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