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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.

Download a copy of our July 2018 Annual Report here.


Share the Joy of Reading!

Join the 2018 Empty Stocking Fund Children’s Book Drive and help Friends of the Library and Knox County Public Library collect new or like-new children’s books to include in holiday baskets from the Knoxville News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund (ESF).

Here’s how you can be a part of this year’s campaign to collect enough books to ensure that every child receives a new book this holiday season:

  • Collect gift-quality books. For some children, their ESF books and gifts will be the only ones they receive. Please note that we cannot accept Imagination Library books as donations.
  • Drop off your book donations at any Knox County Public Library branch or at Union Ave Books.
  • Help us expand our reach by organizing a book drive in a group in your community (e.g., Scouts, book club, church, neighborhood association).
  • Let us do your shopping for you! Make a tax-deductible donation online using the link below, or mail a check to Friends at 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902.

We especially need board books for infants and toddlers (ages 0–2) and books for middle and high schoolers. Spanish-language and bilingual books are also needed. Graphic novels are popular with all ages.

The holiday book drive extends through Monday, November 19. Please visit our special ESF Book Drive page to learn more about this year’s drive and to find suggestions for your book shopping.


Music on the Mezzanine: A History of Rock ‘n’ Roll with Sean McCollough

On four Thursday evenings beginning October 11, Sean McCollough, will bring his extensive knowledge of music history to the 2nd floor mezzanine of Lawson McGhee Library for an unconventional, performance-laced romp through the history of rock ‘n roll. Each week McCollough will explore the roots of rock through the 1970s with lectures, discussions, stories, and live performances.

  • October 11: Roots of Rock
  • October 18: The 1950s
  • October 25: The 1960s
  • November 1: The 1970s

Presented by the Knox County Public Library and Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Music on the Mezzanine is a free series that will explore three musical genres: rock and roll, jazz, and opera. Over the course of a month, an expert presenter will explore the history and characteristics of each style of music through stories and both live and recorded performances.

The 2nd floor mezzanine of Lawson McGhee Library is the home of the Sights & Sounds Department, which features an extensive collection of music CDs, streaming music and other media, audiobooks on CD, feature films, documentaries, and television shows, all available for checkout or download.

This program is supported by a grant from the Arts & Culture Alliance and Tennessee Arts Commission.


Book Sales at Branch Libraries and Special Events

We’re bringing books to the community 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 branch sales

Upcoming special sale

We’ll be at the Children’s Consignment Sale at Freedom Christian Academy on November 1–3 for a special used book sale.

Location: Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, 4615 Asheville Highway

Hours:

  • Thursday, November 1: 5:30–7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 2: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 3: 8 a.m.–noon ($5 bag sale all day)

Step Up for Your Library!

Step up for your library in 2018! 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!

View the photo album from our 2018 membership campaign kickoff at Open Streets Knoxville here, and watch the short video below to find out why some of our Friends stepped up for the Knox County Public Library.


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!

KrogerCommRewardsFollow 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.

Stay up to date on what’s going on with Friends. Subscribe to our e-newsletters.


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