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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.


Have a Rockin’ Good Time With KCPL’s Summer Library Club!

Libraries rock, and the Knox County Public Library is doing it in style, with over 100 programs to explore this summer. Pick up a copy of the Summer 2018 edition of KCPL’s Off the Shelf at any library branch or download your copy here.

And don’t forget to sign the family up today for Summer Library Club at any KCPL branch or online and get started on your most rockin’ summer ever!


Chip In for Summer Library Club!

As a lover of libraries, books, and reading, you can show your support for KCPL’s Summer Library Club and help ensure that it continues year after year by contributing to our 2018 Chip-In Campaign. Your contributions will make it possible to bring outstanding family-friendly programs to libraries and to reward readers for achieving their goals. Make a difference — chip in for Summer Library Club by making your donation online today.


An Evening With Jon Meacham

Renowned presidential historian and Tennessee native Jon Meacham will appear in Knoxville on Sunday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Knoxville. He will discuss his new book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander will join the author on stage.

Friends will join Union Ave Books as a host for this special event.

Tickets for Meacham’s appearance are $35 and can be purchased at Union Ave Books or online. The ticket price includes a copy of the book.

In The Soul of America, Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics by looking back at critical times in our country’s history when hope overcame division. He tells us that what Abraham Lincoln called the­ “better angels of our nature” have found a way to prevail again and again during dark times throughout our country’s history.

The Knox County Public Library, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and WUOT are also partners for this event.

Note: Free parking will be available on July 8 at the State Street Garage, 500 State Street.


Book Sales at Branch Libraries and Special Events

We’re bringing books to the community at book sales at branch libraries and special events this summer. 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 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 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. Subscribe to our e-newsletters.


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