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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 2020 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.

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Join us at the best non-event of the year — the Friends of the Knox County Public Library’s Stay Home and Read a Book Ball.

When: Saturday, February 20, for a few hours or even all day!

Where: Your couch or favorite chair, your bed, a tent in the woods — anywhere you choose!

How: RSVP by making a gift in any amount to Friends here. Then shop for books with a 10% off coupon from Union Ave Books, mix a drink with a free recipe from Libacious, and join us as we read for a cause!

Why: While you’re having a ball reading at home, you’ll be supporting the Knox County Public Library by helping us raise funds to add more e-materials to the library’s collection.

Attire: Your favorite PJs, evening attire, or anything in between — it’s up to you.

Our Book Ball Sponsors: 

Tails and Tales: The Million Hour Reading Expedition

Read about llamas while in your pajamas. Log your time with a Tennessee frog. Have a whale of a time as you travel the world of animals in one of the most exciting vehicles on the planet — stories from your library
From the mountains to the oceans, from farms and neighborhoods to the tundra, this year brings new adventures to participants in the 2021 Read City USA challenge. Let the Knox County Public Library be your guide to the critters of the world and their habitats in the million-hour reading expedition of Tails and Tales. Our resourceful librarians have suggestions for stories that readers can’t bear to put down. 
Pick up your Tails and Tales Field Guide at any of KCPL’s locations. Or if you prefer, keep track of your travels online. For every 10 hours of reading, whether you’re a kid, a teen, or an adult, you will earn a new habitat sticker, and once you have completed 120 hours, you qualify for prizes. If you’ve logged your reading time for a Read City USA challenge before, it’s easy to register for the new challenge under the “Discover” tab on the app. Don’t have a Beanstack account yet? Click here for options.

50 Years of Library Love

Since our first meeting at Church Street United Methodist Church on September 29, 1970, the Friends of the Knox County Public Library have been dedicated to finding ways to demonstrate our love for libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area through community outreach, advocacy, and support of the Knox County Public Library System and staff.

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we presented a check for $50,000 — $1,000 for each year of our existence — to our library on September 30, 2020. The library will use our gift to add some 850 ebooks and audiobooks to its collection. Visit our special anniversary web page to view a video of the presentation as well as other videos, including a series of tributes from the library.

As we look ahead to our next 50 years, one thing is clear: Our library needs us more than ever. With your help, we can continue to support our library as it evolves to meet the changing needs of our community.

Be Among Friends in 2021!

When you’re a Friend of the Knox County Public Library, you are among friends — friends who are part of a community that loves and supports our library and acknowledges its value as a center of excellence in an informed society.

As a member of Friends, you’ll be part of a tradition of library love and support that began in 1970.

Whether you’re a new Friend or an old one, please join for the first time or renew your membership today! Library lovers all over Knox County will thank you!

Open for Business: The Friends of KCPL’s Online Bookstore

Visit our online bookstore to shop for grab bags filled with books in your favorite genres as well as individually priced collectible books!

Orders can be picked up at one of four KCPL locations:

  • Burlington Branch: Saturdays from 1–5 p.m.
  • Cedar Bluff Branch: Thursdays from 3–7 p.m.
  • Halls Branch: Thursdays from 3–7 p.m.
  • Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library: Monday–Saturday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Be sure to choose your location when you place your order.

When it’s time to pick up your order, please park and come into the library. A Friends volunteer will be waiting in the vestibule at library branches with your books. Books will be placed in an easily accessible location in Rothrock for pickup there. Face masks are required inside all library locations.

Thank you for your patience as you wait for your order. A Friends volunteer will be carefully curating your grab bag!

Our online bookstore gives us a safe way to provide books to our shoppers. It also helps us reduce our inventory so we can begin to accept book donations again. And as always, the proceeds of purchases help support Friends and our library. Thanks for shopping with your Friends!

Temporarily Closed: Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop

After careful consideration of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in December and out of our concern for the health and safety of our volunteers and shoppers, we are closing the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop at Lawson McGhee Library for the month of January. Note that Rothrock will continue to be one of the pickup locations for our online bookstore.

Continued Suspension of Book Donations

We’re grateful for the books you donate to us
at your favorite
Knox County Public Library location, and we love receiving all those purple bags filled with your generous donations. However, we’re still unable to accept donations. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to receive your gently used books again.  Thanks for understanding, and thanks for your ongoing support of Friends!

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.