Books in the Community

To fulfill the community outreach mission of Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the Sales and Distribution Committee works with area agencies to provide books and materials for underserved populations in Knox County: the elderly in assisted living facilities, individuals who are incarcerated, families in homeless shelters, children in subsidized after-school daycare programs, and others.

A team of volunteers takes requests from agencies, selects appropriate books and materials, and arranges for delivery or pickup at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop in Lawson McGhee Library. Agencies, in turn, use the Friends logo in their publications and maintain a cooperative relationship with the organization as a whole.

Representatives of agencies were also invited to the final day of the 2018 Used Book Sale to select books for their organizations.

Agencies that have partnered with Friends during the past year are the following:

  • Bridge Refugee Services
  • CA Office on Aging: Grandparents as Parents Program
  • Candleridge Senior Apartments, Volunteers of America
  • Centro Hispano
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Clarity Pointe
  • Dogwood Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Emerald Youth Foundation
  • Family Promise
  • First Baptist Church, Powell
  • Great Schools Partnership
  • Helen Ross McNabb
  • Heritage Assisted Living: Cedar Bluff, Fountain City
  • HomeSource east tennessee
  • Hope Central
  • Inskip Elementary University Assisted Community Schools Program
  • Island Home Park Rehabilitation
  • Jack and Jill
  • Johnson University
  • Kindercare
  • Knox Area Rescue Ministries
  • Knox County Detention Center
  • Children’s Department of Knox County Health Department
  • Knox County Police Department
  • Knox County Public Defenders
  • Lincoln Park United Methodist Literacy Mission
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Lonsdale Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Maud Booth Senior Apartments, Volunteers of America
  • Mission of Hope
  • Morningside Gardens Apartments
  • NHC: Farragut, Holston Health & Rehabilitation, Knoxville
  • New Hopewell Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Northhaven
  • Norwood Community School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Office of Neighborhoods
  • Parents as Teachers (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Phyllis Wheatley Center, YWCA
  • Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living
  • Shannondale of Knoxville
  • South Knoxville Community Center
  • South Knox Elementary Boys & Girls Club
  • Summit View Farragut
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
  • The Village Mercantile
  • Vine Middle Magnet School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Walter P. Taylor Boys & Girls Club
  • Wesley House
  • West Hills Health & Rehab
  • West View Elementary (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Windsor Gardens Assisted Living

For more information about Books in the Community or to see if your agency qualifies, please email us at