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 2019 Used Book Sale to select books for their organizations.

Agencies that have partnered with Friends during the past year include:

  • Beaumont Magnet Academy (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Belle Morris Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Beverly Park Health & Rehab
  • Big Fish Afterschool at Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church
  • CAC East Center Tutorial and Mentoring Program
  • CAC Office on Aging: Daily Life Center
  • CAC Office on Aging: Grandparents as Parents Program
  • Career Magnet Academy
  • Cedarbrook Outreach, West Park Baptist Church
  • Centro Hispano
  • Cherokee Health
  • Christenberry Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Christenberry Recreation Center
  • Clarity Pointe
  • Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Compassion Closet
  • Cozy Kids Daycare
  • Dogwood Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Family Promise
  • Gam’s Hair Fashions
  • Head Start of Knoxville-Knox County
  • Helen Ross McNabb
  • Heritage Assisted Living, Fountain City
  • Hope Central of Knoxville
  • Inskip Elementary University-Assisted Community Schools Program
  • Johnson University
  • Knox Area Transit (KAT)
  • Knox County Detention Center


  • Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office
  • Knox County Senior Centers: Carter, Corryton, Halls, Karns, South Knoxville, and Strang
  • Koinonia Foundation Therapeutic Recreation
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Maud Booth Senior Apartments, Volunteers of America
  • Montgomery Village
  • Morningside Gardens Apartments
  • The Muse
  • New Hopewell Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Norwood Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Phyllis Wheatley Center, YWCA
  • Prosperity Pointe Assisted Living
  • The Residences at Eastport
  • The Residences at Five Points
  • Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center
  • Safe Families for Children
  • Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • South Knoxville Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Spring Hill Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
  • 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