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.

Agencies that have partnered with Friends for 2016–17 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
  • Emerald Youth Foundation
  • Family Promise
  • 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
  • Knox Area Ministries
  • Knox County Detention Center
  • Children’s Department of Knox County Health Department
  • Knox County Police Department
  • Knox County Public Defenders
  • Maud Booth Senior Apartments, Volunteers of America
  • Mission of Hope
  • Morningside Gardens Apartments
  • NHC: Farragut, Holston Health & Rehabilitation, Knoxville
  • Office of Neighborhoods
  • 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
  • Wesley House
  • West Hills Health & Rehab
  • Windsor Gardens Assisted Living

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