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. Friends also relies on monetary donations to purchase books when it is impossible to meet the needs of agencies with donated books. 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)
  • Bridge Refugee Services
  • Buckingham Retirement Community
  • CAC East Center Tutorial and Mentoring Program
  • CAC Office on Aging: Daily Life Center
  • CAC Office on Aging: Grandparents as Parents Program
  • Candleridge Senior Apartments (Volunteers of America)
  • Career Magnet Academy
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cedarbrook Outreach, West Park Baptist Church
  • Centro Hispano
  • Cherokee Health Systems
  • Christenberry Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Office of Neighborhoods (City of Knoxville)
  • Clarity Pointe
  • Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Compassion Closet
  • Cozy Kids Daycare
  • Dogwood Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Emerald Youth Foundation
  • Family Promise
  • First Baptist Church, Powell
  • Gam’s Hair Fashions
  • Head Start of Knoxville-Knox County
  • Helen Ross McNabb
  • Heritage Assisted Living, Cedar Bluff
  • Heritage Assisted Living, Fountain City
  • HomeSource East Tennessee
  • Hope Central of Knoxville
  • Inskip Elementary University-Assisted Community Schools Program
  • Island Home Park Rehabilitation
  • Jack and Jill
  • Johnson University
  • Kindercare
  • Knox Area Rescue Ministries
  • Knox Area Transit (KAT)
  • Knox County Detention Center

 

  • Knox County Health Department: Children’s Department
  • Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office
  • Lincoln Park United Methodist Literacy Mission
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Maud Booth Senior Apartments (Volunteers of America)
  • Montgomery Village
  • Morningside Gardens Apartments
  • The Muse
  • NHC Farragut
  • NHC Holston Health & Rehabilitation
  • NHC Knoxville
  • New Hopewell Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Northhaven
  • Norwood Elementary School (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Parents as Teachers (Great Schools Partnership)
  • Phyllis Wheatley Center, YWCA
  • Pond Gap Elementary School (University Assisted Community School)
  • Prosperity Pointe Assisted Living
  • Renaissance Terrace Assisted LIving
  • The Residences at Eastport
  • The Residences at Five Points
  • Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center
  • Riverhill Gateway Neighborhood (Little Free Libraries)
  • Safe Families for Children
  • Sarah Moore Greene Elementary Boys& Girls Club
  • Shannondale of Knoxville
  • South Knoxville Community Center
  • South Knoxville Elementary Boys & Girls Club
  • Summit View Farragut
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
  • The Village Mercantile
  • Vine Middle Magnet School
  • 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 books@knoxfriends.org.

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