Share the joy of reading!

Help Friends of the Library and Knox County Public Library collect new or like-new children’s books to include in holiday baskets from the Knoxville News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund (ESF).

Be a part of this year’s campaign to collect enough books to ensure that every child receives a new book this holiday season!

  • Collect gift-quality books. For some children, their ESF books and gifts will be the only ones they receive. Please note that we cannot accept Imagination Library books as donations.
  • Drop off your book donations at any Knox County Public Library branch or at Union Ave Books.
  • Help us expand our reach by organizing a book drive in a group in your community (e.g., Scouts, book club, church, neighborhood association).

We especially need board books for infants and toddlers (ages 0–2) and books for middle and high schoolers. Spanish-language and bilingual books are also needed. Graphic novels are popular with all ages.

The holiday book drive extends through Wednesday, November 30. If you have ideas for a group book drive, please let us know at 865-215-8775 or, and we’ll help you arrange it and promote your efforts!

With your help, we can bring smiles to the faces of children all over Knox County with the gift of reading.

Need suggestions? Check out these lists of books for children and young adults:

10 Spanish/English Bilingual Picture Books

13 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

30 Great Children’s Books in Spanish

43 Graphic Novels for Young Readers, from Toddlers to Teens

100 Greatest Books for Kids

100 Must-Read Middle Grade Fantasy Books From the Last 10 Years

Age-by-Age Suggested Reading List

Bedtime Books

Best Book Series

Best Books for Babies and Toddlers

Books About Friendship

Hispanic American Books for Kids of All Ages

Mystery Books

Wonderful Wordless Books


2017 ESF Children’s Book Drive Hosts

  • Cedar Bluff Racquet Club
  • Gallaher Station Homeowners Association
  • Knoxville Racquet Club
  • West Valley Middle School


2017 ESF Book Drive Partners


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