Friends of the Knox County Public Library supports the library system directly by awarding special grants each year for library programs and equipment. With your help, we are working hard to close the gap between what our libraries need and what their funding provides.
Revenues from our volunteer-operated book sales combine with membership dues and donations to fund enhancements that would not be available otherwise. Your support is helping to ensure that our library system is the best possible.
Thanks to people like you, in FY 2016 Friends provided support for:
- Knox County Public Library’s 2016 Children’s Festival of Reading.
- Summer Library Club incentives and family-friendly activities at branches such as visits by Dr. Al Hazari, magician Michael Messing, and Zoo Knoxville.
- Premier author events; our FY 2016 events included Erik Larson in March, Robert Morgan in April, and Sharyn McCrumb in May.
- Teen programming, including Teen Read Week, Shakesfest and Teen Summer Reading.
- Books and refreshments for the discussion groups All Over the Page and Books Sandwiched In.
- The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) Smoky Mountain Film Festival held in conjunction with the Eighth Annual East Tennessee History Fair.
- The Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music, a 4-day city-wide festival on May 5–8, 2016, celebrating the release of the historic St. James Sessions of 1929 and 1930 on CD for the first time.
- Staff Appreciation lunches for all library staff.
- $5000 to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County as part of our commitment to provide a total of $50,000 between 2008 and 2018.