Grants and Mini-grants

Friends of the Knox County Public Library supports the library system by awarding mini-grants each year for library programs and equipment.

In addition to contributing directly to the library to help support programs not covered by the budget, Friends enables KCPL to win much-needed funds from grants for programs such as the Children’s Festival of Reading and the NEA Big Read through our partnership as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

In FY 2018, Friends will provide support for:

  • Knox County Public Library’s 2018 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.
  • Teen programming, including Teen Summer Reading.
  • Author events presented in partnership with KCPL and others: FY 2018 events include authors Kerri Maniscalco in September and Denise Kiernan and Sharyn McCrumb in October as well as a group of contributors to Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South in November.
  • Books and refreshments for two book discussion groups, All Over the Page and Books Sandwiched In.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County as part of our ongoing commitment to help Knox County’s youngest citizens develop a love of books and reading.
  • Holiday visits from Santa to library branches.
  • A portable iPod speaker for the Children’s Room at Lawson McGhee Library.
  • A microfilm duplicator for the Knox County Archives to preserve some of the oldest and most frequently requested documents in the Archives.
  • Film screenings and live music presented by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) during the East Tennessee History Fair.
  • Staff Appreciation lunches for all library staff.