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 has provided 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 included authors Kerri Maniscalco in September, Denise Kiernan and Sharyn McCrumb in October, a group of contributors to Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South in November, Elaine Weiss in March, and Nikki Giovanni in April.
  • Books and refreshments for two book discussion groups, All Over the Page and Books Sandwiched In.
  • Reading Close to Home, a series of discussions of the short stories of William Faulkner.
  • 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 and live music for Home Movie Night on Market Square.
  • Staff Appreciation lunches for all library staff.