About Us

Friends of the Knox County Public Library has fostered a love of libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area since 1970.

We are a group of library lovers who:

  • Value the need for an excellent, free public library available to everyone.
  • Advocate and raise support for the 19 locations in our library system.
  • Contribute funds through annual membership dues and donations.
  • Donate our time through volunteering.
  • Share our love of books and reading through outreach initiatives and collaborations with dozens of community organizations.
  • Raise funds to sponsor our community outreach and support library programs not funded by the library’s budget.

Since 1970 Friends has donated over $1M to the Knox County Public Library. Our used book shop and book sales raised nearly $78,000 in FY 2022. Some of the library programs currently receiving support from Friends of the Library include the new Storybook Trails program, the Children’s Festival of Reading, Summer Library Club, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County.

By virtue of our charter as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we serve as the fiscal agent for library grants and sponsorships which require control by a non-governmental agency

2022-2023 Leadership


Bailey Foster, President
Cindy Gibson, President-Elect
Natalie Smith, Past President
Brooke Everett, Secretary
Stacey Olfe, Treasurer


Al Horn
Brewton Couch
Elizabeth Birdwell
Melissa Centers
Meredith James
Nissa Dahlin-Brown
Savannah Tyree
Scott Muir
Susan Alexander
Tanna Nicely


Sheryl Hulse, Coordinator

Committee Chairs

Advocacy: Scott Muir
Author Events: Nancy Maland, Bonny Naugher
Board Development: Meryl Keegan
Communications: Natalie Smith
Investments: Michael LeMarbre
Member and Donor Engagement: Meredith James
Nominating: Meryl Keegan
Sales and Distribution: Peter Andreae, Jen Cooper
Volunteer Coordinator: Jean Idell