L&N STEM Academy students use Lawson McGhee Library for both classes and research.

The services and materials of the Knox County Public Library are an integral part of Knox County’s education system and are an essential part of the economic growth of our community.

The Knox County Mayor and the members of the Knox County Commission, the funding body for the Knox County Public Library System, need to know how important the library is to you. Your voice, as an advocate speaking up for our libraries, is the strength of our organization. Thank you for your support!

Advocacy Committee co-chairs Sharon Smith and Marye Rose (shown at left) said hello to their neighbors and spread the word about Friends at the City of Knoxville Neighborhood Conference in 2019. The conference provided an opportunity to meet members of the community, talk about Friends, and advocate for the Knox County Public Library.

Ways You Can Advocate

Know your library, and know your Friends. Download a copy of Everyday Advocacy.

Communicate directly with elected officials throughout the year to reinforce the message of Friends.

Write a letter to the editor. Write to the Knoxville News Sentinel supporting the Knox County Public Library. Here are two examples:

Attend County Commission meetings to ensure that the Knox County Mayor and Commissioners are aware of the importance of providing adequate financial support for the Knox County Public Library.

Be a Friends Ambassador. Talk to your friends about the Knox County Public Library and its importance in our community. Like, share, and comment on posts on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn pages. Share Friends ♥ KCPL, our monthly e-newsletter, with colleagues and friends.

Friends also works through organizations such as Friends of Tennessee Libraries and United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, to raise awareness of the importance of public libraries and to promote reading and literacy for all ages.