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 through our partnership as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

In FY 2020, Friends provided support for:

  • Knox County Public Library’s 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, Zoo Knoxville, and Bricks 4 Kidz.
  • Teen programming, including Teen Summer Reading.
  • 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 work of Walker Percy.
  • Author events presented in partnership with KCPL and others.
  • 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.
  • The Calvin McClung Historical Collection to research and produce a documentary about the impact of 20th-century urban renewal on East Knoxville and its African American community.
  • Film screenings presented at the Tennessee Theatre by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) during the East Tennessee History Fair.
  • Music on the Mezzanine and Poetry Lounge at Sights and Sounds, two series at Lawson McGhee Library.
  • Staff Appreciation Day for all library staff.