Friends of the Knox County Public Library Seeks Growth in Membership, Support of Library

Why have people joined the Friends of the Knox County Public Library?

Many of them say that Julie Webb, the honorary chair of this year’s membership campaign, was the reason. She has invited so many people to become Friends of the Library here and across the state that in 2016 the statewide network Friends of Tennessee Libraries recognized her as Friend of the Year. Many of those good people Julie invited to join Friends went on to become president of the local Friends group, and recently they met with her to talk about what being a Friend of the library has meant to them.

They enjoy being a part of a network of like-minded individuals who love to read and learn. And they take civic pride in their nonpartisan support of the library, a welcoming center serving an informed, literate community.

For nearly 50 years, Friends of the Knox County Library have volunteered for the library, raised money for the library, and advocated for the funding of that library. And they want to see their ranks of library volunteers, supporters, and advocates grow.

Growing the numbers of citizens who love libraries, books, and reading in the Knox County area is what the Friends’ 2019 membership campaign is all about. Growing the Friends’ membership also means a future in which the Friends’ support of community services like these can grow:

  • The Children’s Festival of Reading
  • Summer Library Club
  • Imagination Library in Knox County
  • Distribution of books to underserved populations through Books in the Community
  • Books on Buses
  • Sales that put books in readers’ hands

To learn more about Friends or to join online, visit the organization’s website at