We have a free lending library we call The Peoples’ Library in our front foyer space. The library was originally developed out of what was left of the local Occupy movement. Since then, the Library has taken on a life of its own. Books, DVDs and other resources are available for check out by everyone.
In addition to the lending library, the Birdhouse has partnered with the University of Tennessee and the College of Social Justice in archiving the history of the 4th & Gill Neighborhood Center from the 1960’s to today.
Material support for this preservation project was provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives Institute in the form of a State and National Archives Partnership (SNAP) grant.
University of Tennessee Library Sciences graduate students have also made the Peoples’ Library part of a class project, focusing on “Collections Development”. This partnership has allowed the Library to focus on specific collection needs and filled gaps in useful materials’ availability in the community.
The Peoples’ Library and Archives is in need of a part-time volunteer, dedicated to organizing the collection for use by the public. A functional and utilitarian organization of the materials on-hand would facilitate ease of use by visitors and researchers.
Interested volunteers should send us a message: birdhouseknoxvillebooking@ gmail.com