Friends and Foundation

Volunteer

Volunteers Needed!

We're looking for volunteers to help with the Friends of Johnson County Library's Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale! We need help June 6 - June 9, and you can volunteer for just a few hours. Plus you get "Book Bucks" to spend at the Sale, in addition to that warm fuzzy volunteer feeling. See the openings and descriptions of what we need »

We're looking for volunteers to help with the Friends of Johnson County Library's Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale! We need help June 6 - June 9, and you can volunteer for just a few hours. Plus you get "Book Bucks" to spend at the Sale, in addition to that warm fuzzy volunteer feeling. See the openings and descriptions of what we need »

The Friends of Johnson County Library Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale is June 7 - 9, 2018

Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale

Things are heating up! Find hot deals on movies, music, books and more at the Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale. Choose from thousands of books, most items 25¢ to $2. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted.

Book Sale

Thursday, June 7
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday, June 8
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 9
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friends-Only Preview
A current Friends of Johnson County Library membership is required. Memberships can be purchased or renewed on site.

Wednesday, June 6
3 - 9 p.m.

Location: Johnson County Community College Gym
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210-1299

Enter from College Boulevard, take the first right to N. Campus Drive. The Gym is up ahead on the left. There is construction on Campus, so you'll need to park in front of the Student Center, in the Carlsen Center garage or up above the Gym by the tennis courts. 

Co-sponsored by Friends of Johnson County Library. All proceeds go to the Friends and feed back into Library materials and events.

Things are heating up! Find hot deals on movies, music, books and more at the Sizzlin' Summer Book Sale. Choose from thousands of books, most items 25¢ to $2. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted.

Book Sale

Thursday, June 7
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday, June 8
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 9
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Friends-Only Preview
A current Friends of Johnson County Library membership is required. Memberships can be purchased or renewed on site.... Continue »

Libraries Rock Gavin Snider

This Summer, Libraries Rock!

Summer Reading for kids and teens!
May 21 - July 31

Year-round readers have more fun! We're encouraging school-aged families - and everyone else - to read for fun this summer. Our special summer programs and events help Johnson County youth of every age to have meaningful (and sometimes meaningless) experiences.

Youth participating in the Summer Reading program will receive a prize book just for registering with our program. Stop by any Johnson County Library location starting May 21 to pick up your free book (while supplies last) and a summer reading log to track your summer reading, or print a log at home!

This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Library Foundation.

Summer Reading for kids and teens!
May 21 - July 31

Year-round readers have more fun! We're encouraging school-aged families - and everyone else - to read for fun this summer. Our special summer programs and events help Johnson County youth of every age to have meaningful (and sometimes meaningless) experiences.

Youth participating in the Summer Reading program will receive a prize book just for registering with our program. Stop by any Johnson County Library location starting May 21 to pick up your free book (while supplies last) and a summer reading log to track your summer reading, or... Continue »

Julie Steiner, Anne Blessing, and Stephanie Stollsteimer

Friends and Foundation Confab

There’s a lot of new leadership in our organization, and they’re all getting to know each other. Julie Steiner, new president of the Friends board, recently coffee’ed with Anne Blessing, the new president of the Johnson County Library Foundation. They discussed strategic priorities for the Library and how their two groups can best coordinate to support Library programs and initiatives. Steiner also began productive conversations with Stephanie Stollsteimer, new director of the Foundation. They’re shown here at the February 2018 Friends Board meeting.

In the picture: Front: Julie Steiner, Friends President. Back: Anne Blessing, Foundation President, and Stephanie Stollsteimer, Foundation Director

There’s a lot of new leadership in our organization, and they’re all getting to know each other. Julie Steiner, new president of the Friends board, recently coffee’ed with Anne Blessing, the new president of the Johnson County Library Foundation. They discussed strategic priorities for the Library and how their two groups can best coordinate to support Library programs and initiatives. Steiner also began productive conversations with Stephanie Stollsteimer, new director of the Foundation. They’re shown here at the February 2018 Friends Board meeting.

In the picture: Front: Julie Steiner, Friends President. Back: Anne Blessing, Foundation President, and Stephanie Stollsteimer, Foundation Director

Jeanie and Zachary Botkin

A Visit with Jeanie and Zachary Botkin New Board member and Teen Representative

How long have you been Friends members?

We’ve been Friends members since going to our first summer book sale after moving to Kansas City. We had so much fun digging through the piles at the Metcalf Mall finding treasures to take home.

What do you want to learn by serving on the Friends Board?

I [Jeanie] thought it would be a great way for Zachary and me to share our passion for the Library and a valuable opportunity for Zachary to learn about the inner workings of a board. We are both focused on increasing the community’s awareness of the great services and look forward to helping the Library connect with youth.

Why should someone join the Friends of Johnson County Library?

Our elevator speech: Since Benjamin Franklin opened the first library in America, we all know how important libraries have become to our education and way of life. We go there to explore our most-challenging questions with unlimited freedom. But our Library is so much more than that . . . bringing the community together to a place where people can cut CDs, use a 3D printer, practice being a newscaster, design and cut out chess pieces, get help with homework, and learn a new language. And, the best part . . . our Library is open to anyone!

What are you reading right now?

Zachary is reading Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, written by Douglas Hofstadter who won a Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1979. The book explores common themes in the lives and works of logician Kurt Gödel, artist M. C. Escher and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Jeanie is focusing on books that show how companies are using design thinking to innovate their products and services such as Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too) by David Butler and Linda Tischler.

About Jeanie Botkin: After spending 20+ years as an attorney at Polsinelli, Jeanie now heads up the firm’s Professional Development Department. She especially loves working with new attorneys who are transitioning from backpacks to briefcases. She spends every spare second with her family and loves to play Munchkin Legends with her son Zachary.

About Zachary Botkin: Zachary is a freshman at Mill Valley High School. After finishing a rigorous semester of debate, he is now figuring out his signature events in forensics. When not studying, he relaxes with video games, loves to program computers and reads up on the latest scientific discoveries.

How long have you been Friends members?

We’ve been Friends members since going to our first summer book sale after moving to Kansas City. We had so much fun digging through the piles at the Metcalf Mall finding treasures to take home.

What do you want to learn by serving on the Friends Board?

I [Jeanie] thought it would be a great way for Zachary and me to share our passion for the Library and a valuable opportunity for Zachary to learn about the inner workings of a board. We are both focused on increasing the community’s awareness of the great services and look forward to helping the Library connect with youth.

Why should someone join the Friends of Johnson County... Continue »

Barb Nichols is a Johnson County Library Foundation supporter.

Why I Give: A Story by Barbara Nichols

I am a self-proclaimed word nerd and book geek. Nothing makes me happier than being in the middle of a good book and knowing there is another one waiting for me. The credit for this must go to my mother, a voracious reader and library patron. She had a love of reading and a limited budget; the library provided the perfect solution.

Every Tuesday night was library night for my mom, my sister and me. It was such a thrill to go to the Children’s Section by myself and pick out the books I wanted. As time passed, I fell in love with mysteries, classic fiction, plays and cookbooks. And where could I find all of these for free? At the library!

To pass on the love of reading, I started taking our sons to the Corinth Library from a very young age. Miss Uppie and  Miss Leslie were the librarians and always had a smile and if needed, recommendations. We attended many programs such as “Reading with your Pet,” “Origami” and “Pokeman Parties.”  Our boys, now 27 and 24, still use and love the library. Our oldest uses the Johnson County Library online resources frequently and our youngest, who now lives in New York, had to call a week after he moved to tell me that he had been to the New York Public Library to get his card.

To quote Lady Bird Johnson, “Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.”

Libraries represent a great equalizer in our society. All are welcome and encouraged to become patrons. They provide books, magazines, genealogy information, meeting rooms, Maker Spaces, Internet access, author talks and a variety of programs. My book club reserves a meeting room once a year to plan out what we want to read.  We can stroll through the stacks and chose titles and topics of interest to share with the group. 

People say that no one reads “actual” books anymore, yet the Johnson County Library system checks out more than 7,000,000 items a year. Many of those items are eBooks, and I do appreciate the convenience of reading on my iPad, but nothing beats having a real book in your hands. As our world changes, so does the library. It continues to evolve, grow and provide wonderful resources for our community.

Why do I give to the Johnson County Library Foundation? I believe that in any great society we need access to free materials across all economic barriers, and the Library provides that service in our community. It is important to me to be involved and support the important work and programs throughout this system.

- Barbara  Nichols is a Johnson County Library Foundation supporter.

I am a self-proclaimed word nerd and book geek. Nothing makes me happier than being in the middle of a good book and knowing there is another one waiting for me. The credit for this must go to my mother, a voracious reader and library patron. She had a love of reading and a limited budget; the library provided the perfect solution.

Every Tuesday night was library night for my mom, my sister and me. It was such a thrill to go to the Children’s Section by myself and pick out the books I wanted. As time passed, I fell in love with mysteries, classic fiction, plays and cookbooks. And where could I find all of these for free? At the library!

To pass on the love of reading, I started taking our sons to the Corinth Library from a... Continue »

The winners of the 2018 Bookmark Design Contest were presented to the Library Board at the April 12, 2018 meeting.

2018 Bookmark Design Contest Winners Announced2018 Bookmark Design Contest Winners

The Friends of Johnson County Library recently announced the winners of the annual Bookmark Design Contest. The contest commemorated National Library Week 2018 and the winners were presented to the Library Board at the April 12, 2018 meeting.

Sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Library, the annual design competition contest accepts original  illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only. Designs, drawings and images must be made by hand only. 

Jurors for the event included Friends of Johnson County Library board members and JCL Children’s librarians. The winning illustrations are printed as bookmarks and distributed during the year at the 13 – soon to be 14 –  branches of the Johnson County Library and at the 3 Friends bookstores. More than 6000 bookmarks will find homes between pages by the end of the year.

“They’re so wonderful,” exclaims Friends president Julie Steiner, “and I collect a new set every year. They’re a great way to get creative people of all ages interested in our excellent Library system.”

Library patrons may begin collecting their new bookmarks now at their nearest Johnson County Library. The contest is generously supported by the Friends of Johnson County Library.

 

Pictured in photo:
Back: L-R: Julie Steiner, Friends President; Ron Shaffer, Board of County Commissioners, 1st District; Jack Warner, Adult category.
Middle: L-R: Thea Price, Grades 9-12; Ramona Lockridge, Grades 3-4; Molly McCartan, Grades 5-6; Avery Karl, Grades 5-6; Riley McConnell, Grades 7-8
Front: L-R: Katherine Feng, Grades 1-2; Lindsey Phipps, Grades 1-2; Olivia Wang, Grades 3-4.

Unavailable for photo: Isaiah He, Pre-K; Grace Bonifield, Grades 9-12

The Friends of Johnson County Library recently announced the winners of the annual Bookmark Design Contest. The contest commemorated National Library Week 2018 and the winners were presented to the Library Board at the April 12, 2018 meeting.

Sponsored by the Friends of Johnson County Library, the annual design competition contest accepts original  illustrations in seven age categories from Preschool to Adult. Accepted media are colored pencil; marker; crayon; gouache; tempera; oil; acrylic; finger-paint; chalk; watercolor; pen-and-ink; on paper only. Designs, drawings and images must be made by hand only. 

Jurors for the event included Friends of Johnson County Library board members and JCL Children’s librarians. The... Continue »

Last Day of Sale!

Don't miss the last day of the Cabin Fever Book Sale! 

Saturday, March 24 is your last chance to score some amazing deals and build your home Library! The sale will continue at the Central Resource Library from 9:30 am – 3 pm.

Can't make it tomorrow? Don't worry, we have more sales for you to add to your calendar. Also, there are plenty of  treasures to be found with our online sales options!

Don't miss the last day of the Cabin Fever Book Sale! 

Saturday, March 24 is your last chance to score some amazing deals and build your home Library! The sale will continue at the Central Resource Library from 9:30 am – 3 pm.

Can't make it tomorrow? Don't worry, we have more sales for you to add to your calendar. Also, there are plenty of  treasures to be found with our online sales options!

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