Friends and Foundation

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 »

Summer Reading at Johnson County Library Rocks!

This Summer, Libraries Rock!

Summer Reading for kids, teens and families
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 readers of every age to have meaningful (and sometimes meaningless) experiences.

Each Summer Reading participant receives 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 and a summer reading log to track your summer reading.

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

Summer Reading for kids, teens and families
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 readers of every age to have meaningful (and sometimes meaningless) experiences.

Each Summer Reading participant receives 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 and a summer reading log to track your summer reading.

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

Cabin Fever Book Sale

Cabin Fever Book Sale

It’s Book Sale Time!
Did you know more than 7 million books, DVDs and CDs circulate through the Johnson County Library system annually. So what does the Library do to make room on the shelves for the 150,000 new titles which will be purchased this year? Hold a big sale, of course!

For more than 30 years, the Friends of Johnson County Library have been supporting the Library’s collections and programming through sales of gently used items that have been “weeded” from circulation. Our Cabin Fever Book Sale is your chance to purchase the best sellers you’ve been meaning to get your hands on!

Come browse our Cabin Fever sale at the Central Resource Library March 21 to 24. You’ll find great deals on a broad selection of books, music and movies. Most items priced $2 to $5 and cash, check and credit cards are accepted. All proceeds from the sale go to the Friends, which support the Library’s early literacy programs, staff professional development and special events.

Public sale hours are:

Wednesday, March 21, 4 to 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 22, 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 24, 9:30  am to 3 pm

Learn more about the Friends and find out about future Friends sales.

It’s Book Sale Time!
Did you know more than 7 million books, DVDs and CDs circulate through the Johnson County Library system annually. So what does the Library do to make room on the shelves for the 150,000 new titles which will be purchased this year? Hold a big sale, of course!

For more than 30 years, the Friends of Johnson County Library have been supporting the Library’s collections and programming through sales of gently used items that have been “weeded” from circulation. Our Cabin Fever Book Sale is your chance to purchase the best sellers you’ve been meaning... Continue »

Beth Welsh

Why I Give My TimeWhy I Give My Time

A quick interview with JCL Foundation Volunteer Extraordinaire Beth Welsh

Why did you initially become a volunteer with the Johnson County Library Foundation?

I was in a place where I was feeling stuck in rut and was looking for new experiences. Also, I work from home and I wanted to get out of the house and interact with people. My husband Barry is a longtime volunteer for the Library and it seemed like it would be a good fit. I’m a lifetime learner, I always want to be learning new things, I don’t want to stagnate. I began volunteering at Friends book sales in 2007 and became a fill-in cashier for the Friends bookstores in 2011. Volunteering for the Foundation struck me as a fun opportunity to learn new things. I learned WordPress and social media marketing. Fortunately, I didn’t have to learn anything about grant writing!

What are some of your favorite things about being a volunteer?

I love getting to play with books and be around librarians. Library people are awesome – and that includes Foundation people! They’re smart, inquisitive and well informed.

Have you had any discoveries about the Library or the Foundation working as a volunteer?

The Foundation was a new discovery; I didn’t know anything about it before volunteering. I learned about the Foundation’s mission to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and find support for lifelong learning programs offered at the Library. I also discovered the Foundation events. The Pinnacle Awards, Library Lets Loose, Stay Home and Read a Book Ball and elementia. My favorite Foundation event is the Library Lets Loose – it’s pretty amazing. elementia is also a fun event tied to a great mission to encourage teen writers and artists.

Any advice for people who might be on the fence about volunteering?

Try it! There are so many outlets for volunteering at the Library. Visit a branch, or the Friends sorting center or bookstore – see what interests you. Volunteer coordinators can connect you with a volunteer opportunity that works with your schedule and meets your interests. If it sounds like fun, give it a shot.

A quick interview with JCL Foundation Volunteer Extraordinaire Beth Welsh

Why did you initially become a volunteer with the Johnson County Library Foundation?

I was in a place where I was feeling stuck in rut and was looking for new experiences. Also, I work from home and I wanted to get out of the house and interact with people. My husband Barry is a longtime volunteer for the Library and it seemed like it would be a good fit. I’m a lifetime learner, I always want to be learning new things, I don’t want to stagnate. I began volunteering at Friends book sales in 2007 and became a fill-in cashier for the Friends bookstores in 2011. Volunteering for the Foundation struck me as a fun opportunity to... Continue »

A book, a bed, and a dog

You're (not) Invited!

Your Community: Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast and continuing blasts of cold air and snow are making us anxious for the arrival of blue skies and warmer days. Yet, there’s one mid-Winter activity that’s the perfect match for the current weather. One that’s the perfect excuse to stay home and catch up on your favorite book.

No Fancy Attire Required

Sunday, March 4, is the annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for Johnson County Library. Funds raised from the event support a number of Library initiatives, including 6 by 6: Ready to Read, which is an early literacy program that emphasizes the six critical skills children should experience by the age of six.

6 by 6 Early Literacy Skills

  1. Have fun with books (print motivation)
  2. Notice print everywhere (print motivation)
  3. Talk, talk, talk (vocabulary)
  4. Tell stories about everything (narrative skills)
  5. Look for letters everywhere (alphabet knowledge)
  6. Take time to rhyme, sing and play word games (phonological awareness)

Extensive studies have proven the strength of a child’s early literacy skills are a major predictor of the future ability to build vocabulary, understand story structure and build reading comprehension skills.

Please join us in support of this important cause from the comfort of your favorite reading nook. Your donation directly supports critical library services for individuals throughout Johnson County.

Donations from the Stay Home and Read a Book Ball Support

  • 6 by 6: Ready to Read
  • 6 by 6 en Español
  • Civic Engagement programming
  • elementia, the teen literary magazine
  • Homework Help
  • Incarcerated Services
  • Joan Berkey Writers Fund
  • Tutor.com
  • Summer Reading programming
  • Black & Veatch MakerSpace

Share your Book Ball reading choices on social media: #StayHomeandRead, #jocobookball, @jclfoundation, @jocolibrary and donate to support these important programs.

Johnson County Library – Nurturing the Community’s Collective Wisdom

Your Community: Stay Home and Read a Book Ball

Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast and continuing blasts of cold air and snow are making us anxious for the arrival of blue skies and warmer days. Yet, there’s one mid-Winter activity that’s the perfect match for the current weather. One that’s the perfect excuse to stay home and catch up on your favorite book.

No Fancy Attire Required

Sunday, March 4, is the annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball, a virtual fundraiser for Johnson County Library. Funds raised from the event support a number of Library initiatives, including 6 by 6: Ready to Read, which is an early literacy... Continue »

Friends of the Library booksale

The Weird and Wacky World of Online Sales

You know and love the great deals you find at the Friends of the Johnson County Library book sales, but did you know you can shop with them 24/7, online?

The Friends of Johnson County Library launched their successful summer used book sale about 30 years ago, and have since opened used bookstores at three Johnson County Library branches. The Friends started an internet sales presence in 2004 and sold 116 items that year, earning $3,888. Times have certainly changed. The Friends reported internet sales of 7,841 items grossing nearly $132,000 in 2016. Items sold have ranged from the prosaic: an out-of-print insurance book that is still in demand, to the profound: the collected works of Sigmund Freud. A recent top seller was The Lighting Handbook: Reference and Application which sold for $399.95. Books have been shipped to six continents, and orders arrive daily.

The Online Sales Division is managed by Friends Business Manager Matt Delaney and a corps of dedicated volunteers. We presently have 11 volunteers listing items for sale and 5 volunteers shipping items ordered. Materials deemed appropriate for online sale are manually listed on the three online auction sites where the Friends list: ABEBooks, Amazon and eBay. The sites are monitored daily by the Online Sales volunteers, who also fulfill completed auctions.

Shipments have made their way to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Malaysia, Great Britain, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Belarus, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Macau and South Africa!

Funds raised by the Friends support a range of programs and services including the 6 by 6: Ready to Read early literacy program, the Meet the Author series and the annual teen literary magazine, elementia.

Support the Friends by browsing our online shops anytime »

-by Matt Delaney, Business Manager, Friends of Johnson County Library

You know and love the great deals you find at the Friends of the Johnson County Library book sales, but did you know you can shop with them 24/7, online?

The Friends of Johnson County Library launched their successful summer used book sale about 30 years ago, and have since opened used bookstores at three Johnson County Library branches. The Friends started an internet sales presence in 2004 and sold 116 items that year, earning $3,888. Times have certainly changed. The Friends reported internet sales of 7,841 items grossing nearly $132,000 in 2016. Items sold have ranged from... Continue »

Friends of the Library Board

New Friends Board on Board

The newly-seated board of directors of the Friends of Johnson County Library lost no time in getting oriented and getting down to work. 

Members spent the morning of January 6 together catching up on Friends history and reviewing accomplishments from the past few years. The first full board meeting of the year, on the following Tuesday, January 9, heard lively discussions about committee assignments and strategic direction for the Friends in 2018 and beyond. 

The Board also toured the MakerSpace at Central Library. The Friends Bookstore at Central now sells a few supplies useful in the MakerSpace. Business is, so far, good!

The Board has plans to travel its monthly meetings around the system to get to know Libraries and programs better. They'll visit the Friends Sorting Center in February and the Antioch bookstore in April. The executive committee, under the able direction of President Julie Steiner, plans to work with the Library and Foundation to flesh out strategic planning during the course of this year.

If you're interested in joining the Friends, we'd love to have you! Become a Friend today »

The newly-seated board of directors of the Friends of Johnson County Library lost no time in getting oriented and getting down to work. 

Members spent the morning of January 6 together catching up on Friends history and reviewing accomplishments from the past few years. The first full board meeting of the year, on the following Tuesday, January 9, heard lively discussions about committee assignments and strategic direction for the Friends in 2018 and beyond. 

The Board also toured the MakerSpace at Central Library. The Friends Bookstore at Central now sells a few supplies useful in the MakerSpace. Business is, so far, good!

The Board has plans to travel its... Continue »

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