A Visit with Dorothy Hughes, Friends Board Vice President

How long have you been a member of Friends of Johnson County Library?

Four years now. Not long enough!

What’s your elevator speech to convince someone to join the Friends?

The shortest answer is: there is no reason not to join. The Friends of Johnson County Library is an organization that supports library programming, literacy and all the great things Johnson County Library does for our community. Not only that, but they sell coffee, too, which I love! If that’s not enough, I get to work with other talented people who are passionate about libraries and their role in modern American life.

Do you have a favorite Friends memory?

My favorite Friends memory is volunteering at the summer book sale a few years ago and getting stationed at the counting table with now-fellow Board member Lindsay Lau. That was the first time we met, and we had a blast. It’s been so much fun getting to know her and the rest of the Board over the years.

What are you reading (or listening to) right now?

I’m currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. It’s beautifully done but quite heavy subject matter, so I lightened things up by recently listening to I Can’t Make This Up by comedian Kevin Hart. It gets an R-rating for language, but it is

absolutely hilarious. I highly recommend them both, but for very different reasons, of course.

Dorothy Hughes has served on the Friends of Johnson County Library Board since 2014. She is currently a full-time Ph.D.

student in Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dorothy also works part-time as

a healthcare consultant and is an adjunct faculty member in the Helzberg School of Business at Rockhurst University. In her

spare time, she enjoys reading, binge-watching Food Network shows, and hanging out with friends, family and her Great

Pyrenees, Maggie.

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