The Library Foundation
is a 501c(3) organization run by community leaders who work with the library to address emerging needs and trends through private donations

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The Friends of the Library
are library lovers who support the Library through advocacy, volunteerism, fundraising, or simply becoming members

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From the Foundation President

On behalf of the Johnston Public Library Foundation Board I’d like to thank you, our donors and supporters, for making 2014 another successful year. With your support, the Johnston Public Library Foundation continued its support of activities—Holidays in Johnston and the library’s Summer Reading Program, for example—that help put the library at the center of learning and living in Johnston. In addition, we are excited about our part in creating vibrant new library spaces and innovative new services. Your generous gifts have made these projects possible. Thank you. We have more big plans for 2015 and hope we can count on your continued support.

About the Foundation

The mission of the Johnston Public Library Foundation is "to enhance and improve the Johnston Public Library." Board members –our neighbors, business and community leaders– work to generate community support for collection development, programs, and technology initiatives that are beyond the means of the library's operating budget.

The Foundation's Recent Projects

Tech Lab

The Johnston Public Library maintains a collection of books and other artifacts that capture our community’s unique history. Thanks to support from the Foundation, the library now offers technology that helps families capture their own unique history. The Tech Lab provides access to software and equipment for individuals to digitize photos, videos, and sound recordings for archiving and sharing with others. Equipment is available to digitize photographs, slides, film negatives, audio cassettes, vinyl records, VHS and VHS-C tapes, and Digital8, 8mm, and Hi8 tapes.

Youth Computer Lounge

In December—with support from the Library Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, and the Friends of the Library—the library opened the Youth Computer Lounge, a space for teens and tweens to do homework, work with technology, and hang out. This space will provide a home not only for the library's teens but also for programs like our Scratch Club, where kids learn computer programming concepts using drag-and-drop tools; our Take-Apart Tuesdays, where kids take apart electronics to discover how they're put together and how they work; and a variety of computer classes for teens, children, and seniors and other adults.

Furniture for Youth Services

In January, the Foundation and the Friends of the Library funded the purchase of several lounge furniture pieces for our Youth Services area that provide a comfortable place for parents to sit while their children study, read, or play. The space has since been rounded out with a LEGO table, a train table, and new storage for the library’s puppet collection.

Frequently Asked Questions - Foundation

Don't my taxes pay for the Johnston Public Library?

While public funds make libraries possible, donations and community support allow libraries to flourish. Contributions, large and small, go to support technologies, programs, and community needs that are beyond the library's operating budget.

Is the Foundation a city entity?

No. The Johnston Public Library Foundation is an independent 501c(3) organization led and funded by community members like you.

How is the Foundation organized?

The Foundation has a Board made up of of local volunteers. Elected positions on the board include a President, Vice president, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Library Director, the Library Board President, a member of the Friends of the Library and nine to eleven additional members make up the rest of the Foundation Board. Interested in getting involved? Contact us

What is the difference between the Library Board and the Library Foundation?

Library Board members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The Board makes administrative decisions for the library such as adopting policies and setting the budget. The Library Foundation works to raise private funds for library services and decides how those funds will be used.

How will my donation be used?

100% of your donation will be used to support collection development, programs, technology initiatives, and other library services. Contact us if you're interested in your donation being used for a specific project or need.

Friends of the Johnston Public Library

The Friends group was established in 1996 to:

  • Help the library continue to offer a wide variety of materials.
  • Provide input on vital issues.
  • Spread the word about the library and its role as a center for literary, intellectual, and cultural activity.
  • Support the library financially with membership dues.
  • Maintain an association of persons interested in libraries.

Join the Friends of the Library or Renew Your Membership

Select a membership level. Membership is open to all and dues are tax-deductible.

Rather mail your membership dues? Please make your check payable to the Johnston Public Library Foundation and mail it to 6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131. Write "Friends Membership Dues" on the memo line.

Frequently Asked Questions - Friends

If I join the Friends, do I need to volunteer at the library?

No. Your membership is support enough but we'd love to see you at Friends of the Library events like Art in the Barn.

Don't my taxes pay for the Johnston Public Library?

While public funds make libraries possible, donations and community support allow libraries to flourish. The Friends of the Library recently provided new lounge furniture and a Duplo table for the library's Youth Services area.

How is the Friends of the Library organized?

The Friends of the Library consists of officers -a President, Vice president, Secretary, and Treasurer- and dues-paying members.

How often do the Friends meet?

The Friends of the Library group holds an annual meeting in March -all members are encouraged to attend. Meetings of Friends Officers are held quarterly and are open to all members.

How is the Friends of the Library funded?

The Friends of the Library group raises funds through the library's book sale, membership dues, donations, and special events like Art in the Barn.

Art in the Barn

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Art In the Barn
Friday, September 25th, 2015

Wine, boutique beer, light appetizers, and displays from local artists will be featured at this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library

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Johnston Public Library Foundation
6700 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-5233