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.
Like museums, art centers, and other institutions, the Library is making efforts to respond to demand for hands-on learning experiences, particularly those that spark curiosity and inspire creative thought. This spring, with help from the Johnston Public Library Foundation, the Library added new furniture and several interactive stations to the Youth Services Area, including magnet and felt boards where children can arrange numbers, letters, shapes, and other objects to tell stories, to spell, or to count; a light table with Magna-Tiles; a stop motion animation station; a microscope; and a play center currently set up as a pizzeria.
The Johnston Public Library's summer programs for children and teens would not be possible without Foundation support. In 2017, the library reached more than 2,700 young people with summer programs including Bubble Wonders, Jester Puppets, and Kitchen Science.
The Foundation also encourages reading skill retention during summer break by providing prizes for kids who complete the Library's Summer Reading program. Participation in 2017's Build a Better World-themed Summer Reading Program was 25% greater than the previous year.
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.