Your Community: Annual Appeal

Every dollar donated to the Library benefits all Johnson Countians through lifelong learning resources.

This year has been filled with challenges, but Johnson County Library continues to rise to meet them. Online resources have expanded to meet patrons’ interests, and the buildings are open with safe access to books, materials and computers.

The Johnson County Library Foundation helps the Library build its collection and resources, offer programs for patrons of all ages and better serve the needs of our community. This is done by securing and managing donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support the Library above and beyond what public funding provides. Your financial support is more important than ever to meet the needs of our community. Every dollar donated to the Library benefits all Johnson Countians through lifelong learning resources.

Here are a few of the programs and resources your charitable contribution supports:

Black & Veatch MakerSpace
The Black & Veatch MakerSpace is an environment of creativity and emerging technologies. Located in the Central Resource Library, visitors can have access to 3D printing, audiovisual production space/equipment, sewing materials, laser, CNC and vinyl cutting, and a selection of computers with industry-standard software. These resources are especially popular among engineers, artists, and BFA students, but the MakerSpace is the place for anyone who is ready to learn and make. The space also receives generous funding from Google Fiber, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Black & Veatch.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Collection
 Development
Johnson County Library strives to provide a collection that mirrors the changing needs of our community, including traditional books as well as a growing collection of e-resources. We believe this collection should be rich in ideas, information, and viewpoints from all lifestyles and each side of a topic without restrictions on access.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

elementia
elementia is a magazine for teens produced by teens. The publication connects published artists with talented young adults through submissions of original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic stories, photography and illustrations. Since its inception in 2005, elementia has included the voices of more than 850 creative young adults.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program. 

Genealogy
For many years, the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Genealogical Society have had a close, supportive relationship. The Library maintains a mid-size genealogy collection, including online resources and items owned by the Library as well as items owned by JCGS, all housed side-by-side on library shelving in the west-central area of the Central Resource Library. Donations from the Foundation and individuals add valuable resources to the department.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Incarcerated Services Support
Johnson County Library provides a number of literature-related workshops and services for juveniles and adults serving an incarcerated sentence. The Incarcerated Services Support programs serve the New Century Complex, the Juvenile Detention Center and the Olathe, Kansas, courtrooms that handle many fostering cases.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Summer Reading
From mid-May until the end of July, Johnson County Library helps combat summer slide by providing free books to children in our community. By growing children’s personal libraries and helping them find intrinsic value in reading, the library bridges that summer learning gap and invests in the future of our community.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program. 

6 by 6: Ready to Read
Recognizing its unique role in brain development the Johnson County Library Foundation created 6 by 6 Ready to Read, an early literacy program in English and Spanish designed to be applicable and approachable for everyone. 6 by 6 focuses on six pre-reading skills to help kids get ready for formal education. This includes storytime, activity spaces and outreach, all designed to make learning to read easier when the time comes.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

Race Project KC

This initiative consists of a series of opportunities for teens to learn our area’s history of racial segregation and how it continues to impact us today. Students hear from experts on the topics, learn vocabulary for talking about race, build relationships with peers they might not otherwise meet, and share their own stories as they relate to the issues.
Watch a short video about the Foundation’s support of this program.

The Johnson County Library Foundation’s mission is to build an endowment for the Library’s collection and secure support for lifelong learning programs offered at Johnson County Library. Please consider making a year-end donation, even $10 makes a huge difference. Visit the Johnson County Library Foundation website to learn more.

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