The JCPL Foundation
The Johnson County Public Library Foundation, Inc. seeks to assist the Johnson County Public Library in providing outstanding information, education and culture for all members of the community by granting supplemental funding to assist the library in promoting literacy in Johnson County.
Created in 2016, the Johnson County Public Library Foundation joined the Friends of JCPL (founded in 1979) to provide resources that promote and encourage lifelong learning as well as support the Library's mission of strengthening our community by connecting people, resources and experiences.
How We Help
Expanding Explore Summer
The Foundation is committed to expanding JCPL's Explore Summer Learning Program that encourages community members to read, create and discover. The program supports the development of early literacy skills, prevents learning loss in school-age children and brings readers of all ages together with fun activities and great prizes.
“JCPL’s Summer Learning Program helps kids stay engaged with the learning process all summer long. Our staff and patrons love the innovative programs, fun activities and great prizes.”
– Sarah Taylor, JCPL Assistant Director
Special Projects Campaign for the new Clark Pleasant Branch
"Enhancing the Story" is seeking to fund enhancements inside and outside the new branch which will open in the first quarter of 2022. The campaign vision includes features such as public art, a nature trail and a community garden.
Friends of JCPL
The Friends of JCPL are part of the Foundation. Their book sales raise funds to support programs at all JCPL Branches.
Snuggle Up with a Book Ball
In 2020, the Foundation hosted the first Snuggle Up with a Book Ball, a unique at-home fundraising event. Supporters donate to the Foundation and then stay home to enjoy snuggling up with a book the day of the event. The money raised from this annual event supports the Authors at JCPL visits.
Join the Silver Tree Society
The Silver Tree Society honors donors who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Johnson County Public Library Foundation in the form of planned giving or a deferred gift.
Contact the Silver Tree Society here to learn more.
The Foundation Board
“The Library does a wonderful job connecting our community to resources. The JCPL Foundation exists to help the Library enhance literacy efforts, educational programs and cultural experiences. I am glad to be part of the Foundation’s work to expand lifelong learning opportunities in our community.”
-Nathaniel Uhl, Foundation Board Member
The Foundation's volunteer board works with members of the Johnson County community to raise donations to fund supported programs.
Paige Banos, President – Retired Educator, Franklin Community Schools
Jan Fredbeck, Vice President – Retired Educator, Clark Pleasant Schools
Jackie McNeelan, Co-Treasurer – Retired from BMO Harris Bank
Nathaniel Uhl, Co-Treasurer – Partner, Ice Miller
Gretchen Beaman, Secretary – Crop Protection Quality Systems Leader, Corteva AgriSciences
James Admire – Partner, Schafstall + Admire
Merilee Allen – Friends of JCPL Board Member; Friends Books Sale Coordinator
Diane Black – Retired Educator, Franklin College
Caleb Drake – Engineer, JCREMC
Lisa Lintner – Director, JCPL
Kate Taylor – Communications Director, Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation
Jody Veldkamp – Marketing & Communications Manager, JCPL
Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The JCPL Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Federal Tax ID: 35-1462375
Learn more about the Foundation by downloading our Case for Support.
49 E. Monroe St.
Franklin, IN 46131