The JCPL Foundation

Our Mission

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.

Our Purpose

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.

Board members:

  • 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.

JCPL Foundation

49 E. Monroe St.

Franklin, IN 46131

Phone: 317-738-9835

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