Foundation Stories

How do you Describe Library Lets Loose?

written by Steph Neu, Event Coordinator of the Johnson County Library Foundation

Fantabulistic is the word Foundation board member and Library Lets Loose DJ Stann Tate uses to describe our annual signature event. Now in its 9th year, Library Lets Loose is our one-night-only opportunity to “let loose” for an evening at the Johnson County Library. This includes enjoying local food and cocktails, interactive experiences, raffle drawings, and music and dancing.

Tray of colorful macarons at Library Lets Loose

This year takes on a new theme to weave through the night: Library Lets Loose – Top Secret: A Night of Espionage. What do spies need? Information of course. No better place to access information than a party at the Library. Just know you may need to take on a new identity, ask a lot of questions, and learn the secrets to access important information. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will result in fun and rewards.

When asked what he’s looking forward to this year, Stann replied “I’m looking forward to seeing newbies who never thought a library party could be so hip, cool, and fun! I’m also looking forward to seeing what people wear for the spy-themed event.”

Tate added, “This event is important because it opens eyes to many of resources that our amazing libraries offer to the community. Our libraries are more than books, they are a foundational part of our community where people can meet, build, create, and dream through our diverse resources.”

Other event committee members expressed similar excitement. Words used to describe Library Lets Loose included: essential, community, celebration, and generosity. As this event is the largest fundraiser for the Library Foundation each year, every dollar donated makes a difference.

This event is the perfect opportunity for date night, book clubs, girls’ night out, or a solo guest to see the library in a new light. Library Lets Loose is a chance for people who love the library to come together and show their support for this valuable Johnson County agency.

Smiling attendees at Library Lets Loose

Funds raised enhance the Library’s programs, services, and lifelong learning resources. Honorary Hosts Anne and Bill Blessing shared their excitement for this year’s event using the word FUNraiser. The Blessings added their enthusiasm for supporting digital resources this year, like Libby and Brainfuse.

Ebooks and EAudiobooks are accessed on Libby like never before. In 2019, Johnson County Library cardholders downloaded over 956,000 digital materials. Last year, it was over 1,804,000. This year we are on pace to hit over 2,000,000.

Don’t miss it! Join us on Saturday, September 21, 6:30-10 pm at the Central Resource Library. What will your word be to describe this year’s event?

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