1952 Society: Writing the Library’s Next Chapter

The Johnson County Library story began in 1952 when several PTA moms focused their passion for education and rallied to establish the Johnson County Library.  The first libraries were in the basements of businesses and homes until funding could be established.  Today we welcome more than 2.4 million visitors and circulate 7 million items annually. 

We are proud of our beginnings and ask you to partner with us to insure future generations have access to quality library services and programs. The 1952 Society recognizes donors who have committed to make a planned gift to the Johnson County Library.  These gifts demonstrate a unique and enduring commitment to the Library’s mission and provide benefits and security for generations yet to come.

Exclusive 1952 Society Events

Recently, the Foundation hosted an appreciation event featuring special guest Arthur Muir who at 75 became the oldest American to reach the summit of Mount Everest, May 2021.  We were inspired by his program “It’s not about the Summit;  it’s about the Effort.” Art is a retired corporate finance lawyer from Northbrook, Ill who began mountaineering at age 68.  Art says, “If you just have a dream, set out with a plan, and work toward it.”

Guests included Library lovers who have demonstrated their support as a longtime volunteer, Friend of the Library or donor to the Foundation.  This event was to show appreciation for those who have made annual gifts, attend events, added the endowment, pledged planned gifts and been an advocate for all we do.

View the presentation here.


If you are considering making a planned gift, these documents will help you express your intentions
1952 Deferred Gift commitment form
Sample bequest language
Johnson County Library Foundation 501c3 letter

For more information about “writing the Library’s next chapter”, please contact Stephanie Stollsteimer, [email protected].


See photos from our most recent special event held April 26, 2022.

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