Friends of the Library Week

The Jackson County Public Library will spend the week of October 15-21 celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 12th annual celebration of National Friends of the Library Week.

The Friends of the Library (FOL) was formed in 1977 to support the Seymour Public Library. The organizing officers were Wayne Proell, temporary chairman; Carol Wait, secretary; and members of the by-laws committee: Herbert Montgomery, Mr. & Mrs. William Schmitt, Betty Elsner, Judy Michael, Marita Douglas, and Leora Topie. Current officers of the Friends are President January Rutherford, Vice President Teddi Ashcraft, Secretary Billie Richardson, and Treasurer Sandi Hall. Jim Daily, Joyce Fouts, Linda Jacobsen, Karen March, Jami Mathis, and Ann Schwein are board members.

Today, the Jackson County Public Library provides free library services to area residents. While public funding covers the costs of salaries for professional staff, utilities and other operational costs, the library often looks to private sources of funding for a portion of the budget each year. The bulk of that annual private funding comes from FOL, through its book sales and special events such as the Oktoberfest parking lot. In 2017, the Friends have donated over $7,000 to provide special programming such as the Summer Reading Program prizes, programs and kickoff; adult program speakers; Seymour Rotary’s I Like Me books; library staff development; seasonal window painting at the Seymour Library, and more.

FOL is always looking for more volunteers to help support the library. Some current opportunities include:

• Bi-Monthly Book Sale – Setup begins on the morning of Friday, November 2. Volunteers (especially those who can lift boxes of books) are needed to arrange the books on tables by subject. The sale opens with a preview for FOL members 4 to 5:30 pm on Friday, November 2, then 9:30 am to 10 am on Saturday, November 3. The sale is open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm.
• Ongoing Sales – Donations come in daily and have to be processed. The Seymour Library Book Nook shelves are stocked weekly to ensure a good selection. Occasional boxes of books are also sent to the Crothersville and Medora libraries for their sales carts. To volunteer to help with these flexible activities, contact Teddi Ashcraft at or January Rutherford at


Even if you can’t volunteer for one of the events mentioned, you can help by becoming a member of the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Applications are available at the Checkout Desk at the Seymour, Crothersville or Medora libraries, online at or by mailing your tax-deductible membership fee to Friends of the Jackson County Public Library, 303 W. Second St., Seymour, IN 47274.

Membership categories are:
Member, $5
Family, $10
Patron, $25
Benefactor, $50
Or any amount you wish to contribute.