Jackson County
Public Library

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Friends of the Library

Pam Searcy, left, looks at a row of books while Lisa Dyer reaches for one in the Jackson County Library's Book Cellar in Seymour on Saturday. The Friends of the Library holds a monthly book sale to raise money for various events and ways to promote literacy.

Who we are:


The Friends of the Jackson County Public Library is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting our library. We believe that our library is essential in our society. Our focus is on raising funds to help provide for materials and activities on behalf of the adult, teen and children's programs, its patrons, and the community. The Board of Directors meets 6 times yearly to oversee the Book Cellar, Book Nook, review funding requests, and prepare for the annual meeting.


Board members:


President: Teddi Ashcraft

Vice President: January Wetzel

Secretary: Nancy Kent

Treasurer: Sandi Hall


Other Board Members:


Linda Booher

Julie Nay

Joyce Fouts

Billie Richardson

Ann Schwein


Why you should join:


We believe the public library is one of our community’s greatest assets. The Friends seek to maintain and enhance the library services offered to the citizens of Jackson County. We need your support. Annual individual membership start at as little as $5 per year.

Where our funds come from:

Money is raised through membership dues, Oktoberfest parking, book sales and donations which help to fund adult, teen and children’s programs and other library projects.


How to become a Friend:


Application forms are located at any Jackson County Public Library location, at Book Cellar sales, and online.


Annual membership fees:


_____ $ 5 Individual
_____ $ 10 Family
_____ $ 25 Contributing
_____ $ 50 Benefactor


Benefits of being a Friend:

-Have the opportunity to vote at the annual meeting
-Enjoy access to “Friends only” book sales
-Be placed on the Friends e-mail list to receive upcoming Book Sale dates and announcements
-Take pleasure in knowing you help spread the joy of reading and support library programs


Recent funds went to support:

Cell Phone Chargers
Gingerbread house and Christmas craft programs
Posters, bookmarks, and prizes
Staff lunches and recognition
Summer Reading Program


Volunteer Opportunities:


There are many opportunities for members to become actively involved with the Friends. Volunteering offers a rewarding way to support our activities and meet other people with similar interests. Volunteer schedules are flexible.


We can use your help to:

*sort books for the book sales

*staff book sales

*help with stocking the Book Nook

*Oktoberfest Parking

*help with special events


For more information, please leave a message for the Friends at the Library or email Julie Nay at stevejulienay@cinergymetro.net


2014 Book Cellar Sale Dates


Sales are from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. unless noted. Sales open 30 minutes prior to each sale for Friends members only.


January 11
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 2, 3, 4 *
June 7
July 12 (week late due to holiday)
August 2
September 13 (week late due to holiday)
October 11 (week late due to Oktoberfest)
November 7, 8, 9 *
December 6


*Big Book Sale hours are:

Friday 4:00 – 5:30 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Sunday 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.


Browse the Friends’ Book Nook and ongoing sales carts in Crothersville and Medora during Library hours. Pricing is posted with payment on the honor system. New items are added weekly in Seymour and as needed in other locations.


The Friends welcome the donation of used materials. Books, audiobooks, DVD’s and other items may be dropped off at the Jackson County Public Library during regular business hours. Those wishing to donate should inquire at the checkout desk. Library staff can provide a receipt for your donation.


Comments and suggestions are welcome:


Friends of the Library
Jackson County Public Library
303 West Second Street
Seymour, Indiana 47274


To join the Friends of the Library download this form and mail it to the above address or bring it to one of the Book Cellar events.