Farmers State Bank makes a $2,500 donation to library toward new addition. From left to right are Farmers State Bank vice president and compliance officer Cliff Mahala, president and CEO John Muse, assistant vice president Elizabeth McElyea, Johnson County Library board member Ken Erickson, board chair Karin Bell, board member Wayne Parker, director Linda Icenhour, and board treasurer Lloyd Taylor.

By Paula Walter

The Johnson County Library recently received at check in the amount of $2,500 from Farmers State Bank towards an addition to the library. This area will provide additional space for library patrons, allowing room for those seeking internet access, a reading room and a research area.
According to Johnson County librarian, Linda Icenhour, the bids that were received for the proposed addition were extremely high. “We built two wings previously for $300,000 total,” Icenhour stated. “According to the bids, we are $50,000 under where we should be. We won’t think about breaking ground until we have all the money in the bank.” According to Icenhour, the library has approximately $230,000 banked already for the library extension project. Recently, the library received a $100,000 grant from Tennessee State Library and Archives, a $24,000 grant from United States Department of Agriculture and $76,000 from a local major benefactor.
The Johnson County Library has become the hub of the community. It is not just a place to come and check out books, but offers internet availability, space for tutoring, meetings and fundraisers.
November’s calendar is packed full of activities that will be held at the library. There will be a book sale the first weekend of the month on November third and fourth. On November 9th, there will be a sewing class led by members of the Sunrise Quilt Guild. Karin Bell will hold a charcoal art class for youth 12 and up on November 15th. Additionally, there are paint classes offered for a fee that includes all supplies necessary to complete the artwork. In December, Gamma Mu and friends of the library will offer a time to make gingerbread houses with the children of Johnson County.
According to Icenhour, during the month of November through Christmas, for every non-perishable canned food item received, they will forgive one dollar in library fines.
“All money will stay in the county and go to local food banks,” Icenhour said.