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Johnson County Library volunteers recognized for their efforts

Earlier this month, volunteers for the Johnson County Library were recognized for their hard work and many hours of dedication and service as they gathered at The Tributary for the first ever Johnson County Library Volunteer Luncheon. On any given day, patrons of the library will see these dedicated individuals at the front desk as they check books in and out, shelve items and assist patrons in their search for a variety of materials.
Under the guidance of Linda Icenhour, library director, six volunteers are key to the smooth operation of the library on a daily basis. “We have volunteers almost every day,” she said. Operating with a small budget, Icenhour works 32 hours a week with the assistance of two part-time employees. Several of these assistants have been offering their time and service for many years. “I just couldn't do without my volunteers,” she continued. “I love everyone of them.”
The team of philanthropists are comprised of Karin Bell, Jan Boag, Vada Johnson, Elsa Latimer, Linda Miller and Katie Fleenor. Fleenor, the youngest assistant, is a Johnson County Middle School student and spends two afternoons a week at the library. “As a retired school librarian, I missed the books, so I started shelving again,” explained Boag.
“Without our volunteers, we couldn't do what we do,” said Icenhour, “Just knowing someone is coming in to shelve the books is a relief for me. No job is too small.”
In 2010, there were 41,064 patrons who visited the Johnson County Library. These patrons checked out 50,840 books, movies and audiotapes. In that same year, 11,613 patrons frequented the library to take advantage of computers with high-speed Internet connection. According to Icenhour, fiction remains a favorite with patrons, while books in the non-fiction genre that are checked out the most frequently concentrate on health, cooking, religion, history and crafts.
Trenton Davis, Treasurer of the Johnson County Library Board of Trustees, felt this hard-working group needed recognition for their efforts. The seven-member board can serve two three-year terms and are appointed by the Johnson County commissioners. In addition to Davis, the current board is comprised of Chairman Todd Eastin, Vice Chair Karin Bell, Corresponding Secretary Brenda Lewis, Recording Secretary Warren Stewart, as well Belinda Kiener and Howard Moon. Some of the board members are also volunteers at the library.
“Without the volunteers, the library might not be open but four days a week,” said Davis. “Our library would be in dire straits without their contribution.”
The library currently is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. They are closed on Sundays.