JCPL Column: Meet Bibli the Bookworm

Yes, it is true! Johnson County Public Library has its very own mascot. It’s not just any mascot, but Bibli the Bookworm — short for Bibliography.

I was always fascinated by mascots and the happy reactions they receive from young and old. No matter if you attend a Colts game or a Pacers game, when the team mascot comes around, everyone starts smiling and trying to get a high five.

JCPL has had a lot of book character costumes visit our four branches over the years, from Elephant from the Elephant and Piggy books to Daniel Tiger from PBS to our very last visitor Curious George. Most patrons — except for a few very little ones — have been excited and wanted to get a picture with the silent, life-sized celebrities.

So, what would be more fun than creating our very own mascot for the Johnson County Public Library? And since we want to promote reading and literacy in Johnson County, we decided a bookworm that loves reading was the perfect mascot.

The library was excited to fund this project for our community. With lots of help from the marketing team at JCPL and the creative team from Sugars Mascot Costumes, the design and look of Bibli were created and brought to life.

While Bibli has made some big appearances already at the Franklin Holiday Lighting Parade, on FOX 59 News to promote the Book Gift Guide, and at our Merry Prairie celebration at our Trafalgar Branch, we are looking forward to many more.

Bibli’s storytime debut will be February 25 at 10 a.m. at our Clark Pleasant Branch for our very first “Meet Bibli the Bookworm Storytime.” Bibli will join the children for our family storytime and be available for pictures afterward. We’ll also enjoy snacks together.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to see Bibli throughout the year. Bibli will make appearances at library events like the Explore Summer program parties and storytimes, as well as at local events like farmers markets, festivals and lots, lots more.

Come see Bibli in person and get your picture taken with the newest JCPL celebrity!

Nicole Caudill, is a library assistant and Clark Pleasant Branch. Johnson County Public Library staff members share in writing this bi-monthly column. Send comments to