JCPL Column: Book Ball helps bring authors to Johnson County

I am honored to invite you to join me in participating in the fifth annual Snuggle Up with a Book Ball scheduled for Feb. 24. What could be better than spending an evening snuggled up with a book — maybe one of my books — and supporting the JCPL Foundation? Thanks to the foundation’s support, I met many Johnson County residents at my Authors at JCPL visit at the Historic Artcraft Theatre last summer.

Your Johnson County Public Library branches provide equal access to personal and professional development information and resources. JCPL facilities host thousands of community meetings annually. Library staff connect residents with resources to improve lives, and many programs encourage citizens to increase their skills.

With your help, the JCPL Foundation can make your library even better. With a commitment to promoting life-long learning, the foundation is dedicated to funding unique learning opportunities, transforming experiences from the cradle through retirement.

Libraries have always been my sanctuaries, shaping both my imagination and worldview. As a child growing up with a mother who was a librarian, I found solace and inspiration on the shelves through the books she curated. Those early experiences instilled in me a profound appreciation for books and reading.

Libraries, to me, represent not just repositories of information but gateways to adventure, wisdom and personal growth. They embody the values of accessibility, community, and the preservation of our shared human narrative.

Every library has a unique magic that transcends time, fostering a love of learning that I carry with me to this day.

When you RSVP, donate and snuggle up with a book (, you support your library’s work to improve our community’s quality of life and literacy.

This year, there is a new way to participate: Become a team captain and create your event on Feb. 24. Ask friends, neighbors, co-workers or book club members to join you for a book-reading party at your home or a coffeehouse.

Or, like in past years, you can still stay at home with a good book to read on your own — it’s your choice. It’s as simple as making a gift to the JCPL Foundation to support Authors at JCPL.

Jack Carr is a New York Times bestselling author of the James Reece novels, and chair of this year’s Snuggle Up With a Book Ball. He is helping JCPL staff member with this twice-monthly column for the Daily Journal. Learn more about Carr at Send comments to [email protected].