Sarah Johnson began as executive director of the ImagineIF Library Foundation March 9. She will spearhead the foundation’s mission to enhance and support the programs, facilities and patron services of ImagineIF Libraries.
Johnson is a small business owner, attorney and long-time advocate and volunteer for nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in public policy studies from Duke University. Along with her husband, Renny, Johnson co-owns Montana Adventure Sports, a bicycle retail and services store they have operated in Bigfork since 2012. Prior to opening their shop, Johnson was a litigation attorney at Diamond Baker Mitchell LLP in Grass Valley, California. She currently resides in Kalispell with her husband and three children.
The ImagineIF Library Foundation raises and accepts funds for projects and services not covered by the county library system’s operating budget. In the past three years it has provided more than $150,000 in support for ImagineIF libraries in Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Kalispell and Marion.
“We are thrilled to have Sarah on board,” said Library Foundation President Carla Fisher. “Her enthusiasm and excitement for the mission of ImagineIF Libraries will help to expand the scope of our fundraising efforts in the coming months and years.”
With Johnson’s leadership, the ImagineIF Library Foundation will work to assist the Flathead County Library Board, staff, and other library support organizations to improve library services throughout the county.
The Library Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Loud at the Library, happens on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 at ImagineIF Kalispell. Loud at the Library features a raffle, auction, live music, beer and wine, and food. For more information on Loud at the Library, visit www.imagineiflibraryfoundation.org or stop by the library business office for tickets.