Celebrating 40 years!


Friends of Stoughton Public Library

Lesley Johnson

President, Book Nook Co-Chair, Membership Co-Chair
What do you love the most about the Stoughton Public Library? I love many things about the Stoughton Library: The staff are very welcoming. It is open to all. Besides books, the library offers so many things, such as programming for children, teens and adults, other formats of books i.e. audio and large print, streaming services, and the Kvamme history section. I feel at home in the library.
Why did you join the Friends of the Stoughton Library Board?? I joined the Friends board in 2019 because I wanted to contribute my time and talents to help raise funds for the library and to promote literacy in the community. I have loved libraries since I was a child. When I was a UW Madison student, I worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society shelving books. It was a natural progression to be a volunteer at the library and then join the Friends board.
What is your favorite book or favorite author and why? My favorite book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. It is fiction but drawn heavily from Kidd's research about the Grimke sisters who were early abolitionists in Charleston, South Carolina. The Grimkes seek freedom from the constraints of being female in the early 19th century. It is also about two African American women, Hetty and her mother Charlotte, who are house slaves on the Grimke plantation. They seek freedom from the bonds of slavery. It's an extraordinary novel about the four women and the times in which they lived.