Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Louisville

The Junior League of Louisville READ committee partnered with the Chestnut YMCA at their back-to-school event on August 4th and MetroPCS on August 10 to get children signed up for Dolly Partons Imagination Library.  At the events, the Junior League of Louisville also passed out free books to children and adults!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Louisville was founded in 2016 through a partnership between the Junior League of Louisville, WAVE 3 News and the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation. Its mission is to put more books in the hands of Jefferson County children in an effort to foster a child’s love of reading and prepare them for kindergarten. We believe that by improving early education in our community, we can contribute to the lifelong success of Jefferson County children.

In its first year, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Louisville served 500 children under the age of 5 who live in the 40202, 40203 and 40208 zip codes. For 2018, the Imagination Library of Louisville has expanded to five new zip codes and will now serve up to 2,500 children. The added zip codes are 40209, 40210, 40211, 40212 and 40215. Anyone living in the 8 zip codes Imagination Library serves, regardless of family income, is welcome to sign up their pre-school children to receive free books. Community partners will continue to work to expand the program to include every zip code in Jefferson County.

The Junior League of Louisville is incredibly grateful to the partners and support we have been given to get this Project off the ground!





Founders’ Award Recipient Spotlight

Each year the Junior League of Louisville honors its most outstanding sustainers, supporters and community partners with the JLL Excellence Awards. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Founders’ Award Recipient Michelle Black White.

The Founders’ Award is presented to a Sustainer that has demonstrated continued Civic and Charitable Leadership on behalf of the League and the Community.  The Founders’ Award was started in 1982 to honor a Junior League of Louisville Sustainer for her ongoing impact in the Louisville Community. It is the most prestigious award given by the Junior League of Louisville to honor a woman who has used her League training to continue to contribute to the betterment of our community. This award is intended for a member who is community minded, lives the mission of the JLL through her actions and services and inspires others to reach their dreams with courage, strength and love to others.

Michelle has taken her JLL Leadership experience and served on several community Boards such as the KMAC Board and Operation Brightside. She also volunteers for her son’s schools as well, as a mother to 3 boys. What I think it great about Michelle is that although she has been a Sustainer for many years, she has remained involved by spearheading the JLL Book Club for over a decade, she created the monthly Sustainer Lunch Bunch to create more connection for sustainers and she returned to serve on this year’s Board of Director’s as the Sustainer Director.  Michelle re-vamped the Sustainer Advisory Board to get more sustainers involved and made the meetings more effective and impactful. I had the opportunity to witness this first-hand as she led the CAB/SAB members through several exercises to generate many ideas and feedback that have already proved to be useful.

Most sustainers launch from actively serving JLL to go out in the community to make a difference. What makes Michelle unique is that she did this while actually staying involved. I believe Michelle’s consistent connection to the organization made it a win-win… she used her JLL experience to go make an impact in the the community, and then brought her wisdom, loyalty and elevated skills from those experiences back to make our organization an even better place. I would like to see Michelle recognized for continually exemplifying JLL Leadership both within the organization and in our community.  One last note, Michelle has also used her JLL experience to make women feel good and beautiful by creating a successful business through W by Worth. She serves many women in our organization by helping them look and feel their best….I know because she has done that for me!

                                                                        -­ Jennifer Blair, JLL Past President

Tulips and Juleps Art and Gift Market Testimonial Tuesday

Tulips and Juleps is an event I look forward to every year, but normally I just attend for the unique shopping experience. This year I decided to make a weekend of it! I booked a babysitter and got to have a fun night out at Juleps After Dark with fellow Junior League members Allison and Jade (with our significant others in tow). We cashed in our drink tickets at the bar, and Allison and I jumped in the long line of fashionable women waiting for Kendra Scott baubles in the jewelry pull while Jade snapped photos for @juniorleagueoflouisville and the guys ran off to try their luck at the bourbon pull. It’s not like you can really lose when you know there’s Kendra Scott in the box, but I did happen to score a gorgeous necklace that’s worth a lot more than what I paid! We reconvened, bourbon and jewelry in hand, snapped a photo with Dolly Parton, and wandered through the silent auction items that we ended up (obsessively) bidding on all night. Allison and I might’ve been caught up in watching our auctions on the HandBid app, but it paid off when we both won! I can’t wait to attend the Focus Louisville class that I fought for- sorry bidder #100!

In truth I was probably a little bit overzealous. I worked at the JLL merchandise table all day, and after seeing everyone walk by with their shopping bags I was dying to find some treasures for myself! I ended up with an adorable board book from Usbourne Books & More for my son, candles from Graceful Bloom, a mini bundt from Nothing Bundt Cake, and a charming Derby-themed wooden sign from 52Home. My favorite purchase was definitely the spicy seasoning from Dan-O’s, though! It was a hit with our entire group, and it just might be what inspired us to head to dinner downtown to wrap up a great evening.

I came back the next morning with my son for Story Time at Usbourne with Shannon Cogan from Wave 3 News- he had a great time, but I don’t think he realized he was in the presence of a local celebrity! After hearing some fun stories, buying more candles from Ball & Twine, and a ‘Talk Derby to Me’ throw pillow from Rekindled Creations, it seemed like a good time to save what was left of my bank account.

I’ve been in the League for a few years now, and I think this was one of our best markets yet! I was truly impressed with the quality of our vendors and the value of their products, and events like Juleps After Dark and Story Time make it easy to enjoy the experience no matter who your squad is. Next year I hope to attend more of the scheduled events, and maybe I’ll have the discipline to save up in advance so I don’t have to cut myself off quite so early! Thankfully (perhaps mercifully?), our vendor list is shared on the JLL website, so I’ll be doing a little shopping in between, too. Overall, Tulips and Juleps provided a fantastic weekend for having a fun time with friends and family, supporting a worthy cause, and shopping great products from unique vendors you might not know about otherwise. Hope to see you there next year!

Kristin Armstrong, JLL Member, VP Membership

Tulips and Juleps Art and Gift Market Testimonial Tuesday

Another year, another Tulips & Juleps in the books and yet again I went crazy and spent every bit of my planned budget…and then some.

Generally, I am not much of a shopper. Like, at all. I kinda hate it, to be truthful. But every year, I prep for T&J. I set aside money. I look at the vendors’ websites. I plan my day around my own volunteer hours. I set out my lucky shoes (which are coincidentally super comfy). I may or may not listen to Eye of the Tiger before entering the venue.

This year my volunteer responsibilities required me to be in and out a lot…which was perfect for shopping. First I took a long stroll around, wending through each and every aisle.

Then I began. I bought a lavender candle that is supposed to help me sleep (at the very least. it smells delicious) from Graceful Bloom. I bought a cute baseball tee from Doodles by Rebekah that says Kentucky women are made of bourbon and ice.  I bought spices from Dan-O’s Original Seasoning that are low in sodium, yet still tasty. I hit the kitchen jackpot at Love & Fig with pair of oven mitts with a matching apron and some sassy dish towels (I got the last “I got 99 problems but a dish ain’t one” towel!). I am, at this very minute, wearing a delicate gold necklace that I found at RAHK Studio. She also sold me a jewelry polishing cloth that saved another necklace of mine that I thought tarnished beyond saving.

I may or may not have bought more (I definitely bought more). Truthfully, Tulips & Juleps is one of the few shopping experiences that I really enjoy, so it’s something I look forward to each year. I hope you can join us in 2019!!

Jenna Scott, Junior League of Louisville Member



12th Annual Junior League of Louisville Art and Gift Market: Tulips and Juleps


This coming weekend, February 23 – February 24, marks the Junior League of Louisville’s (JLL) 12th Annual Art Market – Tulips and Juleps!  The event will be held inside at Louisville Slugger Field right downtown with easy access and lots of parking and with everything indoors it will be a great way to spend a forecasted rainy Friday and Saturday!

The event will feature over 55 local and regional vendors to help get you and your home ready for Spring…think Derby (only 75 more days) as well as some amazing local foods and some great find for the kids too!  There is something for everyone!  For a complete list of Vendors click here.


This event helps to fund the JLL’s Mission: an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  This happens a number of ways:

  • Support of JLL’s Community programs, such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Little Libraries, Maryhurst and Boys and Girls Haven.
  • Leadership and Community Training for members through hands on committee work and training events held by the Junior League of Louisville and the Associate of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Tickets and Special Event Schedule

General Admission – $5.00
Valid for one time admission Friday 11-9pm OR Saturday 9am-5pm.  Excludes all special events.

Juleps After Dark VIP – $25.00
Ticket includes admission to the Market, 2 Drink Tickets, and Door Prize Entry.  Swag Bag for the first 250 tickets sold.

Juleps After Dark VIP (YPAL, YWC, Bachelor Club) – $20.00
Discount Ticket for YPAL, Younger Women’s Club and Bachelor Club of Louisville!! VIP Juleps After Dark Ticket includes admission to the Market, 2 Drink Tickets, and Door Prize Entry. Swag Bag for the first 250 tickets sold.

B.You Class at Tulips and Juleps – $15.00
Saturday 2/24 at 10:30 am.  Enjoy a 45 minute fitness class from local studio B. You! General admission minimum donation and a mimosa ticket are included in this ticket price.

Nanz & Kraft Class – $40.00
Saturday 2/24 at 1:30 pm.  Tulips & Juleps presents a great opportunity to take a hands-on class from Nanz & Kraft! Attendees will create a beautiful arrangement valued between $75-100, receive general admission into the market, and a print from the local late artist, Mickey Hackett. The class is expected to last between 60-90 minutes.

Click here to get tickets.

Hope to see everyone there to help support the JLL!

Sample of 2018 Vendors

Testimonial Tuesday: Noogie Fest and Gilda’s Club

Written by: Michelle Christopher, Junior League of Louisville Member

I’ll always remember Noogiefest 2013. I had just moved to Louisville, and I was looking for ways to be involved in the community. Volunteering for Noogiefest as a Provisional was a special experience as my committee became some of my most supportive friends. I also met several young Gilda’s Club members and their parents who expressed how grateful they were for the emotional support that Gilda’s Club offered to them during their cancer journey, and it was humbling to hear how much they loved the Halloween party that JLL planned for them. From that day, I was hooked.

Noogiefest was the first of many volunteer shifts that I served at the clubhouse. I am thankful that Junior League led a path for me to join the Gilda’s Club Associate Board for three years, which has allowed me to grow and serve in leadership roles. But I also thank Junior League for introducing me to many strong individuals that continue to welcome, inspire, and encourage one another and the community.

Volunteering with the JLL at Gilda’s
Volunteering with Gilda’s Club at the KDF Mini Marathon
Wigs on Tap, Gilda’s Associate Board


Testimonial Tuesday: Little Libraries

My first Junior League Free Little Library experience!

Written by: Clair Colvin, Junior League of Louisville Member

As you know JLL sponsors 5 Free Little Library’s in the 40203 neighborhood and I had the pleasure of being a route runner in August! I signed up and headed off to the Junior League office with my two kids, (Taylor 4 and Sam Wiley 2) to pick up my 5 boxes of books! I snagged my books and labels, chatted with Kirstin (the JLL Admin), gave my children a few m&ms left over from another event for their “good behavior” and we were on our way back home in about 20 mins.

I knew I wanted to make my shift run to deliver the books on the weekend with my family. I saw this shift as a wonderful teaching moment for my children. Children are influenced by what we model and encourage and now that I am a parent it is my responsibility to teach and model this behavior for my children. Sunday morning we loaded up the freshly labeled books, plotted our route, and headed out!

Every stop we made was a race to see who could get out of the car the fastest and to be the one to put the first book in the library! The pure excitement helping to put books in the library was so heart warming. At the Zion Baptist Church Free Little Library we were greeted and invited to stay for church, and at the Central High location a man who was enjoying his morning coffee while waiting at the bus stop offered to help. Overall, it was a wonderful family outing and I will definitely sign up to be a route runner again!

I am not a perfect parent, and I am ok with that, but I do know I want to lead by example on the important things in life. Thank you Junior League Free Little Library’s for giving me the opportunity to teach my little ones to spread kindness.

Clair Colvin
Junior League of Louisville Member