When Jesse Stuart wrote about the spirit of the one-room schoolhouse, he was referring to the spirit of help, cooperation, and mutual concern. He was reminding us of the advantages of working together for common goals and objectives. Today, more than ever, we need our friends to be active and involved. We want you to apply the spirit of the one-room school house to today’s JSF objectives. There are so may ways you can help the JSF grow:

Buy Books

  • Encourage your school library or your public library to order JSF books
  • Encourage a local bookstore or gift shop to carry JSF books
  • Drop by the JSF Bookstore & Appalachian Gift Shop to browse in a reading room atmosphere

Foster Readership

  • Encourage a teacher to use JSF books in the classroom — our books are also read in literacy centers and by home-schoolers
  • Ask your civic or professional group to purchase JSF books every year and give these much needed books to a school or library
  • Give a JSF book as a birthday, graduation, or wedding gift
  • Give a JSF book to a young reader — children and teens can learn so much from Jesse Stuart’s junior books
  • Write a review of a JSF book

Become an Associated Member

  • Become an Associate Member
  • Recruit a new Association Member

Join the Regional Readers Book Group

  • Join other book lovers to discuss the works of Appalachia


  • Make a presentation on Jesse Stuart’s life or works for a school, library, civic or professional group — joint the JSF’s Speakers’ Bureau
  • Lend a hand with special projects or daily operations in our bookstore; to learn more about volunteer opportunitues, contact Dr. James M. Gifford, CEO & Senior Editor, at 606.326.1667 or by email at gifford@jsfbooks.com

Make a Gift

  • Support our operations with a gift of cash or other property
  • Support a book re-print or the publication of a new book
  • Support an Eastern Kentucky college student in our Summer Work Study Program
  • Make a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one or someone whose life or work made an impression on you
  • Gifts made to the Jesse Stuart Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law

Want to help the JSF?

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