Friends of the Library honor Harp with Youngblood Award

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Mary Lou Harp was recently awarded The Carla Youngblood Community Spirit Award in recognition of her acts of kindness in the community.
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The Friends of the Berryville Library created The Carla Youngblood Community Spirit Award last year to recognize citizens for acts of kindness that have bettered the community. Youngblood, a longtime library employee who retired in 2019, was well known for her many acts of kindness.

Several Friends of the Library members and Rotarians were on hand to congratulate Mary Lou Harp as she was presented this award by former longtime librarian and Friends of the Library board member Carol Ann Engskov.

Mary Lou and her husband, Richard Harp, own and operate Shelter Insurance in Berryville. Mary Lou generously gives of her time and energy while supporting many community projects financially. She is also active in other community organizations, serving many years on the board of Ozark Aids Resource Services. She has also served 24 years on the Ozark Guidance Center board and is a past president of Berryville Rotary, Friends of the Library and Carroll and Madison Library Board, just to name a few.

“Harp never seeks recognition and doesn’t shortcut a job of any kind,” said Engskov, who nominated her for the award. “She been a longtime genuine friend, and always gives it her all!”

“Mary Lou is to be credited for her part in the revitalization of the Friends of the Library,” Friends of the Library president Mary Knight said. “She was our trusted treasurer and is truly deserving of this award for the many silent acts of kindness she continues to provide to this community.”

In the words of her husband, Richard, Mary Los is just the best thing to happen to him and to so many others in this community.

Along with a certificate, the Friends of the Library will make a $25 donation to the nonprofit of her choice. When asked which non profit she wanted to support, she said she would like to give it back to the Friends of the Library to support their building campaign.

For more information on becoming a Friend of the Berryville Library or to donate to the Berryville Library Building Fund to build a bigger and better library, contact 870-423-2323. The library continues to offer curbside service but is also now open for limited hours for those needing to come into the building. For more information on current library hours, services, and programs, visit The Library also offers active Facebook and Instagram pages.

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