Oct. 17-23 is National Friends of Libraries Week

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney signs a proclamation declaring Oct. 17-23 as Friends of Libraries Week during a meeting of the Berryville City Council on Oct. 5. Joining him for the signing were Friends of the Berryville Library members (from left) Eddie Usery, Friends president Mary Knight, Carla Youngblood, Carol Ann Engskov, Kristy Noble, and Kriste-Lee.
Robert Cox / Carroll County News

Berryville Public Library will be spending the week of October 17-23, 2021, celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 16th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week.

Mayor Tim McKinney signed a proclamation at the Berryville City Council’s Oct. 5 meeting to officially declare the week for the Friends.

“Having so much love for the library and what it means to our community, inspired me to get into action,” said Friends board member Calvin Cleaver. “Being a member of the Friends is fun, and we are committed to being representatives of our library as we are out in the community.”

Numerous volunteers assist with fundraising and other activities, but the key driving force would be the officers who give so much of their time to show continuous support for our library. A big thank you goes out to current officers of the Friends organization: president Mary Knight, vice president LeaAnn Jackson, historian Carol Ann Engskov, treasurer Karen Johnson and secretary Mike Ellis.

The Friends have been very active this year in raising funds for the 2020-2025 Berryville Library Building Project capital campaign and are committed to having a new library built. They have been very creative in finding different ways to raise funds. The Buy-It-Now Sale has turned donated items to dollars, their bake sales are always a hit, and you can also purchase Friends T-shirts to show your support.

The Friends have even published their own cookbook that is jam-packed with delicious bake sale goodies that our friends of the library are so famous for preparing. The cookbooks can be purchased for $15 at the Barn Shoppes in Eureka Springs, Stubbs Brothers Grocery in Berryville, and of course, the Berryville Public Library.

Stop by the library for more information on how to become a member or visit https://berryvillelibrary.org/friends-of-the-library/.

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