Clark donates $50K to Berryville Library

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
From left to right, Berryville Library public relations coordinator Kristy Noble, Wayne Clark, library director Julie Hall and Joe Scott, president of the library’s advisory board pose in front of the library. Clark recently pledged $50,000 toward the construction of a new library.
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Longtime Berryville resident Wayne Clark recently pledged $50,000 toward the Berryville Library Building Project.

In a recent meeting with library leadership, Clark said he and his late wife, Janet, have always been strong supporters of the library, but Clark felt his family could do more to see this project become a reality for Berryville. 

“I’d been seeing all the publicity and energy being given to building this new library,” Clark said. “God has blessed my family over the years, and I felt the Clark family could do more to see this project become a reality that will serve many generations to come. A library is an important asset to the community as it serves everyone.”

Clark and his late wife, Janet, have both come from families with deep roots in our community. Wayne is a fifth-generation native to Carroll County, recounting that his great-great-grandfather Thomas Clark was the first Carroll County sheriff in 1832.

Janet is the daughter of Digby and Edith West and a fifth-generation native.

Wayne Clark served as the chief executive officer at First National Bank of North Arkansas for many years and served as chairman of the board for 22 years. He also served as president of the Arkansas Bankers Association.

Clark was especially fond of his many years of service as a member of the Berryville Rotary Club and has always taken a special interest in making the community a better place to live, work and play.

“On behalf of the entire Library & Friends Board along with the many Friends of the Library, we are ever so grateful for this gift which puts us at 32 percent of our fundraising goal,” said Joe Scott, president of the library’s advisory board.

The library kicked off a $2.5 million building project in April 2021 to construct an expanded library. Since tax dollars are prohibited from being used for construction, the project will require private, corporate and grant funding. The goal is to raise the needed funds by the year 2025 or before.

The new library will be built at 207 Springfield St. on land donated by the City of Berryville.

It will be located across from the Berryville City Pool at the intersection of Branch and Basore streets.  

Anyone who is interested in making a donation or pledge to the Berryville Library Building Project, or is just interested in learning more about giving and naming opportunities may send an email to donate@berryvillelibrary.org or call or stop by the library at 104 Spring St. The library’s phone number is 870-423-2323.     

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