FNBNA donates $50K to library project

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Friends of the Berryville Library president Mary Knight (front left), Berryville Library Advisory Board President Joe Scott and Tasha Flanagin (front right), senior vice president of First National Bank of North Arkansas, hold the $50,000 check presented to Berryville Library Building Project by FNBNA during a special ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the bank in Berryville. Also present for the ceremony were (from left) Karen Johnson, Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney, Carol Engsov, FNBNA president Doug Carr, Kristie-Lee, library director Julie Hall, Paul Engsov and Dana Harvey.
Robert Cox / Carroll County News

The Berryville Library Building Project took another big step toward reaching its goal of a new state-of-the-art library last week, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the First National Bank of North Arkansas.

The fundraising project — spearheaded by the Friends of the Berryville Library — aims to raise $2.5 million to fund the construction of a new facility. Since the campaign began in April, the project has collected approximately 35 percent of their projected total, including the most recent donation from First National Bank.

“On behalf of our board of directors, shareholders and employee-owners, we are honored to commit to the library building fund project,” said FNBNA president Doug Carr. “Our bank has supported many causes and organizations over the past 132 years and we are pleased to be a part of something that will serve many generations to come.”

Carr, along with senior vice president Tasha Flanagin, presented the donation to library committee members during a ceremony Wednesday at the bank.

“Our hearts are so grateful for FNBNA’s commitment to this project and to the value they are placing in the future of this community,” said Mary Knight, president of Friends of the Berryville Library. “Their investment in our library will serve people of all ages long after those of us standing here are gone. It is awesome to be part of something that will make such a difference in our community.”

The proposed $2.5 million library building — which will be located at 207 Springfield St. on land donated by the city — was designed by architect Robert “Butch” Berry of Eureka Springs with interior designs planned by Lisa Claybrook of Fayetteville. The projected date to begin construction is 2025.

The more than 160-member Friends of the Berryville Library recently obtained their 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation, and all donations to the group’s building fund are tax-deductible. The Berryville Library is one of six libraries that make up the Carroll and Madison Library System.

“So many people and small businesses in our community rely on the resources of our library,” said Berryville Library director Julie Hall. “We are helping bridge multicultural and multigenerational gaps by providing assistance with technology, educational programs, and free resources.”

For more information on donating to the Berryville Library Building Project or becoming a Friend of the Library, visit berryvillelibrary.org/Friends or call 870-423-2323.

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