$25,000 for library: Donation honors Ham family

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Longtime Berryville resident and Berryville Library supporter Kristy Noble-Tesch and husband Eric Tesch announced recently they have pledged $25,000 toward the Berryville Library Building Project. Pictured from left to right are library president Joe Scott, Friends of the Library president Mary Knight, Kristy Noble-Tesch, June Ham, Eric Tesch, Fundraising Committee chair Tyler Squires and library director Julie Hall.
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Longtime Berryville resident and Berryville Library supporter Kristy Noble-Tesch and husband Eric Tesch announced recently they have pledged $25,000 toward the Berryville Library Building Project. The couple has requested their donation be made in memory and honor of Noble’s parents, Keith and June Ham.

Noble, a graduate of Berryville High School, moved to Berryville in 1968 and recalled spending time in the original library located on the square. After college and living 15 years in Hot Springs, Noble had the opportunity to move back to Berryville where she raised her two children and worked for Mercy Hospital for 25 years, serving as the hospital president. 

Noble has served for more than 30 years as a Rotarian while being active in many other organizations and projects over the years.

“I am very passionate about the Berryville Library and constantly amazed at the tremendous amount of resources offered seven days a week,” Noble said. “The library serves as a lifeline for many. People who don’t see the value a library contributes to a community generally have never used the library or else they would see, firsthand, its importance and benefit to those served.”

Noble’s husband, Eric Tesch, relocated to Berryville when the couple married.

“Even though I’m new to the community, I’ve already fallen in love with this town. It is rewarding to be supporting this effort. We would encourage others to consider recognizing or memorializing loved ones or longtime residents who have helped make Berryville such a great place to live,” Tesch said.  

The Berryville Library recently surpassed the $1 million fundraising mark with a goal of raising $2.5 million before construction can begin. As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations made to the Berryville Library Building Fund are tax-deductible.

For more information on recognizing or memorializing a loved one by making a donation, pledge, or gift of stock, email  berryvillelibrary2025@gmail.com or contact the library at 104 Spring St. The library’s phone number is 870-423-2323.

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