Summers donates to library

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Former state Rep. Tim Summers and his family are donating $5,000 to the Berryville Library Building Project in memory of his mother, Blanche Swofford Summers.
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Former state Rep. Tim Summers recently announced a $5,000 donation to the Berryville Library Building Project in memory of his mother, Blanche Swofford Summers.

Blanche was no stranger to the community.  As a Berryville native, she received her early education at a one-room schoolhouse in the New Salem Community, located next to the Missouri border.  After completing her education at Blue Eye, while boarding with relatives, she later taught eight grades at Antioch, which was another one-room school.

“My mother always knew the value of reading and my siblings Vernon, Loren and I could all read before we started the first grade,” Tim Summers said. “My mother always encouraged us to read, and the Berryville Library was a huge part of our lives. Reading and learning is the heartstring of a library and that is why I wanted to donate in her memory.”

As a former state representative, Tim Summers was instrumental in advocating for library funding during his time in the Legislature. As a Berryville native, Summers took part in the Berryville Library Building Project’s official kickoff announcement in April 2021, encouraging native sons and daughters who grew up in the community to step forward and help make a new library a reality for the hometown that raised them. 

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 Building Fund Project are tax-deductible.

Mary Knight, Friends of the Berryville Library President, expressed appreciation to the Summers family for their donation.

“We are grateful for their support of the library through the years and for this generous gift,” Knight said.

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

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