It’s That Time of Year Again!

Books in Bloom

Make sure you pencil in Sunday, May 20th, 12-5 p.m. on your calendar! That will be the 13th Annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. You can rub elbows with some of your favorite authors, get signed books, and hear the writers give talks on everything from the inspiration behind their books to writing tips to readings of their work.

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Sneak Peek at 2018

New Year

For 2018, we’re ringing in the New Year with some new features that focus on buzz-worthy books, movies, and television shows!

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Sneak Peek for Next Year

A whole new year, a whole new blog? Not exactly but definitely time for a few tweaks.


This year, a lot of our blog posts have focused on our 2016 Library Challenge. But as the year is winding down and the challenge deadline is drawing near, I wanted to spend some time looking ahead to next year.

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2016 Library Challenge: Reminder


One month to go!

As the year is winding down, this is just a friendly PSA that if you’ve been participating in our reading challenge this year and have or will have successfully completed 40 of the 48 challenges by the end of the year, you’ll need to present your scorecard in person at the Berryville Public Library by December 31st.

Here’s a link to a recap of the rules and a downloadable copy of the scorecard.

Personally, I still lack 4 categories. I have the books I need to read for them checked out. They stare at me reproachfully every night before I go to sleep, but I’ve managed to ignore them while I read other things. . . .

So, how’s your reading challenge coming along? If you’re not participating in the 2016 Library Challenge, how many books have you read this year? How many books are you planning on reading in December? Tell us in the comments!


One of my favorite parts of working in the library has always been the conversations I’ve had with patrons and coworkers about books. Over the years, I’ve received a lot of wonderful book recommendations while I was waiting on patrons or chatting with coworkers.

We at the Berryville Public Library wanted to start our own blog to provide another forum for book discussions, one not limited by time or place. Now we don’t have to limit talking about books to book clubs or times when you’re in the library because this blog lets us bring the conversation to you.¬†To help start this online conversation about books, we’ll be posting weekly reviews, recommendations, and thoughts about books, as well as other items in our collection, like music, movies, and television shows.

In addition, we’ll be partaking in the 2016 Library Book Challenge and chronicling it on the blog. If you haven’t already, stop by the library and pick up your copy of the Book Challenge calendar, so you can participate too.

One reason we really like this particular book challenge is it’s so flexible. Unlike many other yearly book challenges, which require you to read specific titles or have a rigid timeline you must follow, this one provides you with general categories. That way, you can explore titles, authors, and genres you may not normally read, but you can still easily adapt them to your own interests. For instance, challenges include “Read a funny book,” “Read a book set in another country,” “Read a book that became a movie,” and “Read a book by an author with your initials,” among many others. In addition, the categories are not listed in any specific order, so you can work through the different challenges at your own pace and according to whichever sequence you prefer.

Even if you don’t want to participate in the Book Challenge, because the categories are broad enough, you can still enjoy the resulting reading suggestions and book reviews.

Be sure to bookmark this site, so you don’t miss any of our upcoming posts!

Interested in the 2016 Library Book Challenge? Post a comment below, and we’ll save a calendar for you behind the circulation desk.