As we’ve done the past two summers, we hosted a fundraising/reading summer challenge--every hour read equals a dollar for the building fund. Except this year was our boldest challenge yet–25,000 hours for $25,000 in just 8 weeks. How’d we do?!Continue reading “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
I’ve had a couple of exciting updates on the library that I’ve wanted to post, and I figured that now is the time to post both of them!
If you’re a regular reader and/or a resident of Berryville, you probably know that we launched our fundraising campaign for a new library building 5 months ago today and that we also had a reading challenge to raise additional money this summer.
Read ahead for updates on both projects!Continue reading “Updates!”
Press Release on Carroll County Library Curbside Service
Hey, everybody, temporarily interrupting regular blog coverage to announce that we’re shortening our hours starting next week, and we wanted to give everyone a little more detail on what that means and why.
Thanks so much to all of you for your patience, stay safe, and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!
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Book Buzz: Pack Horse Librarians, Camels out West, and Presidential Assassinations
Note: Back to regularly scheduled blogging. Though our library building is still currently closed to the public, you can still request these books–or any item in our system–through our online catalog and receive them through our curbside pickup service. The link to the catalog will be at the end of the post. Thanks!
Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For March, we’re looking at the If All Arkansas Read the Same Book pick for 2020, an unusual Western, and the most comprehensive look at a significant American tragedy.
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Life in the Time of COVID-19
There is no denying that we are living through a historic moment right now as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. Not since 1918 have we as a society experienced a global pandemic.
It was a week ago today that the Berryville Library closed to the public as a safety precaution, and all across Berryville, Carroll County, Arkansas, the United States, and the world, life looks very different than it did just a few short days ago.
Since March 17, the Berryville Public Library’s building has been closed to the public, but that doesn’t mean we’re not serving our community and trying to do as much as we safely can. It’s been a bit of a learning curve for us–since the COVID-19 coronavirus is so new, we’ve had to basically write our own how-to guide to cope, based on the information currently available.
So . . . what are we doing behind closed doors for now?
Berryville Public Library Coronavirus Announcement
Hey, everyone, we’re interrupting regular blog programming to update you on some changes at the Berryville Public Library for the foreseeable future in response to the coronavirus threat.
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Jojo Moyes’s The Giver of Stars
Alice seems to have jumped from the proverbial frying pan into the fire. In her native England during the Great Depression, she is bored and unhappy, and when she meets a handsome American man named Bennett, she quickly marries him to escape. When they relocate to his home state of Kentucky, she expects a well-to-do urban life, centered perhaps in Lexington. Instead, she finds herself in remote Eastern Kentucky, in impoverished coal country, trapped in an unhappy marriage. When the local pack horse library needs volunteers, Alice signs up, mainly as an excuse to get out of her house and away from her husband and father-in-law. At first, Alice is horrified by the rough people she encounters on her route, but she soon falls in love with her work, the people, and the mountains. Still, the solace she finds in work does nothing to ease her troubles at home. Complications ensue. . . .
Exciting News and Announcements
Usually, I try to do a book review for the second week of every month, but I wanted to take a break from our regular blog programming to chat about some exciting new developments here at the Berryville Public Library. . . .
Love Your Library
In the month of hearts and roses, it doesn’t hurt to let the library know you love them, too.