Foundation


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The Baxter County Public Library Foundation is comprised of community volunteers dedicated to providing financial support to the Library. Support from the Library Foundation is critical to sustaining Library programs and resources and helping the Library answer the ever-changing, information, recreation, and education needs of the people of Baxter County. The Library Foundation, is an Arkansas not-for-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax deductible charitable foundation founded in 1999. The Library Foundation manages two restricted funds, earnings from which provide support for Library programs and maintenance.  In January of each year, the Foundation holds the Ante Up for the Library Texas Hold’em Tournament and a Pub Night as its fundraisers.

Most of the Library’s operating revenue comes from the same one-mill ad valorem property tax enacted by voters in 1952.  Over the years growth in the local tax base enabled the library to grow along with the community, but recent declines in property values have had a negative impact on operating funds at a time when demand for materials and services is at an all time high.  The Library Foundation depends on generous contributions in order to help the Library continue to deliver the same quality and quantity of services.   Please consider the different ways you can Give to the Library.

Library Foundation Trustees
Shonda Litty, President
Julie Wright, Vice President
Ann Harned, Treasurer
Deborah Knox, Secretary
Dr. John Ahrens
Kevin Bodenhamer
Bobbi Brown
Joyce Cameron
Dr. Steve Johnson
Gwen Khayat
Carol Landrum
Katie King Risk
Barbara Skeffington
Beth VanderStek
Jo Wilson

Library Advisory Board
The Library Advisory Board is an extension of the Library Foundation.  Advisory board members are volunteers who serve as community liaisons for the Foundation, sharing Library information with the public and providing valuable insight and feedback.

Library Advisory Board Members
Deborah Knox, Chair
Nick Arnold
Kirk Brown
Jerry Don Cunningham
Sonny Garrett
Anita Hayden
Lynn McAlister
Dr. Robin Myers
Katrina Neis
Tobias Pugsley
Dr. Christina White
Joshua Willard

Library Foundation Office
Contact: Catherine Sawyer, Foundation Coordinator foundation@baxtercountylibrary.org or 870-580-0705.