The Friends of the Baxter County Library aid in developing public understanding of the library and making it better known to the citizens of the community. Friends provide funds that would not otherwise be available through membership dues, special contributions, annual auction, and used book sales. The majority of the proceeds (99%) are used to benefit the library – purchase furniture, equipment, books and materials. Friends also provide the library staff with advanced training, education and appreciation rewards for their fine effort to keep the Library a “State of the Art” facility and source of pride in Baxter County. Friends donate their time and hard work in our various programs and services. Friends also encourage gifts of books and materials to the library.
Friends of the Library Programs
Friends of the Library Meetings Knox Meeting Room 4th Wednesday of the month 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Used Book Sales Quarterly Used Book Sales are held to raise money for Library programs. Books sales are held Thursday to Saturday. The Saturday sale features half-priced items until noon and a $2 per bag sale noon to 1 pm. As a Friend of the Library you will receive a $2 discount at each quarterly booksale. The August Book Sale raised just over $7,000.
Sharing Our Treasures Auction A live auction and a silent auction are held in the Spring. Items for the auctions are donated by community supporters. The 2016 auctions held in April raised nearly $5,100. Thanks to everyone who donated items for the auctions and to everyone who bid!
Proceeds from these fundraising efforts provide the Library to bring exhibits and programs such as: the “Arkansas Heritage Program Series”, “TumbleBooks Online”, Teen “Olympic Sport Experiences”, Teen “Film Maker’s Class”, Children’s “Nature’s Animal Olympians”, and the “Eat Well, Play Well” exhibit.
Computer Guest Passes The Friends of the Library provide complimentary computer guest passes for visitors and nonresidents.
SINCE THEIR FOUNDING IN 1980, THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY HAVE GIVEN OVER $450,000.00 TO THE LIBRARY AS OF SEPTEMBER 2015. SINCE 2010, THE AVERAGE CONTRIBUTION TO THE LIBRARY HAS BEEN $39,000 PER YEAR. IN 2015, THE FRIENDS CONTRIBUTED $41,575. THANKS TO ALL THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEMBERS, OFFICERS, BOARD MEMBERS AND PATRONS FOR ACHIEVING THIS GREAT GOAL!