Friends of Li­brary wants you

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION -

Hello Pea Ridge and the greater north­ern cor­ner of North­west Arkansas.

My name is Debi Hale. I am a third gen­er­a­tion North­west Arkansas na­tive and have been a Pea Ridge res­i­dent for the past two years. This is a great area, and like many of you, I love the idea of see­ing in­ten­tional pos­i­tive growth of our town.

The Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary just may be one of the best-kept secrets in town. This space of de­voted city em­ploy­ees, fab­u­lously sto­ried reg­u­lar pa­trons, and a hand­ful of en­thu­si­as­tic Mid­dle and High School vol­un­teers, is def­i­nitely worth drop­ping by to take a look. The li­brary has many weekly pro­grams, games, crafts, guest speak­ers and much, much more, such as the ever grow­ing DVD col­lec­tion. All of these things are free to Pea Ridge res­i­dents and area fam­i­lies with a li­brary card.

I’d like to tell you about a way to make this gem in our com­mu­nity even bet­ter.

The Friends of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary is a mem­ber based, vol­un­teer driven 501 (c)3 non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that ex­ists to raise funds, aware­ness and re­sources, ex­clu­sively for the pur­pose of in­creas­ing Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary’s ca­pac­ity to bet­ter serve our great com­mu­nity. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate.

The Friends of Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary is about to kick-off the bian­nual mem­ber­ship drive. You can sign up be­gin­ning Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the li­brary. There will be a Friends of Pea Ridge Li­brary Board meet­ing open to the pub­lic that night at 6 p.m. in the li­brary’s com­mu­nity room; re­fresh­ments will be served. I en­cour­age you to at­tend to find out more.

Quick Facts:

• The Pea Ridge Li­brary serves more than 1,350 pa­trons ev­ery month

• To­tal cir­cu­la­tion — 14,936 (books, DVDs, and au­dios)

• To­tal items checked out monthly av­er­age 1,703


Ed­i­tor’s note: Debi Hale is a part-time em­ployee of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary and on the Friends of the Li­brary. She can be reached at the li­brary at 4518442.

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