Read­ing with a Black­hawk spon­sored

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - ALEX WRIGHT Pea Ridge Li­brar­ian

Greet­ings, Li­brary fam­ily! Are you an avid book lover? Do you of­ten find your­self mak­ing up ex­cuses to come visit us here at the Li­brary for the com­fort and se­cu­rity that our es­tab­lish­ment pro­vides? Does help­ing chil­dren make crafts give you a sense of ful­fill­ment? If you an­swered “yes” to these ques­tions, then you might be the per­fect fit for our open Sub­sti­tute Li­brary Clerk po­si­tion. We are now tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to fill the po­si­tion with some­one who is out­go­ing, com­mu­nity driven and who loves work­ing with all ages of chil­dren and adults. Please stop by the li­brary for an ap­pli­ca­tion to­day.

For a while now we have been run­ning a pro­gram called Read­ing with a Black­hawk to a se­lect group of chil­dren who needed a bit of help to find their own love of read­ing in school. We have found that the kids thrive from the chance to hang out with a stu­dent mem­ber of our Pea Ridge Ath­let­ics Depart­ment, see­ing them as a form of role model who in­spires them to give books a chance. If you have a child in first through fourth grades who could ben­e­fit from this pro­gram, we would be pleased to have you join us each Thurs­day from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. We have a lim­ited num­ber of spa­ces avail­able for this pro­gram.

It’s that time of year ev­ery­one and love is in the air. The Friends of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary are mak­ing shop­ping for your valen­tine easy by hold­ing their sec­ond an­nual Valen­tine’s Day bas­ket shop­ping event. There will be a wide va­ri­ety of bas­ket types to choose from for men, women and chil­dren this year!

The sale will be­gin dur­ing nor­mal busi­ness hours start­ing Feb. 6 and last­ing through Feb. 14, with an ex­clu­sive Friends mem­ber pre-sale on Feb. 3 and Feb. 5. All pro­ceeds raised from this event will go to­wards fur­ther­ing the growth of the lo­cal li­brary. To do­nate a bas­ket or prod­ucts for a bas­ket, please do so no later than Feb. 2. Up­com­ing Events:

• 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Jan. 31 — Weekly Wed­nes­day Story-time & Craft

• 6 p.m. Thurs­day, Feb. 1 — Adult Book Club

• Satur­day, Feb. 3, & Mon­day, Feb. 5 — Valen­tine Bas­ket Pre-sale

• 4 p.m. Mon­day, Feb.

5 — Book Page Crafts, ages 10 & up

• 4 p.m. Tues­day, Feb. 6th — Gra­ham Cracker Houses, ages 5-15

• 9 a.m. un­til 6 p.m. Tues­day, Feb. 6- Wed­nes­day, Feb. 14 — Valen­tine Bas­ket Sale

• 6 p.m. Tues­day, Feb.

6 — Friends of the Li­brary meet­ing, open to pub­lic

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Editor’s note: Alex Wright is the director of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary. She can be reached at the li­brary at 451-8442 or by email at alex.wright@ city­of­pearidge.com.

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