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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Positive changes at the Sebastian County Library

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Rene´ Myers, Director of the Scott-Sebastian County Regional Library, has been a part of the library system for 11 years and served for 5 years as the Library Clerk for the different libraries in this region.

She says, “I remember we would get phone calls from the public wanting to know if we had e-resources, but with the limited space and funding, it was not possible.”

Beginning in April 2019, the Scott-Sebastian County Regional Library and others decided to pay a small membership fee to be part of the Arkansas Library system. This allows them to be part of a consortium group where each library has access to any book within that group. This has opened a lot more opportunities for books for the county residents that have not been seen before.

In addition, because of the fundraising efforts by Friends of the Sebastian County Library, new books have been purchased, updates have been made and more to be made. There have been adult crafts added in addition to the continuing of the summer reading program, family night and more.

Rene´, her assistants and the Friends of the Sebastian County Library are very excited to finally offer to the public online e-books and audio books, called Libby.

“This has been a process and we are very excited for all locations to be able to offer these services at Greenwood, Hartford, Lavaca, Waldron and Mansfield.”

Rene´ goes on to say, “We have fun events for the adults, Bingo for Books and various crafts, and they are enjoyed by all. We have many who come. The summer reading program for the kids is even more enjoyable than before. There are also crafting times for the children as well as the adults. We have updated our services so that faxing, copies and printing can be done downstairs. Computers are available to anyone to use because there are still some people who do not have access to this type of equipment in their home. We are very happy to provide these to the communities.”

The libraries of today are not just about books, as you can see, they are about reading for pleasure, learning, having fun, relaxing in a quiet environment and so much more.

Rene´ and her assistants as well as the Friends of the Sebastian County Library invite everyone to come and get a fresh view of your local library at 18 North Adair in Greenwood.

And, don’t forget their free summer reading program for kids is still taking place until July 26th.

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