Photo: Representatives from Arvest Bank present a donation from the Arvest Foundation to members of the Bull Shoals Library Friends.
The Bull Shoals Library has received $1,500 from the Arvest Foundation in support of several projects to increase or improve literacy in the community.
The gift is intended to help fund new books for the library and expand resources for teaching children to read. It also will be used to establish a "leadership library" that can be utilized in conjunction with future workshops the library will host in collaboration with the Bull Shoals Chamber of Commerce. Any remaining funds will be used to update various sections of the library.
Lea Hawkins, member of the Bull Shoals Library Friends, says lifelong learning through books, at any age, enlightens the mind, sparks curiosity and often provides solutions in one way or another. Hawkins says supporters are extremely grateful to the Arvest Foundation for providing support for several of the library programs and extend our thanks on behalf of those who will benefit from this generous gift.
Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home, says it's very important these resources are available for the community and these offerings are continuously updated and expanded for both children and adults. Gilbert says the work of the library staff and volunteers is appreciated, and the community looks forward to seeing the results this donation will bring.
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