The Gravette Public Library has brought back its popular Blind Date With a Book program for the month of February. The annual event introduces patrons to new authors and genres by concealing the book's cover.
Thursday night, historian, author and artist, Nell Irvin Painter, will participate in a discussion hosted by the Central Arkansas Library System. The virtual conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. and can be viewed by patrons anywhere. Irvin Painter is notable for her works on Southern history of the nineteenth century.
Guest speakers are still being invited to talks by organizations during the pandemic, but the lectures are mostly virtual. While losing the initimacy of an in-perosn talk, the era of Zoom does allow for more people to attend. We asked the Central Arkansas Library System how the shift has changed things for their speaker series.
The small city of Gravette is in the spotlight this week after a man who appeared in a photo of House Speak Nancy Pelosi's offices during Wednesday's pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol went viral. Mayor Kurt Maddox addressed the situation in a statement on the city's Facebook page as staff and police were flooded with calls, emails and messages via social media once the man was identified as Richard Barnett. Barnett was arrested this morning by the FBI on charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property.
As the Fayetteville Public Library reopens following a major expansion, we listen back to some of our reporting about the facility and its services from the past 16 years. Pete Hartman reported in 2004 as the library opened and Bryan Rachal reported in 2014 as the library considered expanding.
The Fayetteville Public Library has reopened to visitors after two years of construction on a major expansion that includes new amenities like a performance hall, test kitchen, innovation center and an expanded children's library. Pete Hartman, the host of KUAF's Community Spotlight, spoke with Executive Director David Johnson about what people can expect if they stop by the expanded facility.