Fayetteville Public Library

The expansion of Fayetteville Public Library is entering its final phase. The entire building will be closed starting Sunday, Sept. 27, until late November to wrap up construction, but many services will remain available.

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The Faytteville Public Library's expansion project continues and we get a tour, with masks on and safety in mind, from Sam Palmer, the director of facilities at the library. The construction and renovation of the existing library space is scheduled for completion this fall.

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Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Fayetteville Public Library will host a human library. Twenty-two people will be "books" and patrons can check each out for 15-minute conversations. We sat down with one of the human books, Megan Wishon, and a librarian, Cori Williams, to learn more.

Today Pete talks with David Johnson, director of the Fayetteville Public Library, about the ongoing library expansion.  This expansion will allow the library to accommodate the growing Fayetteville community both through services and space, and is on track to be complete by October 2020.

For more information regarding the library's expansion, visit https://www.beyondwordsfpl.org/ . 

Fayetteville Public Library

The second edition of the human library, where people are the "books," is scheduled for January at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Ronny Cox performed in northwest Arkansas last weekend. He is an actor, songwriter and storyteller, and one of the stories he told during his performance at Fayetteville Public Library was of when he met James Dickey, whose writing inspired the movie Deliverance, the first movie Cox acted in.

In The Hate U Give, author Angie Thomas explores the life of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old living a dual life with her home in the majority-black neighborhood Garden Heights and her school the majority-white private Williamson Prep. Last week, Thomas sat down for a public conversation about the book at Fayetteville Public Library as part of this year's One Book, One Community initiative. Here's much of that conversation.

Jacqueline Froelich

Philanthropist Jim Blair has donated a $1 million gift to Fayetteville Public Library's "Beyond Words" facilities expansion project. 

State, city and library officials gathered Saturday morning at a groundbreaking event for an expansion to the Fayetteville Public Library. The 82,000 square-foot expansion will include a teaching kitchen, innovation lab, photography studio, multipurpose event space and more.

Leigh Wood speaks with Steve Litzinger and and David Johnson from the Fayetteville Public Library about the latest on the library's expansion project.  An official groundbreaking is set to take place March 2nd at 10am.