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Baxter County Library Year in Review: 2021

Courtesy of Baxter County Library

Public libraries are enjoyed by people in every season of their lives, but it seems that people turn to the Library especially during times of major transition.  2021 was definitely a transition year.  As the country began to cautiously emerge from COVID restrictions, many people began reexamining and reinventing their lives and careers, and they found what they needed in order to do that at the Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County.

If they were starting a small business, they found resources to guide them and used the Library as their first office space.  If they were searching for the right job, they found public computers to complete job applications and on-line skills assessments for exploring new career paths. 

The Library’s hybrid model of virtual and in-person programming in 2021 allowed folks to safely experience their favorite Library programs again.  They delighted in their children’s discovery of new things at story time.  They fell in love with a new author through one of the Library’s book discussion groups or reading challenges.  They prepared for college entrance exams, explored new hobbies, and reconnected with friends.

Moms enjoyed the Library’s new Mom Walk and Talk program.  History buffs explored the Maps of Lewis and Clark exhibit.  The Art Odyssey tour of artists’ studios was a hit with art lovers.  And the big tent on the Library lawn opened up a brand new, safe space for children’s summer science and art programs.

The Baxter County Early Literacy Project, a successful collaboration with Mountain Home Schools, Norfork Schools, Cotter Schools, the Schliemann Center for Women’s Education, ASUMH, and other early literacy advocates, made great strides with their many outreach programs in 2021 aimed at preparing all Baxter County children with the early literacy skills they need to start Kindergarten.

The Library seized the opportunities that 2021 brought for renewing and reconnecting with the community we serve, and 2022 promises even more.  In January, look for the reintroduction of beginning technology classes such as Intro to Windows and Intro to iPads for adults and a new story time just for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade called Big Adventures.  Literature fans will enjoy an exciting line-up of guest authors for the Read | Write | Ignite Literary Series this spring and children of all ages can look forward to the fun-filled, Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading program. In the fall, the Library will welcome an exciting exhibit, Diamonds, from the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

Of course, none of this would be possible without some amazing, dedicated people – Library staff, Library Board, Library Foundation Trustees, Advisory Board, Friends of the Library members, volunteers, and all of our donors who help keep Library programs funded.  Looking forward to seeing you at the Library in 2022!

Save the Dates: Jan. 3 to Jan. 15

Book Club in a Bag:

Available beginning in January: Sets of 5 book club books with discussion questions in a canvas bag available for checkout.

Book Clubs: Issues and Viewpoints

Jan. 5, 1:30pm – Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story by Carol Shaben

Yoga for Adults:

Jan. 3 and, Jan. 5 – 4-5pm

Babies & Books Story Time (ages 0-3)

Jan. 4, 10:30am

Fun for 3s, 4s and 5s Story Time (ages 3-5)

Jan. 5, 10:30am

Yoga for Adults:

Jan. 10 and Jan. 12 – 4-5pm

Children (K-3): Cinnamon Tortilla Snowflakes

Jan. 10, 4-5pm

Genealogy/History Classes: Research and tour

Jan. 11, 10:30am
Explore the world of resources available in the Library’s Local History & Genealogy Room.

Babies & Books Story Time (ages 0-3)

Jan. 11, 10:30am

Fun for 3s, 4s and 5s Story Time (ages 3-5)

Jan. 12, 10:30am

Technology Classes: Registration Required at

Take the first step toward learning your device in this program for beginners.

Jan. 12, 10:30am – Intro to Windows

Jan. 13, 10:30am – Intro to iPad

Big Adventure Story Time (K-3)

Jan. 15, 10:30am 

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