Echoes of the River Valley


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Echoes of the River Valley is a series of events that celebrate, explore, and preserve traditional folk arts of the Arkansas River Valley. From music to social dancing to hand quilting. Come and experience these activities as they have been done for centuries.  All these programs are FREE and open to the public as well as to all skill levels.  We will kick off this year’s events with a quilt workshop. Sindy Devereux, a fourth-generation Arkansas quilter, will demonstrate and teach the technique of attaching a shape of fabric to a quilt top. This method is called needleturn applique. Kits will be distributed so registration is required. 

Music will start the following week. Third Thursdays will be the day for old-timey jams. Come along with your acoustic instrument and take a turn going around the circle to pick the tune for all to play.  Followed by third Fridays with contra dance.  This is a kind of social dance done to live music with a caller who teaches each dance before done.

The last Saturday of the month will bring us a Spin-in with the Ozarks Fiber Group. This is an event where people using various techniques get together to spin yarns and in some cases share the final product.  Some of these talented people are also weavers, knitters, and crocheters while some raise their own livestock for raw materials. Come for the live demonstrations and see the different stages of the process. This is a fun and interesting event to attend. 

September Calendar:

Saturday Sept. 11, 9am – noon – Needleturn Applique

Thursday Sept.16, 4pm – 6pm – Old-timey Jam

Friday Sept. 17, 7pm – 9pm – Contra Dance

Saturday Sept. 25, 9am – 4pm – Spin-in

For more information go to or contact Sherry Tinerella (479) 964-0571


Starting Out Normal?

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Welcome and welcome back! Here’s to starting a new academic year in a more traditional way than last year. Hopefully, things can remain normal, whatever that may be. However,  we are prepared to serve your needs whether your classes are online or face-to-face. We’ve got you covered. One good thing to come out of our experience in dealing with the instant onset of remote learning is that we now have laptops for students to check out. These are available at the circulation desk and can be borrowed for a week at a time. That’s not all, we have headsets and webcams to lend as well.

We also have most of the general education course textbooks on reserve at the circulation desk. This means that you can check one out for 2 hours to use in the library. You can make use of our free book scanner to create a pdf of the pages you need to get you started before you can get your books. Other items that you may not know we have for you are scientific calculators. There is a wide variety of  Texas Instrument models required for various classes.

We have many items for your recreational pleasure such as an eclectic DVD collection of over 6,000 titles that you may borrow for free. Oh, but you don’t have anything to play it on? No problem. We also lend DVD & BlueRay external drives. And that’s not all. We have a growing collection of board games and popular reading.

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Stop by the reference desk, find the AskUs link to virtual help on the library homepage at:

Text: 479-802-4876 or call the Reference Desk: 479-964-0570 

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