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Checkout Policy Changes at SPL

The Springdale Public Library Board recently made some significant changes in the policies that form the borrowing rules for the library collection.

The borrowing policies will undergo two major changes starting June 1, 2015.  Director Marcia Ransom identified the some of the reasons behind the changes, one being the growth in the collection over the years.  As the collection has grown, fewer restrictions are necessary to ensure that all patrons have an opportunity to use the most popular materials. While the overall total of 30 items for each cardholder will remain, all restrictions on material types within that number will be lifted.

A second major goal in the borrowing changes is to introduce greater continuity for library users.  Moving forward, all items except DVDs and Blu-rays will check out for the standard two-week loan period and will be subject to the $.10 per day fine. DVDs and Blu-rays will continue to check out for the 7-day period with the $1.00 per day fine, but the maximum fine accrual will be limited to $3.00.  All materials may be renewed.

Director Ransom is pleased with the changes made by the Board – “It’s always a fine balancing act to make the collection more accessible while fulfilling our responsibility as stewards. We believe this is the right next step for our library.”

Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero Has a Story

Stories and activities that revolve around the EVERY HERO HAS A STORY theme await kids participating in this year's summer reading program. From June 9 - July 30, 2015 programs will be offered for preschoolers (ages 3-5) and school-age children (ages 6-9) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Programs for tweens (Ages 10 & 11) will be held on Tuesdays at 9:30 am & 11:00 am. Spanish Storytime for Families will be held on Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Programs for babies and toddlers (birth age 3) will be held on Wednesdays at 9:30 am & 11:00 am.

Registration for weekly programs begins April 28th. Register in person, by fax 479-750-8182, by phone 479-750-8180 or online. For more information about these FREE programs, call 479-750-8180 or visit the Library's children's pages. Return forms to the Library by June 6th.

Those families interested in keeping a reading log of books read during the summer can also participate in the Independent/Read-To-Me Summer Reading Program. Register in person at the Library from June 4 29, 2015 and receive one reading log for each child.

The first 200 participants that complete 4 weeks in the reading log will receive two tickets to the reading parade and Arkansas Naturals baseball game to be held on August 2, 2015. Additional prizes will be awarded the week of July 27th to those who have completed six weeks of reading. Special Events will be held on Thursdays during the months of June and July at 10:00 am. These programs are FREE and registration is not required. The Summer Reading Program is made possible in part by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Escape the Ordinary: Adult Summer Reading Program

Patrons eighteen years of age and older are invited to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program. Register at the Reference Desk or online to receive your rating bookmarks and an SPL surprise. Read a fiction or nonfiction book and rate the book 1-5 stars. Fill out a bookmark for each book you read over the summer.

The bottom of each bookmark is your entry for a weekly and a grand prize drawing. The bookmarks will be used in Library displays throughout the summer. Weekly drawings for choice of a selection of new and/or gently used books. The grand prize drawing will be held on July 30th for four $25 B&N gift cards. For information about this program, please call 479-750-8180 or email

Adult Summer Reading Kickoff
with Author Brad Carter
Saturday, June 6
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Library Gallery

Escape the Ordinary with Brad Carter, a published author of horror, humor, and speculative fiction. Brad is an Information Assistant at the Springdale Public Library where he leads the Fiction Forge, Adult Creative Writing Workshop. The author will discuss his fourth book, Only Things, released May 5, 2015 and will speak about his life in writing. Books will be available for purchase at the event and a signing will follow the discussion. For more information, please all the Library at 479-750-8180.

Art in the Park Summer Exhibit Schedule

Stop by the Library Gallery to check out a new local artist or group of artists every month! For more information about the Art in the Park program, email us at

June 1 - 30
Artist Sean Fitzgibbon

July 1 - 31
Lifestyles Artists
Reception: July 13
5:006:00 pm

August 1 - 31
Artist Katy Kane
Reception: August 10
5:006:00 pm

The Fiction Forge Adult Creative Writing Workshop

The Fiction Forge

Share your writing and participate in critique and discussion with the group led by published author and Library Information Assistant Brad Carter.

Thursday, June 4 & 18
July 2, 16 & 30
6:007:00 pm
The Shiloh Room

Avid Readers Monthly Book Club

The Avid Readers Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month, 12 noon to 1:00 pm. The group reads a variety of popular and award winning fiction. Bring a sack lunch; the Library will provide drinks and dessert! For more information, call 479-750-8180 or email Anne Gresham at

Blood, Bones and Butter The Girl on the Train The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
June 16
Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
by Gabrielle Hamilton
July 21
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
August 18
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

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Last updated June 5, 2015