YOUR gift makes a difference! Regardless of amount, it is through the generous support of donors like you that the Bentonville Library Foundation can continue to advance its mission to support its community's knowledge and learning by enhancing library facilities, programs and services.

The Mary Baggett Loyalist Society

The Mary Baggett Loyalist Society, named in honor of Ms. Mary Baggett, is a giving society that recognizes donors who support the library each year regardless of the amount of the gift. Individuals giving in a successive year will be recognized as loyalists.

Mary Baggett was born and raised in Bentonville. She has served the citizens of Bentonville in various capacities for many years. In 1972, she was the first woman elected to the Bentonville City Council. Mary has also been a longtime supporter of the library. Having been on staff as a past employee, and a leader for the capital campaign of the present library facility, Mary’s belief is that a vital library is the very essence of a strong community. Her loyalty to the library continues as she actively serves on the Foundation’s Advisory Board as well as being an enthusiastic library patron.

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The Douglas Honor Society

The Douglas Honor Society, named for Emily and John Douglas, is a group of generous friends who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Emily and John encourage you to join them and become a member of this special group of supporters of the Bentonville Pubic Library!

Emily and John Douglas are long-time residents of Bentonville and have been life-long supporters of the library. Emily was the Bentonville High School Librarian before retiring in 1999. As such, she knows the importance of libraries to students, as well as lifelong learners. Like many of you, Emily and John proudly contributed to the capital campaign to build our present library. Emily and John are so pleased now with the present facility appreciating how it has grown in services to Bentonville and believe that, “our library staff is second to none in the services they offer to all ages.” Emily served on the Bentonville Public Library advisory board for several years, and over the past 9 years, she has served as secretary of the Friends of the Library board of directors. Emily volunteers in the Friends Book Store a couple of times each month, and she also checks out books for residents of the Legacy Village Greenhouses (assisted living facilities). They especially applaud the collection of large print books, saying this is such a great service to senior citizens.

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The Youth Literature Festival

The YLF was co-founded by the library and community volunteer Bethany Culpepper, and premiered in May 2015. The vision for the festival is to connect our community with authors and illustrators of children's literature through presentations, workshops and activities. The mission of the Youth Literature Festival is to spark imagination, inspire young learners and nurture a lifelong love of reading, writing and creativity.

The Culpepper Family generously contributes time, talent and funds to support the Youth Literature Festival.

Join the Culpeppers by supporting the library’s Youth Literature Festival!

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Gifts of Stock

Stocks have almost doubled since the height of the 2007 recession. If you are fortunate enough to own stock that is highly appreciated, you ought to consider giving some of it as a gift to the Bentonville Library Foundation. You can reap substantial tax benefits and avoid capital gains by donating long-term stock (stock you have owned for more than one year) and support the mission of the Foundation! To donate a gift of stock, please view the Stock Transfer Instructions here.

For more information, contact:

Teresa Stafford, CFRE
Executive Director
405 South Main
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: 479-271-2464

Corporate Matching Gifts


You might be able to double or triple the impact of your gift by taking advantage of your employers matching gifts program. Find out if your employer has a matching gift program and submit their required documentation to the Bentonville Public Library Foundation. We will process the paperwork and send it back to your employer to maximize your gift!

Ways YOU Can Contribute to Our Library

  • Donate a book
  • Honor a friend of relatives birthday with a book for the library
  • Make a memorial gift to the Foundation in honor of a loved one
  • Remember the library in your will
  • Give to the Foundation through your company’s matching gift program for charitable giving
  • Volunteer your time and expertise
  • Nominate the library as your company/school/organization’s community project for the year

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