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7/3/2021

THANK YOU for Making the OZ Kids® Bike & Book Fest a Success!

The Bikes & Books Fest was a HUGE success with nearly 1,000 attendees! This fantastic event was hosted by Bentonville Public Library and the Bentonville Library Foundation - and was presented by Arvest Bank and the Walmart Museum.

Special thanks to Ozark Outdoor Foundation, Downtown Bentonville, Inc., Runway Group, Jimmy John's and Pedal it Forward!  Pedal it Forward distributed 78 bikes and will provide 38 additional bikes to kids on a waitlist later this summer - this is extraordinarily generous!

Additional support was provided by Thaden Field, Strider Bikes, Yoga by Cocoom Yoga Lab, Wonder by Wonder Parties, BelGioioso Cheese, Rambler Sparkling Water, Amanda Welch, Academy Sports, AMP, Flintco Construction, Walmart, Sam's Club, eGluck, Friends of the Bentonville Library and OZ Trails®

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5/1/2021

Foundation Board President Howard Kerr Interviewed in Celebrate Arkansas Magazine

Q. How will a full expansion better serve our community?

A. The full expansion plan shared by MSR Design is a larger, fully-developed option providing more new amenities and expanded service opportunities. The plan goes beyond the bond option to address current and future needs of the city’s residents. Highlights include a 300-person meeting room, community hub and marketplace area, plus priority areas identified for the bond are larger to make room for more participation. As Bentonville’s population continues to grow, the library must grow with the demands of our diverse community.

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3/1/2021

BLF is delighted to announce the addition of 3 new board members

Angie Bailey is a long-time resident of Bentonville and an Arkansas native.  She is the co-owner of a family business, Best-in-Class Suppliers.  She helps manage the business alongside her husband, Dale, and their two children, Tom and Tandie. 

Volunteering in our community not only gives her great joy, but she also believes it is part of our responsibility as members of our community.  She believes, giving back and giving forward are critical pieces of building something better than it was before. 

Like many other folks in NWA, Angie loves to hit our mountain bike and greenway trails.  She is an avid gardener and is working as a first-year beekeeper.  She believes you can learn anything with a library card and an internet search.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

 

Dean Hawkins has recently retired after 15 years as Vice President of Sales for Bimbo Bakeries USA. He is currently running a consulting business helping new CPG businesses develop Marketing and Sales strategies. He was born and raised in Shelby, NC, and graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Business Administration degree. Dean and his wife Sally have two children and two grandchildren. His goal with the Bentonville Library Foundation is to help the Library reach more people with the valuable skill of focused reading.

Bo Grimes currently works for the Nature's Bounty Company as Director, Customer Development on the Sam's Club account.  Before moving to Northwest Arkansas, Bo graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Arkansas.  His love of reading is what originally led him to get involved with the Bentonville Library and he looks forward to beginning his second term with the Bentonville Library Foundation this coming January.

Bo is married to his wife Ricci, has a daughter named Micah and recently, for some reason, thought it was a good idea to get two puppies at the same time (2 Mini Aussie Shepherds named Ruston and Brooklyn).  He enjoys reading, running, and likes to reminisce about the days when he was allowed to play golf.

2/1/2021

Teresa Stafford Recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Alexandria, VA - CFRE International is proud to announce Teresa Stafford has recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Teresa Stafford, joins over 7,200 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. The CFRE certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.

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1/18/2021

Bentonville Library Foundation receives $7,870 from donors and Walmart matching gifts!

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership, Walmart hosted a one-day, online matching campaign, MLK Day of Giving, for U.S. Walmart,

 

Sam’s Club and brand family associates as well as any consumer on January 18th.

Walmart believes “our associates and customers care deeply about supporting nonprofits that address causes of all kinds.”  In honor of MLK Day this year they made it easy for anyone to give back and help meet the needs of others.  The Bentonville Library Foundation is deeply grateful for your leadership Walmart!

11/9/2021

Spotlight on our Student Leaders!

Bentonville Library Foundation is thrilled to announce that this bright, interactive, new website was built by two very talented Ignite Professional Studies program students!

Abby Lopez (left) is a recent graduate of Bentonville West High School. She will be attending NWACC as a mechanical engineering major and plans to study abroad, focusing on the science and business of robotics. She is also passionate about graphic design as well as web and app development. Abby hopes her future career plans include all of her passions.

Arthi Krishna (right) is a recent graduate of Bentonville High School. She wrote her first line of code in the 6th grade and has never stopped. Arthi has been active in the Bentonville Public Library as a Math Mentor and a student leader in the Lil' Miss Coders Program. She will be attending Columbia University this fall studying Computer Science.

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