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The Arkansas Library Association (ArLA) is proud to present President Barbara Stripling's American Library Association (ALA) initiative, Libraries Change Lives: Declaration for the Right to Libraries.

Arkansas Campaign
During February, March and April, Arkansas libraries rallied to promote the Declaration for Libraries.

  • Displays, word-of-mouth promotions, social media campaigns, special programs, anniversary events and other celebratory initiatives were embraced by 58 participating libraries, garnering 7,927 signatures.
  • All library types were represented with 15 academic libraries, 30 public libraries, 9 school libraries and 4 special libraries and associations joining the Arkansas campaign.
  • Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed the Declaration for the Right to Libraries April 4, 2014, affirming that all citizens in The Natural State have the right for vibrant libraries in their communities!
  • Refer to the Arkansas Report for highlights from our statewide initiative.

Participating Libraries
Alma Public Library
Arkansas Association of Instructional Media
Arkansas Library Association
Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System
Arkansas State Library
Arkansas State University-Beebe - Abington Library
Arkansas Tech University - Ross Pendergraft Library
Baxter County Library
Bella Vista Public Library
Bentonville Public Library
Bentonville Public Schools - Board of Education
Bentonville Public Schools - Apple Glen Elementary
Bentonville Public Schools - Centerton Gamble Elementary
Bentonville Public Schools - Fulbright Junior High
Bentonville Public Schools - High School
Bentonville Public Schools - Old High Middle
Bentonville Public Schools - Sugar Creek Elementary
Bentonville Public Schools - Willowbrook Elementary
Carlisle Public Library
Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock
Charleston Public Library
Corning Public Library
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art library
Damascus Library
Delight Branch Library
Earle Public Library
Fairfield Bay Library
Fort Smith Public Library
Franklin County Library
Gravette Public Library
Greenbrier Middle School Library
Greers Ferry Public Library
Hendrix College Library - Bailey Library
Iva Jane Peek Public Library
Johnson County Library
Jonesboro Public Library
Kingston Community Library
Lockesburg Public Library
Lyon College University - Mabee-Simpson Library
Magale Library
Malvern-Hot Spring County Library
National Park Community College Library
NW Ark Community College - Pauline Whitaker Library
Ouchita Baptist University Library
Philander Smith College - Donald W. Reynolds Library
Remington College Library
Saline County Library
Sevier County Library
Springdale Public library
St. Paul Public Library
Tollette Branch Library
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith - Boreham Library
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Yell County Library
Ward Public Library

Special thanks to American Library Association Councilor Hadi S. Dudley for coordinating the state-wide effort!

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Upcoming Events

ArLA Annual Conference
Embassy Suites & The Austin Hotel, Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs, AR
October 5 to October 7, 2014

ALPS InfoBits
Arkansas State Library
Little Rock, AR
November 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Executive Board Meeting
Laman Library
North Little Rock, AR
December 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM