The new Cleburne County Library welcomed the public during its Grand Opening on Wednesday
The new Cleburne County Library opened for business Wednesday afternoon following a Grand Opening celebration and official ribbon cutting. The opening is a culmination of years of hard work by supporters to bring a state of the art library facility to Cleburne County. The Grand Opening was packed with visitors and dignitaries, including Governor Mike Beebe, to help welcome this academic gem for the County.
“Everyone knew that the need was there,” said chairman of the Chairman of the Cleburne County Library Board Bryan Tilley. “The facility was overcrowded. It was cramped. There wasn’t adequate room to accommodate the children’s programs we wanted to do.”
“What you see today is what began in 2010,” continued Tilley. “A result of the support of community folks like you who believe in public libraries and what they have to offer.”
Governor Beebe, who was present at the groundbreaking for the new library addressed the crowd to praise the new facility.
“Nobody could have envisioned the final result,” said Beebe referring to the new library. “Certainly I couldn’t.”
“It is stupendous in terms of what is offered, the way it’s offered, the way it’s displayed,” continued Beebe. “This community should be extraordinarily proud of itself, its members, and its people. This shows you what leadership can do in a community. I will venture to guess that there’s not a town of 7 or 8 or 9 thousand people in Arkansas that has better facility for a public library will all the amenities that are possessed here than the one right here in Heber Springs.”
After Beebe’s words, Colonel Jack Wold addressed the crowd to speak about the new library and his late wife Mary. Jack and Mary Wold were instrumental in the initial efforts to build a new library for the county.
“Mary’s favorite topics were literacy and libraries,” said Wold. “We spoke about it many times and her answer was always a new library.”
“Mary worked tirelessly on literacy and improving the library for the citizens of Cleburne County,” continued Wold. “It’s a great structure and Mary would have definitely approved of your hard work.”
The building itself has been named the Mary Wold County Library.