The Hempstead County Library proudly hosted their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. Visitors and loyal customers from all over the county showed up to support and celebrate them. Their new facility is bigger and better, allowing room for more books and it also created lounge areas for their readers. Couches, tables, and chairs are all set up in unique places throughout the library, making a relaxing atmosphere. Internet and new computers are readily available for researching, studying, and learning.
Courtney McNiel, Director of Hempstead County Library, is especially thrilled about opening the new facility to the community, “We are so excited to be in our new facility. The event couldn’t have turned out any better, it’s beautiful and the entire community loves it. We have had an out-pouring amount of support and we couldn’t be any happier.”
Several current and past library board members attended the event and some spoke on behalf of the library board and the libraries wonderful staff. Library Board President, Jerry Pruden, talked about the history of the old library and all of the generous community members, past and present, that contributed to the new library’s great success. Mayor Steve Montgomery, also library board member, is enthusiastic about the opening. “This is a one of a kind facility in Southwest Arkansas. I know many people will come to visit the library and check out our new computers and internet. I’m thankful to work along side my fellow board members to better this community. We look forward to bringing more people together and adding something more interesting to Hope.”
Amigo Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, owned by Library Board Member Juan Rivera, catered the food for the event. They served chips, queso, and a variety of desserts, fruits and drinks. McDonalds of Hope participated by providing books and dessert coupons to children 12 and under from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
The event attracted a great crowd and people from all over were able to gather around with local citizens and officials to witness a big day for Hope Arkansas. McNiel concluded the program by presenting the board members and library staff with bricks left over from construction of the new building reading, “Hempstead County Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony August 27, 2019.”