The Garland County Library will be running a Food and Essentials Holiday Drive, from Sunday, November 15th thru Thursday, December 31st. The library will function as a donation drop off location during this time for a variety of food and other essential goods. Accepted donations include nonperishable (and unopened) foods, pet food & supplies, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, essential household goods, and gently used winter clothing.
            Circulation supervisor Karen Covey was a leading advocate of the library hosting this drive. "We all need to try to help our friends in the community, including our pet friends, during this trying time," she says. “The library is the perfect location for donations as a lot of people come here as part of their routine. Those library users who are fortunate enough and generous enough to be able to give to others don’t have to go out of their way to do so.” These donations will be delivered at frequent intervals throughout the holiday season to various local charities based on their needs and requests.
            Hot Springs Village residents willing to donate nonperishables and other goods are able to with the library’s weekly home delivery service. The home delivery service currently serves Village residents, and items that patrons place on hold can be brought directly to their homes every Tuesday. Library employee James Nowlin was recently promoted to Outreach Clerk, a new position for the library. “Being able to provide service to folks throughout the county, even the far reaches, is important to fulfilling the Library’s mission,” says Nowlin. “Not only will I bring you your books and DVDs, I’ll take donations that are purposefully left on your front porch to bring back to the Library.” For more information about Garland County Library’s home delivery service, including signing up for it, contact the library.
            Again, the Food and Essentials Holiday Drive will run at the Garland County Library from Sunday, November 15th thru Thursday, December 31st. This covers a period of time ranging from before Thanksgiving to after Christmas. Library Adult Services Programmer Paul Kagebein notes “anything an individual can do to help the less financially privileged could make a small but positive difference in another individual’s life. Something like a couple of cans of vegetables or a clean towel that some are able to take for granted might just make another family’s winter just a little bit easier.”
           Readers should also be aware that the United Way of the Ouachitas recently posted a large list of local charities and churches that will be offering free meals to those in need during the week of Thanksgiving. 
            The Garland County Library is located at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. For more information about virtual programming, online databases, curbside pickup, home delivery for those that live in or near Hot Springs Village, and more, contact the library at 501-623-4161. Questions can also be sent to gcl@gclibrary.com. Visit www.gclibrary.com for access to online catalog, accounts, and e-materials.
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