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Foundation Board tours library construction site in Batesville

Members of the Independence County Library Friends Foundation Board recently toured the construction site for the new library in the Barnett Building in downtown Batesville. Vanessa Adams, library director, conducted the tour, explaining the future use and purpose of the various areas within the new library, which will open later this year.

The Independence County Library Friends Foundation is an independent non-profit volunteer organization that is charged with advancing the educational and informational needs of the community through its support of the library.  

This year, the board expanded to 11 members to become more effective in addressing the library needs of all residents of Independence County.  The long-term operation of the library will be dependent on the foundation’s fund-raising efforts and through memberships, memorials, and donations, according to Ms. Adams.  

ICLFF Board Tour 02.jpgVanessa Adams, library director (left), conducts the tour for board members Josh Kemp (from left), Mary Beth Frensley, Sandy Barnett and Betty Adams. / Photo submitted

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, currently on the third floor of the Barnett Building.  The meetings are open to foundation members and the public.

Foundation memberships – also called the “Friends of the Library” – are currently available at the library for $25 per year.  The foundation also is actively recruiting members to serve on committees that will support activities at the library; the committees include the bookstore/gift shop, events, marketing, membership and tour guides.

For additional information about the foundation, memberships, and committees, visit the library, call (870) 793-8814 or contact Ms. Adams at

ICLFF Board Tour 01.jpgLibrary Friends Foundation board members (back right) gather near the reception area as they tour the new Independence County Library construction site. / Photo submitted

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