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CORRECTED 3:42 P.M.: Replaced floor plan image with correct image and removed mention of additional computers in the new library.



 – HOPE, AR – The Hempstead County Library Board of Commissioners invites the public to the groundbreaking ceremony for the New Hempstead County Library on Wednesday, June 21 at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be provided for all those who attend.

The new library will be built behind the existing library at 500 S. Elm St. The current library was built in 1948. Construction is expected to take about 1 ½ years.

According to Hempstead County Library Director Courtney McNiel, the 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility is designed to meet the needs of the residents of Hempstead County for many years to come. The facility will include large spaces for events such as the summer reading programs and book club, reading nooks, study areas, different areas for children and teens and more.

According to Hempstead County Library Director Courtney McNiel, the total cost for construction will be around $2,400,000. The Milton and Mary Campbell Estate has donated $1,400,000 for construction.

According to Hempstead County Judge Haskel Morse, the remaining $1,000,000 will come out of the library funds that have accumulated for more than 20 years after a 2 mil property tax was implemented in the 1990’s. Judge Morse said the fund were originally going to be used for renovations and repairs to the existing library building, which has some problems. Morse said the donation of the Milton and Mary Campbell Estate made a new library possible.

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