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Rotarians Continue Support of Literacy with Gift to County Libraries


On December 28th, the Rotary Club of Polk County/Mena provided over 170 nominee and award-winning books to each of the Polk County branch libraries. On hand for the distribution event included Rotarians from the Polk County/Mena Rotary Club; Polk County Librarian Mary Renick; Brenda Miner, UA Rich Mountain Director of Library Services & Ouachita Mountains Regional Librarian; and Polk County Branch Library volunteers, Wakunda Williams of Board Camp, Frieda Romine of Hatfield, and Evie Brown of Cove. The books will be distributed to the branch libraries of the Polk County Library that reside in the communities of Board Camp, Big Fork, Cove, Hatfield, and Shady and set up on a rotation basis.

“Our Club recognizes the significance literacy has on the residents of Polk County and we are honored to support such an important project that will have such a positive impact,” stated Sue Cavner, Club President of Polk County/Mena Rotary Club.

The local Rotary Club received a grant from Rotary District #6170 to provide books to the branch libraries of the Polk County Library and to address one of the seven main causes of Rotary International, “Supporting Education”. Rotary International states, “Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy. We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.” More information about Rotary International can be found on their website at

Pictured l to r: (Front row, seated) Wakunda Williams, Frieda Romine, Evie Brown. (Standing) Brenda Miner, Henry Sunderman, Michael Cate, Linda Rexroad, Mary Alice Head, Fred Ogden, Sue Cavner, Tanner Hooper, Charles Pitman, Heather Aleshire, Karlene Hooker, Crystal Liles, Pete Chambers, Mary Renick, Sonya Maye, Tammy Young, Cy Young.

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