The idea of a library for Pea Ridge and the surrounding area began on June 1, 1974 when a group of ladies began a small library in the Mount Vernon Presbyterian church basement with books that had been generously donated by local citizens.
At the CIty Council meeting on June 13, 1974, a request was made to house the books that had been donated on shelves in the council meeting room. The request was turned down but Mayor Jack Musteen gave $500.00 and the City Council matched that amount. These monies were the starting funds to buy the old Bank of Pea Ridge building in historic downtown Pea Ridge.
People responded so generously that less than one year later the Pea Ridge Community Library held its open house on May 18, 1975.
The library has grown and changed through the years and in 2009 celebrated 35 years of providing services to the town of Pea RIdge and the surrounding communities.
The biggest change by far began in mid-2011 when Mercy Health Systems donated the former Pea Ridge Mercy Clinic building to the City of Pea Ridge for use as a library. Thus began many months of fund raising and renovation.
With the support of the community, all the hard work paid off and the library opened its new home at 801 N. Curtis on April 9th and celebrated with an open house on June 4th, 2013. We now occupy almost 3,000 square feet of the approximately 5,000 square foot building. Plans are to raise the necessary funds to turn the remaining space into a Multi-Purpose Room that will help serve the needs of our patrons as well as to allow more library growth.
This enlarged facility has allowed us to offer a Story and Craft Hour each week to area children. Our Teen and Young Adult book section has been greatly enlarged as has our Large Print section. Both our Adult and Juvenile Fiction and Non-Fiction collections have been expanded.
The six public use computers and a Meeting Room have proven to be beneficial to many people in the community.