The date of the grand opening for a new library in Mountainburg has been set.
The Crawford County Library Board set the time for May 20 at 2 p.m. during its meeting Tuesday. Beforehand, Eva White, Crawford County Library System director, provided the board with an update on construction for the building. Construction is due to be complete by March 30.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the building took place July 20. It is located at 223 U.S. 71 in Mountainburg.
The library board approved a motion to recognize White's service by naming the conference room in the new library in her honor. White said she is planning on retiring at the end of this year.
Jami Ann Balkman, chairman of the Crawford County Library Board, said she did not think the board would be already holding an opening ceremony for the library without White. The project has been in progress for a period of years.
"We've ended up having to change the location, we've had to do quite a bit of fundraising," Balkman said. "There's just been a lot of pieces to this particular project that, without Eva White's leadership, it would've probably not have happened, and so we wanted to honor her work. She actually came out of retirement. She had retired as the director of the county library, and then when her successor decided to leave, then we managed to get her to come back."
Balkman said when White returned, she said one of the reasons she wanted to come back was that she wanted to be a part of the Mountainburg library construction project.
White said she originally retired in 2012 and came back in 2013. She regrets having to retire this year, but it is time to do so.
"I've enjoyed every minute of working with these libraries, and it's been a great job for me, and I hope that they will continue to prosper after I'm gone," White said.