We are EXPANDING!!! East End Branch Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce that we are in the process of expanding into a third branch, which will serve the community of East End, Arkansas. This branch will be located in the Hope Valley Development at 24005 Arch Street, Hensley, AR 72065. The expansion is estimated to open in September of 2023. According to … Continued

East End Branch Manager

Branch · Hensley, Arkansas Summary The Branch Manager is responsible for directing all activities of the branch library includingoperations, resources, and staff. Qualifications Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited university plus 2 years of supervisory experienceare required. Strong leadership qualities, sound judgment, self-motivation, and the commitment toproviding excellent service in a public library … Continued

Gann Goods: Saline County and Pottery

After the Civil War ended in 1865, many potters came to this part of Saline County. Between 1868 and 1898, there were as many as a dozen potteries in Benton. Locally made and world famous Niloak pottery was discovered in 1912 by Charles “Bullet” Hyten. While most potters made more functional items like flower vases, … Continued

Just the Facts: Learn About Library Policies, Procedures, and the Collections

On Monday, April 17th, the Saline County Quorum Court voted 11:2 to pass a resolution that suggests the Saline County Library create policies to relocate materials that parents or the public deem inappropriate for children into areas that are not accessible to children. Several library employees along with library supporters attended the meeting. Many were … Continued

Digital Resources for Teens 

In the words of Arthur, “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card”. There are so many excellent ways to use your library card besides checking out books at the library. We have platforms for e-books, audiobooks, music, movies, and even homework help.   Brainfuse has two platforms that make learning easier. On Brainfuse LearnNow you can interact with live tutors that specialize in multiple subjects … Continued

National Library Week 2023

The Saline County Library encourages the public to participate in National Library Week! National Library Week 2023 will be the week of April 23. The citizens of Saline County can participate in library dress-up days and special events the entire week at either the Benton or Bryant Branch.  The theme for National Library Week 2023 … Continued

20 Years of The Bob Herzfeld Memorial building.

This Month, The Saline County Library is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library building. The Bob Herzfeld Memorial Building opened in 2003. In August 1998, Saline County voters approved a .7 percent millage increase and a quarter-cent countywide sales tax increase. Which approved the construction of the building in 2001, but … Continued

The Gann Memorial (1946 – 1967)

In 1946, Dr. Dewell Gann, Jr and his wife Agnes Baum Gann deeded the Gann building to the City of Benton to be used for “Library Purposes.” The younger Dr. Gann and his wife signed the deed on April 19, 1946. The tiny three-room medical office is a unique landmark, having walls made of bauxite, … Continued

Library CLOSED one week in April to install technical upgrades.

Both branches of the Saline County Library will be closed for technical maintenance the week of April 10 – April 15, 2023. Wi-Fi will also be unavailable at this time. All in person programs will be canceled, rescheduled, or moved to an off-site location. Library materials that are due back that week have now been … Continued

Thank you, George Womble

Thank you, George Womble!  By Cody Berry  Since January, Julie Syler and I have been working hard to properly catalog and digitize the many, many artifacts and photographs in the Gann Museum’s collections. We’ve come across some amazing things. One of the artifacts we discovered is an old Winchester rifle; however, this is no ordinary … Continued