Adventure Begins at the Saline County Library for Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Summer Reading at the Saline County Library starts on Monday, June 3rd. All ages can enjoy age-specific programs weekly each library branch: Bob Herzfeld in Benton, Mabel Boswell in Bryant, and the East End branch.  It’s easy to participate and so much fun! To register, visit and click the big yellow button. The challenge does not … Continued

Saline County Reads

In preparation for April’s total solar eclipse, the Saline County Library is hosting Saline County Reads. This reading event for adults will start on March 1 and run through March 31, leading up to the Saline County Discusses event. Saline County Discusses will take place in the Benton branch’s Meeting Room on Monday, April 1, … Continued

Celestial Spectacle: Saline County Residents Prepare for Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, parts of Arkansas will experience a total solar eclipse! This means that for a matter of minutes, the moon will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun. During this period, the Sun’s bright rays will be blocked, casting the Moon’s dark shadow over parts of the planet! Arkansans are particularly … Continued

Leigh Espey Selected to Lead Saline County Library

Benton, AR- Leigh Espey, a Saline County native has been selected to be the Director of the Saline County Library System (SCL) effective January 1, 2024. Espey was unanimously recommended for the position by the SCL Board of Trustees earlier this week following a two-month search process. She has been serving in an interim capacity as … Continued

Saline County Library Gears Up for 2024 Seed Library

Spring is just around the corner! Okay, maybe it’s a couple of months away. But it’s never too early to start daydreaming about your spring garden! Luckily for you, the Saline County Seed Library has all of your garden wishlist needs! The Seed Library was established in 2020 with donations from the Healing Waters Outreach … Continued

PIE a Librarian and Support the Community! Win-Win!

From Monday, December 4, to Wednesday, December 20, both branches of the library are hosting a food and hygiene item drive to benefit members of the community. The Benton branch is located at 1800 Smithers Drive, Benton, AR 72015. The Bryant branch is located at 201 Prickett Road, Bryant, AR 72022. Patrons are asked to … Continued

Dr. Gann’s Radioactive Therapy

by Cody Berry, Special Collections Assistant Because of the recent success of films such as Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and Radium Girls on Netflix, we thought it would be interesting to investigate Dr. Gann Jr’s work with radium. Dr. Dewell Gann Jr (1890-1960) is credited as the man who introduced the use of radium to Arkansas … Continued

Warm Wishes from the Library

The Saline County Library wants to make sure that members of Saline County are kept warm during the harsh winter months. The Benton branch of the library will be hosting a warm wishes window and the Bryant branch will have a warm wishes tree. The window and tree will have different items that are necessary … Continued

2023 Wrapping Station NOW OPEN!

Where is the tape? Do I have enough wrapping paper? Lock the door so the kids don’t see!!! All these questions are probably going through your head as you hurry to wrap presents on the bedroom floor. But this year, save your money, time, and your back. Use the Wrapping Station at our Benton location … Continued

The “Write” Stuff

by Becca Griffin If you’ve thought that writing might be a fun hobby, join us at the Bryant branch every Tuesday at 4:00 PM for The Pencil Pack! You can practice your skills, help us make an amazing newspaper and even more amazing friends. If you are hesitant about getting started or not sure if … Continued