The Friends of the Faulkner County Libraries held their annual meeting recently where they honored their Friend of the Year, the Volunteer of the Year, and Library Trustee of the Year.              

The 2011 Friend of the Year Award was given to Sharon Hardin. Sharon currently serves as secretary to Friends and has been a loyal volunteer in the Friends’ Bookworm Project.  Bookworm Project encourages donations of gently used and new books from grade school aged children for donation to needy families who receive food boxes at Christmas through the CAPCA program. She also volunteers for the Friends book sale in the spring and fall. Sharon is married to Doug Hardin and has a son and daughter and three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, hiking and reading. She’s also a new Master Gardener.

Friends also honored the Faulkner County Urban Farming Project with the 2011 Volunteer of the Year award. The FCUFP team donated hundreds of hours promoting sustainable urban farming to the adults and children who attended programs at the Conway library. They also planted a demonstration garden on the grounds of the Conway library to model sustainable gardening techniques in the collaborative gardens north of the library. The produce from the gardens was donated to several food banks to provide fresh vegetables. The FCUFP is headed by Alicia Allen and coordinated by Cliff Beacham.

Also honored were retiring board members Marilyn Armstrong and Linda Tyler. Marilyn is retired from Conway Public Schools and an avid reader. Retirement from board service will give her more time to read, travel, and be with her family.  

Linda Tyler has retired from the board to dedicate her time to public service. She is in her second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives running for state Senate. 

Friends of the Faulkner County Libraries meet at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Conway library. They use their fund-raising efforts to enrich the county’s libraries in Conway, Greenbrier, Mt. Vernon, Mayflower, Twin Groves and Vilonia.