2018 Booked for the Evening – Library Service Awards Reception

September 18, 2018

Elaine Kerr received the Bentonville Public Library’s Distinguished Service Award for her long-term service to the furtherance of BPL’s mission. Elaine is a community-minded servant who is a steadfast advocate of the BPL and who has served two terms as member of the Library Advisory Board through 2016 – a volunteer position appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council.

Howard Kerr received the Bentonville Library Foundation’s Outstanding Advocate Award. Howard is currently an Advisory Board member of the foundation and was an active member of the board from 2012 through 2016. He is an experienced leader who always offers wise advise and was the spokesperson for the Bentonville Public Library’s 10-year anniversary in 2016. As a Rotarian, he helped announce the Rotary Club’s 2016 “challenge grant” to the community and lead the very successful challenge!

Jean Batta received the Friends of the Bentonville Library’s Best Friend Award. Jean is serving her second term as the Friends’ Vice President, 2016 -2019. She is a tireless volunteer in the used book store and volunteers to support the annual “Breakfast With Friends.” Jean has also been a faithful volunteer offering her time and talent to the library, as well as a regular participant in the Walmart Volunteerism Always Pays Program (VAP). Jean’s VAP awards total more than $13,000!

Alyssa Hobbs received the Library Advisory Board’s Emerging Leader Award. Alyssa has volunteered more than 250 hours, serving our community’s youth in many different ways. She volunteers at special events and led programs for the library such as Bentonville’s Youth Literature Festival, STEAM Saturdays, Teen BookCon and Maker Mondays. In 2016, she was selected as a Teen Advisory Board member and has proven to be a strong leader and positive mentor throughout her TAB tenure. Alyssa also served as the Bentonville Library Foundation’s Board of Directors TAB liaison.