by Fred Hilsenrath
Alice Chambers is the Fairfield Bay Library Director. Her past experience includes working at newspapers, publishing ‘Life in the Ozarks’, and does freelance writing. She is also on the Fairfield Bay Chamber of Commerce Board, the president of the Van Buren County Fair Association, a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Alpha Lambda, and a member at the Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church.
The Fairfield Bay Library is a unique library, in that it is somewhat of a “hub” for the community and visitors. The library offers free internet and Wi-Fi services. There are five public computers and places to sit with personal laptops and tablets. In addition, there are over 1,500 DVDs to check out, many of which have been donated by the community, as well as new releases. There is a wide selection of books; including new releases, large print, audiobooks, young adult, juvenile intermediate, and easy readers – something for everyone in fiction, non-fiction, and biographies. The library houses a reference section, magazines and periodicals, copy and fax machine and for a small fee.
The library does not receive funding from the state or county but does get some local funding, and generates additional funding through memberships, tickets sales from Our Towne Productions, books sales, an annual golf tournament (sponsored by the Fairfield Bay Library Friends, Inc.) and other donations that supports the library.
In the summer there is a Summer Reading Program for children two through 12, that includes the 4th of July Fun Day with crafts at the park, Tommy Terrific and His Wacky Magic Show, and Tuesday Reading where the kids can check out books afterward. Fairfield Bay Rotary has been a sponsor for the Summer Reading Program, while the Lions Club provides the Lion’s Den for the Tommy Terrific show.
Wyndham visitors can get a library card while they are here and visitors can get a temporary membership card for up to three months.
Alice Chambers can be reached at 501-884-4930 or www.faifieldbaylibrary.com