When you visit Rogers, Arkansas, you’ll find plenty of things to do outside; enjoy some hiking and nature talks at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, shop “al fresco” at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, and in the summer, plan a visit to the new Rogers Aquatic Center. But if you find yourself needing a little down time (or a place to warm up!) the Rogers Public Library is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. The Rogers Public Library (RPL) was opened in 1904 with a whopping 458 books on its shelves and a staff of volunteers who were dedicated to expanding the cultural opportunities of their community. Today, the shelves hold not only 140,000+ books in a wide variety of genres, but also audio books, movies, music, and “periodicals” (that’s the librarian word for magazines). There are also special sections for large print books, graphic novels and books printed in Spanish. For over a decade, the RPL has been named “First” or “Runner-up” in the Best Library category in local media surveys.
The Library’s website contains a wealth of information about their services and programs, including a very full calendar of events that you can browse as you’re planning your visit to Northwest Arkansas. With programs for small children, teens, parents and seniors on the calendar, they literally have something for everyone in your family. The website also provides links to online resources and digital book-sharing services. Note: to check out books or use the Books2Go program, you will first need to sign up for a library card.
The Rogers Public Library is located in an older neighborhood (if you consider homes built in the 1970s “older”) so it’s quiet and lovely outside the plentiful windows. It’s also centrally located in Rogers, on Dixieland. It’s just a short drive from the mall and right down the street from the Rogers Aquatics Center. You could drop the kids off to swim, and spend some time here catching up on your favorite vacation read. Bring your tablet or laptop - their wi-fi is free, and available without the need for a library card.
If you visit in the hopes of doing some research on a particular topic, as I did, you will find the library provides more than fifty computers for public use and a brightly-lit reference section near the front of the building. It is one of the only local libraries that employs a full-time staff of Reference Librarians who are available anytime the library is open.
Whether you are visiting Rogers for the first time, or live here year-round, the Rogers Public Library should definitely be added to your “Things to Do” list this year. See you in Rogers!
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