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Oct 12

What's new at the Springdale Public Library?

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 10:15 AM by Melissa Reeves

Maker boxes
Learn how to use a button maker, make origami, different handwriting styles, and more!

Note: This article is part of the Fall 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

What's new at the Springdale Public Library?

The Springdale Public Library (SPL) is excited to announce new technology upgrades and services in fall of 2018. SPL is focused on offering better quality service to our patrons through new databases, upgraded technology and equipment, S.T.E.A.M. -related activities for all ages, and educational and entertaining programs. S.T.E.A.M. stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math."

During the first week of September, the Library upgraded its network equipment, replacing several outdated network switches and moving all network hardware into new server racks. As a result, the Library’s public and staff network will be more stable, flexible, and easy to manage, and hardware will be more secure. 

The Library has also begun preparations for replacing its automatic book return machine and sorter. Patrons and staff will enjoy a faster, quieter, and more reliable automatic check-in experience. Later in the fall, the Library will upgrade its self-service checkout stations as well with new hardware and software, with more features and improved user experience. Additionally, patrons will be able to pay library fines with credit cards at the new self-check kiosks, giving patrons a private and convenient payment option for keeping their accounts in good standing.

Patrons can also go online and browse our newest downloadable service, Hoopla. Hoopla is an innovative digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audioBooks, eBooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your Internet-enabled TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.

SPL is also introducing Maker Boxes. Maker Boxes are S.T.E.A.M.-related activity boxes with fun activities for any age. Learn how to use a button maker, make origami, learn different handwriting styles and more! Boxes are available at the Reference Desk and can be used in the Library.

On top of all these exciting new upgrades, the Library is now offering automatic renewals for Springdale Public Library patrons. Eligible Library materials renew automatically two days before items are due. The renewal loan period will extend from the original due date. Most Springdale Public Library items may be renewed up to two times.

The following are not eligible for auto-renewal:

• Items that have reached their renewal limit
• Items another customer has requested to borrow (items on hold)
• Items from other Washington County Library System branches
• ILL items (special items borrowed from a library out of our system)
You may also renew materials in person, by phone at 479-750-8180, or online at

The Library is located at 405 S. Pleasant St. and offers faxing, scanning, and printing services, free notary public service, and free public computer access and Wi-Fi. Library cards are available at no cost to anyone living, working, or going to school in Washington County.
Oct 12

Ozarktober Fest returns this fall

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 10:12 AM by Melissa Reeves

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Note: This article is part of the Fall 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Ozarktober Fest returns this fall

Join us Oct. 25-28, 2018 for our second-annual Ozarktober Fest celebration — a four-day event series in Downtown Springdale filled with fun activities for all ages. More information is available at the Downtown Springdale Alliance website, and through Facebook,

Event lineup: 

Farm to Train Dinner Excursion — 5-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
Take in the beauty of the Ozarks in the fall while enjoying a five-course, gourmet meal aboard one of the A&M Railroad’s first-class dining cars. Tickets are $110 per person, to include dinner, drinks, and a round-trip excursion to Winslow. This event is currently sold out.

Fall Fling Bonfire Party — 6-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at Rodeo of the Ozarks
Some of the best memories are made around a bonfire with family and friends. Come to our fall bonfire party in Downtown Springdale—complete with live music, food, pumpkin decorating, FREE activities, and $5 hayrides. Hayride passes on sale now on our website.

Springdale Halloween Fest — 4-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at Shiloh Square
Hosted by Springdale Parks & Recreation and Springdale Police Department, Halloween Fest will consist of candy giveaways from local downtown businesses, touch-a-truck, carnival games, a pumpkin drop, a pumpkin carving contest, and a costume parade (dogs too!).

Brews & Tunes: Beer & Music Festival — 1-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at Magnolia Gardens
Magnolia Gardens provides a lush and beautiful setting for an afternoon of free, regional music — alongside a beer- and cider-tasting experience featuring our wonderful local brewers. Beer tasting tickets are $25 in advance, available on our website, and $30 at the door. 
Oct 12

Brad Baldwin takes over as new director of Public Works

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 10:09 AM by Melissa Reeves

Brad Baldwin

Note: This article is part of the Fall 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Brad Baldwin takes over as new director of Public Works

Springdale is the fourth-largest city in the state by population, and it is also one of the largest by land area at about 42 square miles. With more than 900 lane miles to maintain, the City needs an expert at the helm. The Public Works Department oversees Springdale's roads, and as of July, that department has a new director — an expert named Brad Baldwin.

Brad Baldwin has been working as the Director of Engineering for the City of Springdale for the past four years. As of this summer, he is now also the Director of Public Works. He succeeds Sam Goade who retired after almost 17 years with the City.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Baldwin is a strong leader who has a passion for public service. He has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma and has built a career in the public and private sector.

He previously worked for the City of Fort Smith for just shy of a year as the Chief Engineer and Public Works Director. 

He was hired away from the City and went to private industry to work as the Director of Engineering and Environmental Services for Farrell-Cooper Mining Company. He spent 20 years there helping navigate federal and state mining laws and environmental requirements. 
When he retired, he returned to public service by taking a job with the City of Van Buren as a Chief Engineer, eventually being promoted to Public Works Director, while still working as the Chief Engineer.

"I love building stuff," said Baldwin. "To me, engineering and public works in a municipal setting should be working hand in hand."

Baldwin also ran the Planning and IT departments during his tenure in Van Buren. In 2014, he retired from the City and came to the City of Springdale.

"All of my kids had moved from the River Valley and lived in Northwest Arkansas," he said. He and his wife were eager to move here to be closer to them. "Springdale is a marvelous city. I had always wanted to live here."

He was hired as the Director of Engineering for Springdale in 2014. When Goade retired, Baldwin jumped at the chance to put his experience and knowledge of public works to use for the City.

"I like public works," said Baldwin. "I believe that engineering and public works integrate well."
Now that he is pulling double duty heading up two departments, he has his hands full overseeing almost 60 employees while leading the 2018 Bond Program street improvement projects.

The work Goade did heading the Public Works Department has earned Springdale a reputation for quality road conditions and storm preparation. 

It's never easy when a long-time department head retires, but Baldwin's experience as a Public Works director has made this transition smooth for the City.

Baldwin's philosophy is simple — do what's best for our residents.

"I believe in putting the taxpayer first," he said. "What we're trying to do is get the most bang for our buck in the engineering department, and part of that is helping to integrate more engineering projects into Public Works' day-to-day operations."

In order to do that, he is working to increase the utilization of in-house engineers to provide better support for public works projects.

He plans to do more construction projects in house, as well, and contract out the jobs that can't be done with City staff.

"In the forefront of my mind is the taxpayers and how we can get the highest-quality product for the least amount of dollars because that benefits the taxpayers."