The Friends of the Library in Horseshoe Bend has raised $96,000 in donations to help fulfill the organization's goal to build a new library because the present library is inadequate in size to serve the needs of northeast Izard County.
Roy Crawford, president of the Friends of the Library, said an additional $400,000 will be needed to complete the project.
Crawford said they are hoping to begin construction in the spring if funds are available.
The Friends of the Library at Horseshoe Bend, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the betterment of the Horseshoe Bend Branch Library.
The current library is 900 square feet and serves the needs of children and adults in communities of Horseshoe Bend, Franklin, Violet Hill and rural areas.
Other libraries in Izard County are located some distance from the area, 35 miles to Calico Rock, 20 miles to Melbourne, and are not easily accessible to most people in this area of the county.
Friends of the Library has requested support for the project with personal financial aid or fund-raising projects with the proceeds going to the organization.