Books in Bloom Literary Festival
Books in Bloom Literary Festival: a Celebration for Writers and Readers was established in 2005 by the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation as its signature event to promote the value of books and reading. The Books in Bloom Co-chairs are Jean Elderwind and Lin Wellford, directors on the Foundation Board.
The Festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet accomplished authors, and to hear them read from or speak about their work. Aspiring writers learn about various aspects of writing and publishing, and avid readers are introduced to authors working in a wide variety of genres. It all takes place amid the colorful flower gardens of the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa.
Join us for an hour or two, or for the full afternoon of presentations and readings!
The 14th Annual Books in Bloom Festival is delighted to be included in the Festival of the Arts schedule, a month-long celebration of the arts, held in Eureka Springs and now in its 30th year.
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation was established in 2001 with the primary goal of ensuring the long-term financial stability of the Carroll and Madison Library System, its administrative office, and the six libraries within its two-county service area. It pursues this goal by encouraging financial support from all segments of the community.
The libraries are located in Berryville, Eureka Springs, Green Forest, Huntsville, Kingston, and St. Paul.
The purpose of the Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation is to be a foundation, a solid financial base so that its six libraries, their communities, their thousands of patrons young and old, will always have free and public access to information. That, after all, is the fundamental and defining purpose of any public library. The Foundation, whose gifts to the regional library system are immeasurable, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Code of Conduct
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation is committed to providing a safe environment at Books in Bloom for all attendees who include, but are not limited to, authors, industry professionals, moderators, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, media, and members of the general public, free of harassment, discrimination, and threatening or disrespectful behavior.
The Foundation does not tolerate harassment in any form and reserves the right to remove from any Books in Bloom event those who engage in harassing behavior including but not limited to unwanted advances, stalking, verbal threats, inappropriate statements or gestures, sustained disruption of speakers, and disrespectful comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil disagreement and civic discourse. This may include remarks or actions that target people based on certain characteristics that include but are not limited to, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability status.
The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation welcomes attendees and participants of all genders, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, physical appearances, body sizes, races and religions. The Foundation is dedicated to creating safe and accepting environments for people to engage with literature and ideas.
2018-2019 Board of Directors
Kevin Hatfield, President | Dena James, Vice-President | Bryon Russ, Treasurer | Johnice Dominick, Secretary
Olivia Foster Curry | Jean Elderwind | Fred Hopkins | Jennifer Hudspeth | Robin Mowrey | Diane Murphy
Allen Rogers | Debbie Smith | Maria Smith | Bill Brown, Emeritus | Cindy George, Emerita
William Horrell, Emeritus | Lin Wellford, Emerita