It’s done. The new children’s branch of the Central Arkansas Library System will be named in honor of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, tireless worker in the cause of children and former first lady of the United States, at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The library, CALS’ 14th branch, is at 4800 W. 10th, on the south side of Interstate 630 near War Memorial Park.
The Board had voted earlier to name the library for Mrs. Clinton conditioned on her agreement. “She has and she’s delighted and we are, too,” said Library Director Bobby Roberts.
Mrs. Clinton will be at the dedication Monday, Roberts said. A library news release said admittance to the event is free, but attendance will be limited to 150, and four attendees per registration. Each adult must be accompanied by a child up to 12 years old.
Register at this website or by calling the library at 978-3870. (Sorry: The original post had a digit wrong in that phone number.)
In naming the library for Mrs. Clinton, the Board acknowledged her work “as a citizen of Arkansas, including service for the Children’s Defense Fund, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, Arkansas Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Educational System Task Force, Rural Health Advisory Committee, and many others, including her ground-breaking work as co-chair of Arkansas’s Educational Standards Committee. Also recognized is her continued work at the national and international levels to improve the lives of all the world’s children.”
Mrs. Clinton was to be in Little Rock Monday for an invitation-only opening ceremony of a special exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center of Oscar de la Renta fashion. It has 30 pieces of his work, including fashions designed for Hillary Clinton. de La Renta and Vogue’s Anna Wintour are also expected to attend the Little Rock event.
Chelsea Clinton and former President Bill Clinton are expected to attend the de la Renta event. It’s not known if their schedules include joining Mrs. Clinton at the library.