Stuttgart Public Library is a great resource
Whether you want information, recreation, or inspiration, the Stuttgart Public Library is a great resource.
The library has a large selection of books, videos, DVD's, CD's, audiocassettes, magazines, free Internet, online databases, book clubs, movie nights, and more.
Your first library card is free; just bring a picture I.D. and a proof of address. Children under age 18 must have a parent sign them up.
Genealogy and History
The Stuttgart Public Library's Genealogy Department has an extensive collection of material covering local, state, national, and international topics. The Internet-accessible computer located in the Genealogy Department is provided with a variety of genealogical software.
The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Stuttgart Public Library. There is also a Grand Prairie Historical Society.
The Mary Margaret Selig-Trahan Genealogy Collection offers many resources to library visitors. The Mary Margaret Selig-Trahan Genealogy Collection is open to the public; however, materials may not be taken out of the library. A trained library assistant is also available during hours of operation to assist those seeking genealogy information.
How-To Books: A variety of books to choose from enable the researcher to look up reference, census report, surname listings, immigrant listings, information on the Colonial Period, the Revolutionary War Period, the War of 1812, the Continental Papers, the Territorial Papers and the American State Papers.
Obituaries: There are files of obituaries from the Hazen, DeWitt, Stuttgart and Little Rock newspapers in a file cabinet for the genealogical researcher.
Internet Websites: There are a number of websites available at no charge to begin genealogical research for beginners or for seasoned researchers.
Microfiche and Microfilm readers: Readers are available at the library, with microfiche/microfilm that contains the files of names, information and relatives in 26 states.
Bulletins, Periodicals and Newsletters: These are available in the center and are very helpful in assisting the researcher in genealogical matters. These materials are from various states also and contain a great deal of information.
Story time for Preschoolers is offered at the Library once a month during the school year and a Kids’ Movie is shown once a month.
The Stuttgart Public Library offers six Fridays of fun during the months of June and July. The Summer Reading Program is traditionally kicked off with a visit from popular Arkansas magician Scott Davis. Guest readers from the community also share stories and information during the 8-week program.
“The Stuttgart Public Library always looks forward to the Summer Reading Program,” Ted Campbell, Director of the library, said. “Everyone has put a lot of work into this program.”
Programs for Teens
Library activities for Teens include the Teen Summer Reading program and weekly Teen Book Club.
At various programs, Teens have written and performed their own puppet show, written and performed poetry, watched movies, discussed books, created crafts, enjoyed snacks and even won prizes. In addition, many teens volunteer at the Library. Teen programming is available to ages 13 (or 7th grade) and up.
Programs for Adults
Adult programming includes a daytime Bookmarks book club and a movie just for adults once a month.
All Stuttgart Public Library programming is free; of course donations are always welcome.