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October 30, 2021



Book Sale & Bake Sale 8am—2pm
Local Author Book Sales & Signing 10am—2pm
Storytime, Costume Contest & Kids Activities Noon—2pm






The community is invited to “Fall into a Good Book” later this month as the Friends of the Elkins Public Library hosts a book sale that ends in the first-ever Book Bash. 
The Friends of the EPL and the Elkins Community Network are partnering to bring Book Bash to the community!The event will take place on Saturday, October 30, at the Elkins Community Center. The book sale and bake sale will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids’ activities - including games, crafts, story time, and a costume contest - will be 12 noon to 2 p.m. There will also be NWA-based authors doing book sales and book signings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The book sale starts Thursday and will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. 
All proceeds from the book sale, bake sale and sponsorships will support the Elkins Public Library’s ongoing community programs. Proceeds from the author vendor booths will support the Elkins Community Network’s newsletter and other community programs. 

Book Bash is not the only fall-related event coming up! Check out our calendar for more fun events coming up! 

Community Insight:

The Community Insight Column will be a recurring feature highlighting ideas and insights from local community members.


Are Leaders Born or Made? 

Jeremy Mangrum, Superintendent of Elkins Public Schools
The concept of leadership is an interesting one that can be looked at in a variety of ways. In many ways, the success or failure of leadership or a leader of an organization depends very much on a person’s perspective or the lens through which that leader is viewed. I had a chance to reflect on this subject recently in my preparation to write this column.

Leadership is a skill that is in many cases very hard to quantify or measure. It is sometimes difficult to describe what good leadership looks like, and it is even tougher to teach someone how to be a leader. While that task may be hard, it is not impossible. Teaching students how to be leaders is doable, and is something we work toward every day in Elkins Schools. So when people ask me if leaders are born or made; my answer is, “Both.”

It is true that there are some young men and young women in our schools that are born leaders. They have that “it” factor that cannot necessarily be measured, but we all know it when we see it. They have the ability to inspire others, to shape others, to take others to new heights, and this ability seems to be very much innate.

However, not all leaders are born naturals. Others that will become leaders later in life in their families, careers, churches, and communities will do so because they were taught how to exhibit leadership when they were students in school. That is why the work of our faculty and staff every day in Elkins School District is so important. Every member of our organization understands how important his or her job is because we all know that we are shaping the future of our community, one student at a time.

Simply memorizing or being able to define a list of successful leadership qualities does not make a person a successful leader. Anyone can read about and remember that a good leader is confident, hardworking, innovative, honest, a strong communicator, humble, a problem solver, passionate, and resilient. Knowing the qualities that make a good leader and exhibiting those qualities through action each and every day are two very different things. It is our job as educators to model these actions and demand the same actions from our students. This is how we teach students to be leaders.

In my position as the Superintendent of the Elkins School District, I realize that the success of our organization is my responsibility. However, one of the most important skills of any leader is to select the right people and put them in positions to be successful. We have great employees in our schools. That group of people is ultimately what makes our school successful. We have a great school because everyone understands that students come first all day every day. 

Ways to Serve:

Volunteer for upcoming events

Looking for a fun, short-term way to help? We encourage you to look at all the upcoming events and ask how you can use your skills and the time you have to do some good? Look at various upcoming community events and ask organizers how you can help. 

Join ECN’s efforts

Are you interested in helping people in Elkins make connections, be informed, and have an overall better quality of life? We at Elkins Community Network need another person or two to help with the day-to-day operations. This includes helping with the newsletter, planning events, etc. At least some day-time availability and the ability to communicate via digital tools is a must. We would love to talk to you! Please email

Elkins History Project wants your stories

Elkins Public Library and Elkins Senior Wellness and Activity Center launched the Elkins History Project in August and there are still opportunities to contribute! They will host more events starting in 2022 and are excited to receive more stories, pictures, articles, and other mementos! Oral histories are through Claudine at the Senior Center and physical items to be scanned will be through Audra at the library. Check out their new website, made possible through ECN. for more information. 

Elkins Holiday Expo returning Nov. 20

The Elkins Holiday Expo is returning on Nov. 20 and will be at the Elkins Community Center. We will be accepting applications for one week from previous vendors then opening it to the entire Elkins-area business community. Applications will open in early October. We also are planning to have a health fair component! More info coming soon.

2 Fun opportunities with the PTO in October

PTO is offering a way to send your Primary or Elementary school child a monthly note/surprise treat. For the month of October, it will be an Elk button-gram. It will include a note from you and an Elkins Elk button! Button-grams will be passed out on Oct. 15 but you must order no later than Oct. 6! For more information, visit or email
PTO is also offering a way to send your child a birthday package that includes a mini balloon, silicone bracelet, pencil, eraser, pixie stick, birthday sticker, bubbles, a glow bracelet, and your choice of treat. Treat options are a Twinkie, Ding Dong, or Rice Crispy Treat.

These will be available monthly! The due date is on the third Monday of the month before the student’s birthday. If you have questions email us at For more info and to register visit:

Fall Story Time starts Oct. 7

The Fall storytime at Elkins Public Library starts at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7. It will be at the library every Thursday at 11 a.m. and the theme is “Where are We Going?”. The library will also be starting up their craft kits at the same time.

Homecoming Oct. 15

Elkins High School’s Homecoming festivities will be Friday, Oct. 15.  

Schedule of Activities: 
  • 2:00 pep rally
  • 2:30 Parade
  • 6:30 Ceremony
  • 7:00 Game time vs Green Forest
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We fund our ongoing programs through sponsorships in three forms. See details for each at
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Blog Article on Website        $60
Informative and educational article with insights into your industry. Article featured as a blog on our website.
Check local calendars for changes to events

We try to be as accurate as possible with our calendar information, but sometimes schedules change. For the most up-to-date information, check our events calendar on our website at City of Elkins events can be found on the city website at Elkins School Events can be found on the district calendar at The Senior Center also publishes a monthly newsletter with its menu and activities that can be found at

Do you have a business, local organization, church, or youth activity that people need to know about? We have a directory for that! Please submit your organization to one of our directories or email us at or call (479) 274-0016 so that we can spread the word about everything going on in Elkins.

October Calendar of Events

M Oct 4—Planning Commission Meeting—7pm at Elkins City Hall.
T Oct 5—Beginner Yoga with Danielle—6:15pm at the Elkins Public Library Community Room; Yoga classes happen each Tuesday evening at 6:15pm. Find Yoga with Danielle on Facebook for more info.
Th Oct 7—Elkins Public Library Story Time—11am at the Library. Story Time will be every Thursday at 11am.
Su Oct 10—Abundance Quartet Concert—6pm at Crystal Hills Family Fellowship Church
T Oct 12—Elkins 4H Meeting—6pm at the Bunch Park Old Pavilion
W Oct 13—Elkins Park Committee Meeting—6:30pm Location TBA.
Th Oct 14—Elkins Water & Sewer Committee Meeting—7pm at Elkins City Hall
F Oct 15—Elkins High School Homecoming. Schedule on page 3.
Sa Oct 16—Mayfield Mercantile Craft Show—7am –6pm 20815 Pug Gayer Rd, Fayetteville (Goshen area)
  —Daddy/Daughter Homecoming Dance—5-8pm at the Elkins Community Center. Tickets are $30   per Daddy/Daughter and $5 per additional daughter.
M Oct 18—Planning Commission Meeting—7pm at Elkins City Hall
T Oct 19– Elkins School Board Meeting—6pm in the Elkins District Office
Th Oct 21—Elkins City Council Meeting—7pm at Elkins City Hall
M Oct 25—Ads & Articles due for the October edition of the newsletter
Th/F Oct 28-29—Friends of the Elkins Public Library Book Sale—10am-6pm at the Community Center
Sa Oct 30—Book Bash—8am-2pm at the Elkins Community Center. Full Details on the Front Page.
  —Crosses Community Church Fall Festival—3pm at the church
  —Trunk or Treat Hosted by Local Businesses—5-7pm 2129 N Center St
  —First Baptist Church of Elkins Fall Festival—5:30-8:30pm at the church
  —Round Mountain Community Church Festival—Details TBA
Sunday October 31—Have a Happy Halloween!

View the complete calendar and submit your events at or email us at or call (479)274-0016.

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