Endowments help ensure the future of the Arkansas City Public Library by creating an additional source of income for programs, services, and building maintenance.  The following funds are managed for the Library by the Legacy Regional Community Foundation.  For more information about donating to one of these funds, please contact the Director at 620-442-1280 or arkcitypl@acpl.org.

Arkansas City Library Building Fund

Contributions to this fund are reserved for building construction, renovation, and maintenance of current and future Library building(s).

Arkansas City Library Endowment

Funds are used to ensure the future of the Library, helping with technology and other major purchases as needed.

Arkansas City Library Children’s Fund

Funds are used to support youth services programming.

The Craig Newman Estate

In 2003, Mr. Newman bequeathed 15 percent of his estate to the Arkansas City Public Library to be used exclusively for children and youth programs.  In particular, he requested that the funds be used to promote the development of children and youth programs in the Arkansas City, Kansas area, especially with regards to enlightening and educating children and youth in the areas of reading, nature, and local history.  Mr. Newman also bequeathed 5 percent of his estate to the City of Arkansas City for the Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum.  It was his request that the Library, Museum, and the Chaplin Nature Center coordinate and jointly sponsor programs for youth and children that integrate the special qualities of each entity, such as some form of coordinated program between the Library, the Nature Center, and the Museum, that integrates reading, appreciation and understanding of nature, and appreciation and understanding of local history.

As a result, the Newman’s Quest program began in 2004 with a summer day camp for thirty children entering the third and fourth grades.  The day camp continued through 2012.  In 2013, discussions began between the Library, Museum, and Nature Center staff about expanding the reach of this program to a wider range of ages and broaden it to reach more children.