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Did You Know? Norman Library

Did You Know? One of America’s smallest operating libraries is located in Norman, about 45 miles west of Hot Springs. Until it was recently dethroned, the Norman Library held the Guinness Book of World Record's “Smallest Library” title. The library is located in the center of the town square on Highway 8. It was the vision of Marie Pinkerton whose motto was: “Forward.” Pinkerton’s Garden Club obtained Works Progress Administration funds in 1939 to beautify the town square. A barbed wire fence that once lined the square was replaced with a rock wall of native stone; in addition, funds were also used to fill the square with beautiful native trees and flowers.

An old pump house sat in the middle of the square where the library was to be built, responsible for pumping water from the Caddo River up to a water tower on a hill just east of town. Pinkerton asked the city if she could use the small 14x14 building to create a public library, to which the city granted her permission. The Garden Club furnished the inside of the 170 ft. building in Mission Oak and paid for over 500 books to be placed in circulation.

In 1990 the Norman Square Library was restored and in 1993 the Norman Town Square (which includes the library) was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Norman Square Library holds over 2,000 books and has two computers for public use. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tourists from all over the world have signed the Norman Square Library guest book, the same originally used by Pinkerton when the library opened in 1939. [Source]