AR Kids Read recently added two new members to its board—Bobby Roberts, the Library Director for the
Central Arkansas Library System, and Donald Wood, the Executive Director of Arkansas Hospice
The men are expected to make great contributions to the board as AR Kids Read expands to help more
children in Central Arkansas learn to read at grade level. “We are really excited to have Bobby and Donald
join our board at this pivotal point in our organization,” said Charlie Conklin, Executive Director of
AR Kids Read.
Roberts has championed literacy since his appointment as Executive Director of CALS. Under his leadership
12 new libraries were built in Pulaski and Perry counties.
Wood is an Arkansas native with a heart for volunteering and literacy. He is a member of the Little Rock
Downtown Rotary Club, an alumnus of Leadership Greater Little Rock, and a Special Olympics Coach.
Roberts and Wood were confirmed as members during the October 10th board meeting. They fill positions
that were vacated over the summer.