BLRL Librarian of The Month: Connie Curbow, Still Working For Purdy Residents

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Connie Curbow is being recognized as the BLRL Librarian of the month for January of 2020. One reason she is "A+ Library Staff" is her great work to continuing library services and programs to Purdy residents as well as her role at the Monett branch. Connie was a long-time Purdy Library staffer and now she's working out of the Monett Branch and doing a great job. It's understandably sad the Purdy Branch closed last year, largely due to a lack of library funding. But the BLRL and Connie haven't given up on our service to the people who live in the Purdy area. With the BLRL's support, Connie continues the well-attended Purdy Book Club even holding every other meeting in Purdy's Coffee Cafe. She also has brought the BLRL children's outreach programs in Purdy's local daycares and pre-school.

When asked about her work in Purdy Connie says "It's really great to be able to keep the Purdy community a part of what I do at the BLRL. You know we really care about the people we serve. If we could afford a mobile bookmobile that would be great for smaller towns that can't support a large library facility."

The BLRL invites everyone to congratulate Connie on her being named BLRL Librarian of The Month for the Month of January 2020.

BLRL Note: Purdy has 945 current active library users with Purdy addresses. These people continue to use BLRL services even after the Purdy branch closed. They are visiting nearby Monett and Cassville branch locations and they also take advantage of online library services like Libby and Hoopla. The BLRL hopes to expand library outreach to better serve ALL outlying towns across Barry and Lawrence Counties that don't have library facilities.

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