By Mattie Sexton

The Neosho Newton County Library has hired a new library director. The library’s board of directors has chosen Carrie Cline as the director.Carrie Cline copy

Cline is replacing Ginny Ray, who retired as library director at the end of August. Cline currently works at the McDonald County Library in Pineville, where she has served as the library director since 2001.

“I am from Neosho, graduated from there, and once I got my bachelor’s degree I became a school librarian at Maries R-1 School,” said Cline.

Her public library career began as a part-time employee at the Neosho Newton County Library when then-director Jack Wood hired her when she was just a junior in high school.

“I also worked at Wright County’s library for four-and-a-half years before I saw the position opening for Mac County,” said Cline.

Cline is a member of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries, the McDonald County Coalition and the McDonald County Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees.

She will assume her new duties in Neosho on Nov. 2.

“I actually came across the Neosho job because several staff members had mentioned it to me here in Mac County, so I thought I’d try it,” said Cline.

Cline has already been working a lot with Neosho’s library on its Children’s Early Literacy grant so she is fairly familiar with the library and some of the staff.

“I plan on moving Neosho once I can find a place. I am very excited about coming back to my hometown,” said Cline.


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