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JPL Recipe Exchange

Joplin Public Library is excited to announce a new offering in Adult Programming coming in November- JPL Recipe Exchange! Perfect for those that like to cook, a recipe exchange is an opportunity to share a recipe of your own and pick up new ones to try. 

Curious how it works?  We ask that attendees bring a typed or handwritten copy of a recipe (or recipes) that you enjoy; any kind of recipe is welcome! If possible, bring 2 or 3 copies of your recipe so more than one interested person can take your recipe home with them. Have a recipe that’s a go-to for you, or is raved about by anyone that eats it? Now’s your time to show that recipe off and pass it along! Then, you can peruse the variety of recipes provided by others to find something to take home with you–just in time for the holidays, too! This will also be a fantastic time to chat with fellow food enthusiasts about their recipe, techniques, equipment, ingredients…the possibilities are endless! 

The Library will have some recipe cards on hand if you are a cook that likes writing your recipes down, or if you just need some extra recipe cards at home. This event will take place Tuesday, November 15th from 6pm-7pm in our Community Room.

Again, this is an Adult Programming event. Please feel free to contact Adult Programming Coordinator Sarah Turner-Hill with any questions (417-623-7953).

Welcome our two new Librarians!

Joplin Public Library is thrilled to announce the appointment of two brand new librarian positions. New librarian appointments are rare for the Library, with the last unique job addition taking place in 2006, when a teen services librarian was added. On August 2, the Joplin Public Library promoted Jason Sullivan, a reference assistant, to the newly created role of electronic resources librarian, and on September 27, welcomed Derek Moser as its first adult programming librarian. There has been a strongly perceived need for both of these positions, and their addition will likely provide a significant enhancement to patron services.

The new positions come with some exciting opportunities.  Moser will coordinate in-house and outreach programs for adults, assist users with research, reader’s advisory, and other services, and strive to connect with community partners.  Sullivan will manage and support access to the Library’s digital information resources, coordinate interlibrary loan services, and administer the integrated library system.

Sullivan has worked in the Library’s reference department since 2007. His longevity and dedication to the Library, combined with his educational experience and the skills acquired in the Reference Department make him an ideal fit for his new position.  He holds a Masters in Library Science from Kent State University, a Masters in Education from University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Denver.

Moser’s education, work experience and professional skill set make him a noteworthy addition to the Library team.  He holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and is a veteran of the Joplin Public Library where he previously worked from 2016 to 2018.  First, as a children’s library assistant and then later as the assistant circulation supervisor.  In 2018, he accepted the library director role at the Seth Wilson Library at Ozark Christian College.

“One of the best aspects of working at the Joplin Public Library is the amount of buy-in the staff has regarding the Library’s mission,” said Moser. “The Library is filled with people committed to ‘opening tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.’ To be a part of a staff committed to such a task is truly an honor.”