Meet the li­brary staff

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

The di­rec­tor of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary is Alex Wright, a grad­u­ate of Pea Ridge High School. She has been with the li­brary for two years.

Wright is a na­tive of Ben­tonville and has been in Pea Ridge for 13 years.

She is the li­brary li­ai­son for the Friends of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

Her in­ter­ests are read­ing and plan­ning ways to help this Li­brary grow to its fullest po­ten­tial.

She and her hus­band, Greg, have two dogs, Ham­let and Toby.

She said: “I love the sense of com­mu­nity that work­ing at the li­brary brings.

“We meet such fas­ci­nat­ing in­di­vid­u­als and many be­come fam­ily to us. The best days are the days when kids come into our li­brary and their eyes light up as they look around, true hap­pi­ness.”

Mary Grace Maness is a clerk with the li­brary and just cel­e­brated her one-year an­niver­sary there. A na­tive of Jacket, Mo., she has been in Pea Ridge for two months.

She said she en­joys read­ing, play­ing blue­grass and bak­ing.

She said she is mar­ried to Cur­tis Maness.

What she likes about her job are the books, the peo­ple and the cute ba­bies.

Re­becca “Becca” Till­man is a clerk. A na­tive of Garfield, she has been in Pea Ridge for 14 years and em­ployed with the city for three months.

Her in­ter­ests in­clude draw­ing, writ­ing, photography, art, piano

and dance.

Becca has two cats, Rem­ing­ton, 11, and Spud, 2.

She said be­ing around books and talk­ing to pa­trons — the aes­thetic — is what she loves about her job.

Debi Hale, li­brary clerk and grant seeker, is a na­tive of Rogers. She moved to Pea Ridge in 2015. She has been with the li­brary for about 18 months.

Her in­ter­ests in­clude gar­den­ing, run­ning, farm­ing, read­ing and the Friends of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary.

She said: “I’m in­ter­ested in help­ing de­velop peo­ple and places.”

She said she is a wife and mother of six.

As for her job, she said: “I love the com­mu­nity outreach.

“Pea Ridge is full of great folks who make my job both re­ward­ing and en­joy­able ev­ery day. I love to help con­nect peo­ple with books they love and other re­sources they need.”

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

The staff of the Pea Ridge Com­mu­nity Li­brary greets pa­trons with smiles. They are, from left, Debi Hale, clerk and grant seeker; Becca Till­man, clerk; Alex Wright, di­rec­tor; and Mary Maness, clerk.

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