Mid-Continent Public Library hires new director

by: Kansas City Business Journal

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Mid-Continent Public Libraries has a new full-time person in its top job for the first time in more than a decade, hiring a longtime library executive from Cleveland.

Aaron Mason will start as director and CEO of MCPL on January 17, after this week’s vote by the board of trustees, according to a release from the library.

Mason spent nearly 20 years at the Cleveland Public Library, most recently as senior director of outreach and program services — and where he started in 2004 as a branch library assistant, according to this LinkedIn profile.

MCPL Board President Ronald Thiewes called Mason an “esteemed librarian,” according to the library’s release. At the Cleveland Public Library, which has 27 branches, Mason is working to expand its reach through partnerships and initiatives, fulfilling its mission to remove roadblocks and create “an environment where people of all ages can dream, create and grow,” he said in the release. .

In his new job at MCPL, Mason will oversee 33 branches that serve 850,000 people in Jackson, Clay and Platte counties.

Library programs include offerings such as culinary literacy center; Small Business Services Square One, which offers workshops, access to information and one-on-one consultation; and the workshop helps entrepreneurs enter the food truck business.

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