Shirley Philpot, Mena Polk County Librarian, is retiring after 33 years of faithful service to county readers. Before coming to work at the library, Shirley was a stay at home mom, taking care of her children. She has always been a fervent reader and even before coming to work at the library, Shirley was consistent to go to the library and enjoy the vast selection of books. “I was always a patron and I expressed an interest to the librarian at the time that I would like to work at the library. There wasn’t an opening at the time, but when one came open they called back,” explains Philpot.
Philpot served as the assistant librarian until 1996 when she was named the county librarian. Since moving into her current position, she has been responsible for record keeping, ordering books and supplies, and most of all, interacting with the readers of Polk County. “I’ve really enjoyed the people I have visited with over the years. The customer service side of things has been fun for me and I have greatly enjoyed all the interaction. Not to mention I love books so being around them constantly has been a lot of fun,” says Philpot.
Friday, June 30, there will be a celebration at the Mena Polk County Library from 2-4p.m. recognizing Philpot and her years of service to the community. The community is welcome to attend and celebrate her retirement with her. “I will miss the interaction with the people. I have loved what I have done and will miss it a lot,” remarks Philpot. After her retirement, she plans to spend time with family and help take care of her mom. Of course, Philpot will continue to read as she has done for the past 33 years.