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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Karen Jones (left) receives a certificate of appreciation reward from Mayor Bob Tharp June 6 for her six years of service as the head librarian at the Iva Jane Peek Library in Decatur.

DECATUR -- The Iva Jane Peek library in Decatur will soon have a new head librarian.

Late in May, Karen Jones decided to retire as head librarian, effective June 8. Jones has been at the helm of the library for six years. In that time, she was able to acquire several new computers and software, which included a basic ESL (English as a second language) and ABCmouse reading programs.

During the Wednesday morning seniors program at the library June 6, Mayor Bob Tharp expressed the city's appreciation for the work Jones has performed in her time as the head librarian.

"On behalf of the city of Decatur," Tharp stated,"I want to thank Karen for the hard work and dedication to the library over these past six years."

As is customary for retiring city employees, Jones received a certificate of appreciation and dinner in her honor at the Gallery Cafe.

Lynval Abercrombie, a member of the library board, and Tharp introduced Jones' replacement, Josie Lucio, a longtime resident of Decatur.

Library hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 3:30 until 7 p.m., and Wednesday, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information on the Iva Jane Peek library, located at 121 N. Main Street in Decatur, call 479-752-7323 or visit the city of Decatur website at

General News on 06/13/2018

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