Joplin Public Library’s Children’s Librarian Wins Patt Behler Call-to-Conference Award

(Joplin, MO) Joplin Public Library (JPL) is pleased to announce that Christina Matekel-Gibson, Children’s Librarian, has been awarded the Patt Behler Call-to-Conference Award. The Patt Behler Call-to-Conference Award is sponsored by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI) and is offered to introduce working librarians to the activities and programs of the Missouri Library Association (MLA) and YSCI and to encourage involvement and on-going participation in the professional activities of those organizations.

The grant includes payment to cover first-time membership dues for MLA (if applicable); conference registration fees; Thusnelda Schmidt Lecture and meal expenses; and an autographed copy of one of the presenter’s books.

“I am so excited to connect with librarians from all over the state to share ideas and celebrate our mutual love for libraries and literacy. I am looking forward to watching library performers at the Performers Showcase, as well as the opening keynote with Marlene Chism about moving from conflict to connection,” says Matekel-Gibson.

This year’s conference will be held September 28 to 30, in Springfield, MO. The focus is on reconnection with a goal of envisioning what is next for libraries, engaging staff, and empowering patrons.

For more information, please contact Lori Crockett at 417.623.7953, ext. 1019 or Christina Matekel-Gibson at 417.623.7953, ext. 1038.

About Joplin Public Library: 

Since 1902, JPL has been fulfilling the information needs of citizens of Joplin and the surrounding community. JPL opens tomorrow’s doors today through diverse opportunities to learn, create, explore, and have fun.


Lori Crockett, PR and Marketing Assistant
Joplin Public Library
417.623.7953, ext. 1019

Christina Matekel-Gibson, Children’s Librarian
Joplin Public Library
417.623.7953, ext. 1038

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