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Career born from love of books

SIBLEY, Iowa -- A love for books propelled Mary Earll to work as a librarian for the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District and later as a technology coordinator at the Sibley Public Library. Monday, the Worthington native will officially become the pu...

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Former Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Librarian Mary Earll is replacing Connie Mataloni as Sibley Public Library’s director.

SIBLEY, Iowa - A love for books propelled Mary Earll to work as a librarian for the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District and later as a technology coordinator at the Sibley Public Library.
Monday, the Worthington native will officially become the public library’s new director, when current director Connie Mataloni retires. Earll has lived in Osceola County for almost 32 years and has worked at the library for nearly two years.
“My interests in libraries comes from my love of learning. I have always valued libraries and how they constantly encourage people to grow and learn,” Earll said in an email. “It might be just as simple as thinking of a familiar concept in a new way, but a library really can have a profound effect on people of all ages.”
Patrons, library staff and library board members were primarily reasons Earll decided to apply for the position.
In her many years working for the school district, Earll knew all the students at the library. Employment at the public library allowed her to meet many of their parents and grandparents.
Each individual was “awesome” and “enjoyable,” she said.
“The library staff are one of the main reasons that I applied for the director’s job, since I knew I would have a great group to work with,” Earll said, adding that they were knowledgeable and work well with the public.
Earll is also impressed with the amount of work library board members put into the Sibley Public Library.
“Being a library board member is completely volunteer, and I am impressed with how they go far above and beyond the requirements of being a board member and put in so much extra time and effort on behalf of the library,” she said.
Her favorite books are the “Little House on the Prairie” series.
“My mother read these to me when I was very young, then I read them on my own and years later, I read them to my children,” Earll said. “So they are very special to me.”

“I hope to continue keeping the Sibley Public Library serving the residents of Sibley and Osceola County at the high level that has been established in past years. Reaching out to the various age groups of readers and learners will be a top priority for me as the new library director,” she said.

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