A not-so-new library director has been selected to head up the Crawford County Library System.
Eva White, the former long-time director who helped bring about extensive growth in the library system, has been reinstated as the permanent director.
White retired at the end of July in 2012, but returned as interim director in September 2013 after former director Tara McCleod left for a new position in Norman, Okla.
When asked about her choice to return, White said she realized she was not quite ready for retirement and was "kind of bored."
"I’ve always loved working at the library system," White said. "I’ve got a few more good years left, I hope. I want to be productive."
White also wanted to see the completion of some projects she left unfinished, she said.
Three new libraries were built during White’s term as director - in Cedarville, Van Buren and Mulberry - and a fourth library in Mountainburg is in the works.
White was the first director for the CCLS and was with the system for 13 years before retiring. She was hired by the Crawford County Library Board after their break from Ozark Regional Libraries.
White has worked in libraries since graduating high school, beginning at Arkansas Tech University as a part-time work study hire. After receiving her first master’s degree, she became a librarian at North Arkansas Community College for nine years.
When she received her second master’s, White became a public library director for the Northeast Arkansas Library System for more than a year before moving to Crawford County.
White is known for her collaboration with the community and organizations such as Friends of the Library.