Jonesboro library director resigns

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 7:02 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2021 at 3:04 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The director of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library is stepping down.

Brandi Hodges, the library’s public relations manager, said David Eckert submitted his resignation Thursday to take a position at another library.

In his letter to the CCJPL board members, Eckert stated:

I am resigning as library director to go into effect as of January 1st, 2022. Until recently, I have always enjoyed my employment at this library, and I hope that you feel during my time as director, the library has made a positive impact on the community with the building updates and outreach initiatives that we have enacted over the past several years. To those whom I have known for some time now, I appreciate the support and encouragement that you have always shown to me as well as the library staff. I will help in any way possible to make sure there is a smooth transition in library leadership.

David Eckert, Director of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library

On Friday, the library issued its official statement regarding Eckert’s decision:

David Eckert has served as Director of the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library for 8 years. He started working at the library in November of 2007 as Assistant Director. On Thursday, November 11th, he submitted his resignation. His last day will be December 31st. He has accepted a position as Director at a library out of state. We are sad to see him go but wish him the best of luck. We will have no further comment.

Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library Official Statement

The library has been involved in a debate in recent months over discussions involving children’s books.

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