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On Nov. 4, Corey Bard began as the new director of libraries for Franklin County. He will take over the responsibility of running Eastpoint and Carrabelle locations.


He brings 13 years’ experience running libraries and 20 as an administrator. In 2000, he served as assistant operations manager for Quest Books at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, Illinois where he helped run a boutique publishing business that specialized in esoteric, comparative religions, health and healing, theosophy, and related transformative spiritual topics.


He earned a library technical assistant certificate from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and moved out of publishing and into the Theosophical Society’s Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library. From 2005 to 2008 he helped run the special library while attending Dominican University near Chicago. He completed his masters’ degree in library and information Science in 2008.


Bard moved to Gold Beach, Oregon and as director of Curry Public Library was the catalyst for replacing all the computers, technology, and adopting e-books by joining an online consortium to share resources. He worked to attract patrons to the library by offering innovative programming. Author talks, historical events, science, music nights, and summer reading programs for the children were possible by forming partnerships in the community with the chamber of commerce, Rotary Club, historical society, schools, hospital, local, county, and state government agencies. He owes much of the success to talented staff and Friends of the Library volunteers.


In 2011, Bard relocated to Ruidoso, New Mexico. Community involvement did not stop in the mountains. His experience creating 5k runs, walkathons for the food bank, bicycle rides in Oregon continued in New Mexico. The Ruidoso Public Library’s summer reading program one year was featured at the state annual conference. He chaired the Lincoln County Adult Literacy Program offering one on one free tutors to adults over 18 who tested below a sixth grade reading level. The groups’ services were offered at the library, the correctional center, a women’s shelter, The Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino and Resort, and helped people with basic literacy, math, computer skills, and life skills.


For over six years, summer music nights outside behind the library, traveling exhibits, art openings, business after hours events, How to Start a Business, Financial Planning, Civil War, civil rights, peace studies, caving, plants and animals of New Mexico, books on Mescalero Apache Indians, The Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, local and state History, plus local and state authors were featured at the Ruidoso Public Library.


Bard moved to Franklin County in October and hopes to connect with the Apalachicola, St. George Island, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, Lanark Village communities by providing professional services at the library. He knows inspiring the staff to offer great service, purchasing interesting items: books, audiobooks, DVDs and web e-content, keeping the computers running, managing the building and properties should keep him busy for years to come. Stop in and say hello to the new library director.


Corey Bard can be reached at coreyb@franklincountyflorida.com or by calling 670-8151.