Mid-Continent Public Library

Vida Peers Interview - 5/31/15

Vida Peers worked at Mid-Continent Public Library Headquarters from 1960-1977. She is now retired. This interview was recorded at the MCPL Family Reunion by Graham Fox (Assistant Manager of the Blue Ridge location) on Sunday May 31, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium on the 50 year history of the library system.

Chris Eaton - 05/02/2015

Chris Eaton had been a teacher for 30 years before retiring. She went to SW Missouri State for Education, and was married in 1976. She taught in Buffalo from 1975-1977 and taught 3rd grade in the Liberty area for 28 years at Platte County R-3.She emerged from her retirement in 2007 to become a page at the Liberty Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library. From there she had the chance to become a Substitute Clerk. Her favorite job is being with people and challenging herself. She takes great pride in connecting with people and making their day better.

Teresa Leggard - 05/02/2015

Teresa Leggard started writing poetry in high school and began to write short stories shortly thereafter. She was an English major in college, then applied for a writer position at Hallmark. Teresa got an editorial job there and also pursued an MFA at UMKC. While at UMKC, Teresa connected with play writing in a powerful way. She has had her work produced at the Fringe Festival and at DC.

Cody Croan - 05/02/2015

Cody grew up in the Parkville, MO area and went to school in the Park Hill School District. He works with the Mid-Continent Public Library as the Woodneath Press Manager. He has a Bachelors Degree in English Writing from Park University and is currently in the Masters of Library Science program at the University of Missouri.

Hollie Westring - 05/02/2015

Hollie Westring spent her childhood in southern Illinois, attending high school in Hale, Mo. She later received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Central Missouri. She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri and has gone on to become a successful author and freelance editor. She enjoys baking and exploring historical locations around the mid-west.

Susan Hiland- 05/02/2015

Susan Hiland went to Oak Park High School. A love of storytelling in high school led to theatre, announcements, broadcasting, and journalism. She grew up in an age when the storytelling methods and technology were very different from what is prevalent now. Social media has been a game changer in journalism, allowing quicker response times. A web department is a four-person operation whereas ten years ago- completely unexpected. Now exclusivity of reality is the new reality. Susan Hiland went to Missouri State and got a radio internship at a station in Springfield.