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Neva Bahruth keeps library’s legacy alive

When residents Mickey and Bob McClure took over our community’s library, it was disorganized and unwelcoming. Pouring themselves into the project, the McClures quickly turned the library into a place where residents could not only find what they were looking for but enjoy spending time there.

The McClures ran the library for several years and when Mickey passed away, her close friend, Neva Bahruth, was asked to take the reins.

“They just threw me into the wind, and so I just followed the way Mickey had started it,” said Neva.

Four years later, Neva is still following the lead of the McClures to ensure that their hard work lives on and continues to benefit current and future residents.

“(Mickey and Bob) were responsible for modernizing the library here at the Presbyterian Manor, and they did a wonderful job. I’m interested in keeping it that way,” said Neva.

Neva works in the library almost every day organizing materials, checking out books and discarding selections no longer needed, but she insists that her work isn’t very time consuming.

A resident since 2002, Neva’s responsibilities in the library is just a simple way she gives back to the place she’s happy to call home.

“I enjoy living here very much,” said Neva. “I feel safe and secure and have a loving relationship with the employees … I have a lot of real good friends in here.”

However, when asked what she likes most about living in the community, Neva was stumped.

“I like everything,” said Neva. “I think Ark City has a hidden jewel and they don’t know it.”

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