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Farnsworth Library welcomes new director

5:37 PM, Mar. 5, 2013  |  Comments
Kristin Backhaus is the new library director at Farnsworth Public Library in Oconto.
Kristin Backhaus is the new library director at Farnsworth Public Library in Oconto.
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Oconto County Reporter

Kristin Backhaus began work Feb. 25 as the new library diector at Farnsworth Public Library in Oconto.

That gave her three days to pick the brain of her predecessor, Peg Murphy, whose last day was Feb. 27.

"I'm just trying to get situated and learn the ropes," Backhaus said about her first days on the job.

A native of the Manitowoc area, Murphy earned a business education degree from Lakeland College in Sheboygan.

While working at Manitowoc Public Library in various positions, she earned her masters of library science and information from UW-Milwaukee in December.

She left her most recent job as teen librarian at MPL to become head librarian at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution. But she left that post after just a few months to take the job in Oconto.

Backhaus said the staff at the library and the community were appealing, as was the history of the community and the library itself.

"That was one of the things that struck me first," she said. "It's a very unique building."

Library patrons are invited to greet Backhaus on their next visit

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