The City of McAllen and McAllen Public Library are proud to celebrate McAllen Public Library Director, Kate P. Horan, for being featured in a prominent international publication, now available to the public. The book, World’s Leading National, Public, Monastery and Royal Library Directors, published by De Gruyter Publishers, showcases the world’s best librarians. Horan is one of only 28 librarians to be honored with a dedicated chapter.

There will be a book launch for the publication on Thursday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m. in the McAllen Public Library lobby, 4001 N. 23rd Street. Light refreshments will be served. “Kate is enthusiastic, innovative and devoted to her job. She is passionate about providing library services to children and youth and she is an asset to our community,” McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said. “It is a well-deserved recognition.”

“I'm blessed to be able to do what I love every day. I'm honored and proud to have McAllen Public Library in such prestigious company as the Vatican Library and the Library of Congress,” Horan said.

Horan, who has been at the helm of the MPL four years now, is highlighted in chapter 21 of the book written by Dr. Patrick Lo, Allan Cho and Dr. Dickson Chiu. Other prominent librarians in the book include David Mao, Deputy Librarian of the Library of Congress and Austrian National Library Director Dr. Johanna Rachinger to name a few.

Once a deserted Wal-Mart, the warehouse structure was repurposed into the country’s largest single-story public library. Since becoming director, the library has blossomed under Horan. In 2013, the library had 63,894 borrowers, and that number has now risen to more than 97,000 and about 2,100 visitors frequent the library daily. MPL has a collection that features 323,822 physical items; more than 10,000 e-books, and various online resources, as well. Horan says she hopes more people take advantage of the dynamic civic resource in their community.

For more information, please call (956) 681-3000.

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