The Board of Directors of the Basehor Community Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachael Hissong as its new Library Director, effective July 15th.

Rachael joins us from the Paola Free (Public) Library in Paola, KS where she has been the director since 2021.  She holds an Emporia State University Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Leadership and Administration. Other previous experiences include Library Media Specialist with the Lawrence Public Schools and Director of the Oskaloosa Public Library in Oskaloosa, Ks.  Rachael brings extensive experience in volunteering for many civic and library organizations.


“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic and talented team at the Basehor Community Library! I am looking forward to connecting with the community and leading the library forward to provide top-notch services that reflect the library board’s vision and values in the thriving community of Basehor.”


— Rachael Hissong


Rachael currently resides just outside of Lawrence, KS with her husband and three children.  She grew up in Shawnee, KS and spent some time living in Kansas City, KS.


“Throughout this recruitment process, the board has worked hard to identify a candidate whose passion for libraries and their vital role in communities was evident.  With Rachael’s appointment, we feel we have found the right person to guide our excellent team toward the great future this library holds in our community.”


— Tom Brown, Chairman of the Basehor Community Library Board of Directors