Read On! Staff training

Your Library staff just completed our second annual Staff Training Day. Each year, we take a day when we would normally be closed to the public to gather as a staff to learn, bond, and eat. 

Last year, learned about our online resources, played a modified version of “The Floor Is Lava,” and spent time sharpening our skills in our own areas. It was a really great start to this tradition and I’m glad we get to continue. 

This year, Kenny Cooper from the Fire Department came over to train the staff on CPR, how to use our new AED machine, and some basic first aid that we might need while working with the public. Then, Officers Dustin Van Horn and Matt Gilbert from Police Department joined us to talk about some safety issues we might encounter and shared information about some local resources that are available to anyone in need. 

We are so thankful for the opportunity to learn from these men. They were gracious, answered all our myriad questions, and are excellent teachers!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Library staff gathering without some shenanigans. This year, we teamed up for a scavenger hunt and made some difficult choices in a “friendly debate” game. The first thing we did, though, was determine our true Librarian names. I’ll share the formula with you (we’d love to hear what your names are!). 

Use the real first name of your favorite superhero or villain (so if you love Superman, your first name is Clark).

Your last name is a combination of an adjective that describes how you read and your favorite beverage. 

My true Librarian name is Barbara Slowlytea. (For Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, who by day is a librarian.) 

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to work with such an amazing staff and such great support from the other City departments. It makes coming to work every day feel like a gift.


  1. Erin Sikes Bruce says

    Barbara Watersquickly