Creative Solutions During This Past Year
This March/April edition of the Employee Newsletter marks one year we are in the pandemic as well as celebrating, for the second year in a row, National Library Workers’ Day (April 7). As we know, this past year and this year have not been easy.
First, I want us to take a moment and to acknowledge and to celebrate our adaptability and on finding creative solutions during this past year.
Second, I want to acknowledge how very difficult both work and life challenges we faced and continue to face. We are fortunate to be able to turn to family, friends and co-workers during the most challenging of these times, sharing our feelings of frustration and upset. That said, it is important to not let the negative thoughts overwhelm us and take over. Rather, we need to do what we have been doing at TRL - focusing on what’s in our power to change, and my goodness, TRL has changed!
Research shows once we go through something difficult, we change and grow, we do not stay the same, nor do we go back to how we were. We have to do things differently – we have and we will continue to do so.
And we made it work, all thanks to you. Thank you for your continued efforts and resilience.
Thank you for keeping us connected, managing all the help desk tickets and keeping the technology flowing to our patrons. -Anonymous
Thank you for all the work behind the scenes! Our branches shine brighter with your finishing touches! – Anonymous
TRL Bilingual Staff
To everyone on the bilingual team, thank you for supporting our efforts to provide materials in español. The team rises to the need with little or no notice for translations.
¡Gracias! Katie L, Lupita L, Torey Y, Sean L, Holly P, Betsy S, Jenna A, Meghan M, Kären M, Peter B, and Susan F. -Creative Services
Meet our newest staff members
Hobbies: Automotive related stuff, outdoor activities
Education/Training: Graduated from R.A. Long high school, went through fire academy at Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue.
Favorite Music: Classic rock and country
Favorite Book: Train related books
Favorite Travel Spot: McMenamin's hotels
Favorite Restaurant: Ribeye
Favorite Quote: We're at now now - Space balls the movie
Fun Fact: Received a beginners rally driving certificate for rear wheel drive cars.
What do you like best about your job/TRL? Seems like fun/good atmosphere.
What inspired you to work in libraries? I have always been interested in building and fixing things.
Hobbies: My current hobbies include - working, sleeping, eating and occasionally some TV shows.
Education/Training: Some college
Favorite Music: Rock, Hip-hop
Favorite Book: Dune
Favorite Restaurant: Taco Bell
Favorite Quote: “I don’t know I just work here“
Fun Fact: It takes 8.3 seconds for the light from the Sun to reach the Earth.
What inspired you to work in libraries? I went to the library most weekends when I was a child.
Hobbies: Knitting/Crochet, Gardening, Reading, Listening to podcasts, and Hiking (or at least taking leisurely strolls in beautiful places)
Education/Training: I majored in Spanish many years ago and taught ESL for a while, but have spent most of the last decade and a half raising my kids.
Favorite Music: Broadway musicals
Favorite Book: There are too many great books to pick just one but my favorite thing I’ve read in the last year is the Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemison.
Favorite Travel Spot: Anywhere that’s not too hot
What do you like best about your job/TRL? Getting to spend all day in one of my favorite places.
What inspired you to work in libraries? Two of my greatest passions are education and community service. Libraries feel like a nice intersection of those two interests.
Hobbies: Reading aloud to my children, travel, and photography
Education/Training: Two year Library Technician degree from Spokane Falls Community College that is now a vintage 20 years old! The years between that education and this job have included travel around the world and raising 6 children, learning every day along the way.
Favorite music: Family music nights in the living room -- folk songs and hymns on guitar, recorder, and piano
Favorite travel spot: Ethiopia? Vietnam? Wales?
Favorite quote: "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
What inspired you to work in libraries? As a child, I remember climbing up the steps of the bookmobile and being allowed to bring home a bushel basket of books. My mother read aloud to us every night, even into our teenage years, and pursuing work in a library seemed a natural next step in my education. I didn't end up using that library degree until this year, but in the many years between, I, too, introduced my children to the joy of reading and the gift of connection to our community library. It's a delight to be raising readers and to be involved in my community in this way.
Hobbies: Reading, baking, walking, talking ☺
Education/Training: BA in Education (formerly an elementary special ed teacher)
Favorite Book: When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
Favorite Travel Spot: Road trips in the US
Favorite Restaurant: Depends on the day…Panera, Chipotle, Wild Man (in Raymond)
Fun Fact: As a child, I played school, restaurant and library with my sisters. Getting hired as a sub for TRL fulfills actually working in all of those!
What do you like best about your job/TRL? It’s great being surrounded by books and meeting others from the community.
What inspired you to work in libraries? I like helping. Working as a substitute librarian seemed like a good way to be helpful. The South Bend librarians make it look like a fun thing to do.
Hobbies: Gardening, Cycling, Knitting and watching my cat do weird stuff
Favorite Music: Celtic Folk
Favorite Book: Pick just one? really? I've read the Lord of the Rings trilogy four times. I guess that must count for something...
Favorite Travel Spot: Victoria BC. …. or Greece, if I ever get there.
Favorite Restaurant: Fulio’s in Astoria.
Fun Fact: I’m a Mets fan. I can’t help it. I’m sorry.
What do you like best about your job/TRL? My coworkers are wonderful!
What inspired you to work in libraries? ... a chance encounter with a bookmobile at age 10