Asheboro Public Library
Nikki Hale – Summer Library Assistant
When Nikki Hale began her work experience with the Asheboro Public Library as a Library Assistant on June 29, 2016, she was extremely nervous. Nikki has worked other positions, but felt this one had the most responsibilities and expectations of any she’s worked. She obtained her Adult High School Diploma in 2015, and has been researching various careers to see what the best fit is for her. She has met with several advisors in different programs and has decided that she wants her career to be in working with the public and helping people. Nikki set many goals for herself at the beginning of this work opportunity. During her work experience with the Library, Nikki has come to the conclusion that she wants to obtain a Certification or Degree in Library Sciences. She has spoken with several staff members at the library who are helping her develop a plan as to how to get started and begin this new journey. Another main goal was to gain experience that will assist her with future employment opportunities. Nikki was pleased to say that she has learned valuable skills during this experience and has thoroughly enjoyed assisting customers within the library as well as with the special events offered through the library involving children in the community.
“Working with the NCWorks and Building Futures Youth programs over the past few years has been an incredible treasure and a wonderful resource for the library. Summer is a very busy time for us and we can always use the extra help, especially when the summer workers are as excited and dedicated as the ones we’ve worked with. The program has given us the opportunity to expand our children’s programming, knowing that we have the summer worker to help out.
This year, Nikki has been fantastic! From day one, she fit right into our library family. She’s shown initiative and the desire to do the best job possible. She’s spent time in two different departments and has had the chance to interact with almost all of the staff and a large part of the Asheboro community. It’s obvious that she loves working here and has been very happy learning the library ropes and being very helpful to the patrons.
We wish the program could be expanded so we could get more than one each summer!”
~George Taylor, Assistant Director, Asheboro Public Library~