Library Announces Employees Of The Year

by Shellie Lister, PR Librarian

Library Director Kelly LaRocca recently announced the library's Employees of the Year! The honor went to Benny Bruce, Lorrie LaCroix, Wendi Daniels and Hilari Melerine. The Employee of the Year Awards are special because recipients are nominated by their co-workers.

Benny Bruce received the Full-time Employee of the Year Award. Benny has worked at the library for more than 12 years. As Media Production Specialist, he works diligently to document and share all of the wonderful things that go on in our library's twelve branches. Nominations noted that Benny works "tirelessly juggling many responsibilities" and always creates "top notch work" in a role that requires travel across the parish and a great deal of flexibility.

Rookie of the Year Lorrie LaCroix began working at the Madisonville Branch in 2018. Her co-workers noted that she is very dedicated to her job with a willingness to "jump right in" when a special project is required. Another nomination noted that Lorrie always greets the new day with a cheerful smile. Lorrie noted, "I really enjoy all aspects of my job; I wake up excited to go to work." This positive attitude explains why one of her co-workers call her "a dependable, dedicated and eager learner."

Wendi Daniels of the South Slidell Branch was named Part-time Employee of the Year. She has worked for the library for three and a half years. Wendi was nominated because she is "the epitome of professionalism and helpfulness" and is "a dedicated employee and an overall wonderful woman to work with." When asked about her award, Wendi stated, "I am both excited and honored to win my award and feel that I couldn't have done it without the teamwork and guidance of my co-workers."

Librarian of the Year, Hilari Melerine, is the South Slidell Branch Manager. Hilari has worked for the library for more than eleven years. She served as Teen Librarian and the Branch Manager of both the Madisonville and Covington Branches, before making the move to South Slidell. Nominations noted that Hilari is "amazing to work with" and that the South Slidell Branch has "flourished under her management." Hilari noted, "I love working here and I will continue to do my best for the library system."

Congratulations to Benny, Lorrie, Wendi and Hilari! We are so happy for you!

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