Who’s Awesome! – Nikki Esarey – February 2023


Congratulations, Nikki Esarey!

Nikki Esarey, the Palmyra lead circ associate is HCPL’s February Who’s Awesome! winner. Nikki was one of 16 nominations for the honor this month.

Carla Ward, who does adult programming and works at the Lanesville Branch, nominated Nikki saying, “Nikki is very helpful in setting up the community room for my card class. She always takes the time to make sure the room is set up right and exactly how I want it. She doesn’t have to go to all that trouble but she always does. I appreciate all she does for me.”

Nikki joined the HCPL staff in July of 2007 as a circulation clerk at Main and in October of 2007 she moved to the reference department. In April of 2008, she was made head of Reference. When the Palmyra Branch opened in 2010, Nikki was named the Palmyra lead circ associate where she excels at innovative, creative children’s programming and excellent customer service. Nikki is an artist who writes and illustrates her own children’s books. Cardinal Publishing will soon be releasing one, “Chicken and Moodles.”  She also makes puppets and puts on puppet shows, is a ventriloquist, creates elaborate escape rooms, leads step-by-step painting classes and more.

Nikki was also nominated this month by Sara Deatrick who said, “She proofs and catches minor mistakes on both adult and children’s handouts/calendars. She is phenomenal! I appreciate her taking the time to do this. My concentration (or lack there of nowadays) makes this a daunting task for me.” 

Each month a winner will be selected by random drawing. A quarterly winner and nominator will receive a small prize in addition to the recognition. 

Other staff members nominated in February were Tiffany Thieneman, Steven Schifcar, Melissa Schellenberger, Bob Olrich, Eden Ransdell, Alisa Burch, Diana Lasky, Savannah Wallace, Ann Allen, Jessica Stroud and Kathy Fisher.

Article by Alisa Burch, Director



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