On April 9, the Libraries Staff Progress and Relations Committe (SPARC) hosted its annual Staff Appreciation Party. Libraries staff, armed with goodies, trekked across the National Mall to the National Museum of American Indian’s Patron’s Lounge, which boasts amazing views of the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Botanic Garden. Amidst platters towering with breakfast goodies, lively conversations could be heard at each table. SPARC members assembled the perfect holiday centerpiece for the tables. After all, what can say “spring” better than a Peep?
Four staff members were recognized for their exceptional service to the Libraries: Freer/Sackler Librarian Kathryn Phillips won the Keystone Award, Administrative Officer Kathy Hill took home the Lifesaver Award, Sheila Riley from Catalog Management swept up the Heart of Gold Award and Sharon Layne from Preservation scored the Superwoman Award. All of these ladies were nominated by co-workers who realized their special dedication to the Libraries over the past year.
The Staff Appreciation Party was a wonderful time for staff to relax, get away from the office and get to know each other better. Thanks to SPARC for organizing this great event! —Liz O'Brien