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Bethany Librarian Daniel Fields Honored

What’s it like to have a television news crew show up at your place of employment and ask you for an interview?

If you’re Daniel Fields, librarian at the Bethany Library, and you’re being recognized for the good you do in your community, it’s humbling.

“During fall break week,” Fields said, “we were having Toddler Story and Play Time at the library when Kevin Ogle and a crew from KFOR surprised me. A library customer, Mary Stokes, nominated me for the ‘Pay It 4ward’ program because she said that I had helped her family a number of times at the library and this impressed her enough to recommend me. This was Mary's extraordinary way of saying thanks.”

Fields admitted that seeing that microphone coming toward him when he’d had no time to prepare for it was shocking.  He observed that everyone who comes to the library needs assistance with something, and “I feel that it is a privilege to be in a position to help them, which is what all library staff do every day at every one of our libraries.”

Along with the honor of the recognition comes a cash award, and Fields used the money to buy books to present as gifts to children who attend story time at the Bethany Library during the month of November.

 “I also wanted to do something to help beautify our library and community so I purchased an Oklahoma redbud tree which has now been planted at the southwest corner of the library, and 27 narcissus bulbs which will be planted near the library entrance.”

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The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.