Take a Gamble on Your Staff, The House Always Wins

Providing opportunities for staff to utilize their talents, engage with the community and take part in learning opportunities, will ultimately create satisfied and valued staff. The feeling of being part of fulfilling the important mission of service to the community brings the passion which results in improved quality of services.


Leadership and Professional Development


Karen Garcia, Palm Springs Public Library

Karen Garcia was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is now pursuing her MLIS from the University of South Florida. Karen has worked for the Palm Springs Public Library since 2012 where she provides customer service for all ages. She also conducts Bilingual Preschool Storytime, does community outreach, and coordinates all Spanish language programs such as a monthly Book Discussion, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Poetry Festivals. She has presented at FLA, SEFLIN Conferences and PBCLA (Palm Beach County Library Association) Quarterly meetings. Karen published a Spanish poetry book in July 2017. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband and 3 daughters.

Suvi Katriina Manner, Palm Springs Public Library

American Finnish Educator and Librarian for over twenty years in Palm Beach County with the goal of making the community better through cultural engagement and volunteerism. She presented at SEFLIN Annual Conference 2017 “Community Building in Progress” and "Programming and Outreach ideas: re-imaging the Library as a Cultural Hub" at FLA Conference 2014. She was the speaker for Friends and Foundations Luncheon at FLA Conference 2013 on Library Advocacy; and provided the vision for the “Cultural Tapestry Series” at Palm Springs Public Library that began in 2016. She served on the Branch Manager Training, Multicultural and Adult Programming Committees while at Palm Beach County Library System and has been a speaker/presenter and facilitator for many library programs during the past 12 years to all different types of audiences. She is an active member of FLA Outreach and Programming Member Group since 2007.

Rebekah Stewart, Palm Springs Public Library

Rebekah Stewart is the Children’s Librarian at the Palm Springs Public Library who believes the library is an institution of education that can travel across the community touching all ages, literacy backgrounds, and cultures. She conducts a bilingual story time that enriches not only children, but also empowers caregivers through storytelling, inquiry, rhythm and play. Through outreach, local events, and workshops, she reaches a broad demographic. She has participated in presentations at the SEFLIN Regional Conference in 2017 and 2018, and in a poster session at FLA in 2017, discussing the roles of libraries in the community. She possesses a MLIS from the University of Alabama. Prior to her library career she taught art, ESL for adults, and tutored math.



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