City of Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX
The Recreation Aide/Lifeguard will protect the lives of the City's patrons by sitting on the stand, scanning the water, observing patron's activities… City of Grand Prairie
I worked at City of Grand Prairie full-time
The coworkers are incredibly kind and friendly. Management was both strict and lax in the right ways, i.e. They made sure we didn't slack off too much by assigning non busy work when we looked bored. They also let us read/listen to music while we worked when it didn't interfere with the actual work. It was fun to help some people who would come in and ask for advice on how to make a resume or how to use Microsoft Word or whatnot.
General responsibilities are to alphabetize and return materials back to the stacks, help patrons find things in the library, assign computers to patrons, and checking things out. It's very easy but it can get very tedious. It was disheartening to see unemployed, lower income people come in and waste their entire day at the library using the free internet and computers looking at porn or other frivolous things instead of actively looking for a job. You may see parents berate their young children when they get late fees which is bewildering. Patrons will also berate you when they find out they have late fees and make a big fuss about it (especially those with very large outstanding balance) which will usually mean that management will either void half or all of the fees. This isn't fair to those with smaller fees. This job can make you hate people.
Advice to Management
Installing a program which could remind patrons by email or text to return their books would be helpful in ensuring a decrease in lost books and late fees for patrons. Return the program where patrons with late fees can bring in donations of food for shelters or for younger patrons to work off their debt by volunteering.