Here at Xenia Community Library we employ assistance from the Xenia Police Division. Officers from the Xenia PD spend time guarding our library five to six days each week. You can find these officers engaging with staff and library patrons to truly make everyone feel like our library is a safe place to be as they attend programs, select books and DVDs to check out, etc. In October, our Xenia Police Division staff went the extra mile to describe several of their roles to patrons and a local Cub Scout troop in our community.
Xenia PD Officer Jackie Masur presented a program at our library titled D.A.R.E. To Resist Drugs and Violence in October. This program was designed to explain her role as the Xenia Community Schools D.A.R.E. officer. Officer Masur prepared a presentation that included example lessons she uses with her elementary students here in Xenia, to help demonstrate to parents what the D.A.R.E message embraces. Officer Masur also presented a slide show to attending parents that displayed pictures of herself with students in area classrooms and at this summer’s D.A.R.E. Camp.
Later in October, Xenia Police Division’s Captain Gary Johnson—who oversees patrol services—met with a local Cub Scout troop (Pack 155, Den 1) to help them earn their Webelos Build My Own Hero merit badge. As one of the merit badge requirements, the boys needed to discover what it means to be a hero and invite a local hero to meet with their den. Xenia’s very own Captain Johnson was selected by this Webelos den to talk with them about what his daily tasks are and what his Xenia PD patrol officers do in the Xenia community. Another requirement for this Webelos den’s Build My Own Hero merit badge was to recognize their hero by presenting that person with a “My Hero Award.” Since Xenia Community Library has a wonderful makerspace on our second floor, a Webelos scout decided that designing and laser-engraving a mug in Spark Place would be a great idea for Captain Johnson’s “My Hero Award.” With assistance from Xenia Community Library’s staff and Xenia PD officers, that mug turned out awesome! The lasered mug was the perfect award and a useful gift for their local hero.
The next time you see one of the Xenia PD officers in our library or out on patrol, don’t forget to thank them for all that they do in our community. Xenia Community Library’s staff is definitely thankful for all that our community partners do to make Xenia, Ohio, a destination to spend a fun day and an enjoyable place to live.