Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Library Limelight: Dave Safstrom, Facilities Technician, Library Headquarters

Library Limelight is intended to be a quick read to help FCPL patrons get to know our librarians and staff.  We hope you enjoy learning about the people who make our libraries great!

David Safstrom
Facilities Technician
Headquarters (HQ)

Where is your hometown?
I was born in Hallelujah Junction, California in the back seat of a 1952 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight. I spent most of my growing up years in the western suburbs of Chicago, but did my last year of high school in Doraville, Georgia.
How long have you been at FCPL?
9 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
Collection Support Aide (CSA)
Why did you choose to work in a library?
Initially I wanted a nice part time job and heard from my wife that the Forsyth County Public Library was a good place to work, and it still is. 
Describe your job in five words or less.
Electrified, Moving, Fasten-ating, Fluid, Cool
Or: Do this, do that, whatever
What is unique about your job?
In our library system I have the privilege to visit each of our locations and provide support to our library team in a diverse array of opportunities; facilities maintenance is number one, but I get to help in many ways only limited by the imagination of the library team.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Working with a great group of people is number one, but I also enjoy the variety of things I get to do.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
I enjoyed living in the beautiful and fragrant Pacific Northwest. But the most interesting place was the Monterey Peninsula in California. There is such a variety of things to see and do there. The quaintness of Carmel by the Sea and Pacific Grove; the beauty of the ocean views along Route 1 through Big Sur; the agricultural workings in the Salinas Valley; and of course the drive through Pebble Beach.
What are your hobbies?
If working around the house can be considered a hobby, then that would be it.
What are you reading right now?
Lee Child’s series featuring Jack Reacher
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
Paper; never had a battery go dead on one yet!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you to all of our employees, volunteers, and patrons for helping to keep our libraries vibrant, working, and relevant for our community!