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Library's Core Values

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Library's Core Values

Core Values are defined as deeply held convictions, priorities, and assumptions that influence personal attitudes and behaviors. The Core Values of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library are principles that guides our organization's internal conduct as well as our relationship with the community of Calcasieu Parish. The values form the foundation of our work performance, and the strategies used to fulfill the mission of the Library.  


We recognize differences and provide impartial and non-judgmental access to all. We are responsive to community needs and we go the extra mile to deliver the best possible service.


We feel like family. The library is a safe and welcoming place that celebrates diversity and opens its doors to everyone. We support, trust, and empower each other and our communities, and we share, create, and preserve their stories.


We practice compassion and tolerance in our actions and attitudes. We listen with an open mind, and treat all patrons and staff fairly and sincerely.


We're open to innovative ideas and bold opportunities. We know what our community needs and we embrace change to meet their needs. As the library continually evolves, we welcome opportunities for professional and personal growth.


We share a strong sense of personal and moral values. We take responsibility for the stewardship of the materials, spaces, and resources with which we are entrusted. Patrons and staff can count on us to be honest, transparent, and keep our commitments. 


We work together, drawing on one another's strengths and going outside our comfort zones, to achieve common goals. We always make sure to share the load. We cooperate with one another, maintain open lines of communication, and rely on one another to lend a helping hand. 


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Speaking of core values, the Pierre's Praise award recognizes and honors employees who demonstrate the highest commitment to our Core Values of Ethics & Integrity, Community, Adaptability, Teamwork, Respect, and Service. 

  • If you believe an employee has performed in an exceptional manner through demonstration of a commitment to one or more of our Core Values, simply complete the nomination form below.
  • All Pierre's Praise Award winners receive a certificate and community recognition.
  • There is no limit to the number of Pierre's Praise nominations you can submit. An employee can be nominated more than once for any or all six Core Values.

Pierre's Praise for Excellent Customer Service