Kerri Arbuthnot knew right away she liked her new job at Bruton Memorial Library.
"It's a good-size library," said Arbuthnot , the new computer services librarian, who started July 9. "The people seem really great, and the environment is fun."
Arbuthnot, who spent three years as a library aide at the Temple Terrace Public Library, is the third librarian hired in Plant City since October, joining Katherine Chang and Lisa Kreutter, who started July 2. All three have master's degrees in library science.
The same week Arbuthnot started, Chang switched from being the computer services librarian to the children's librarian. She came to the Bruton library in October.
She, too, is enjoying her job.
"Kids are so much fun to work with. They're so enthusiastic, and I love planning fun stuff to do with them," said Chang, who recently scheduled a magic show for the children.
Kreutter came to Plant City after working as a community contracts manager with Gulfstream Goodwill in the West Palm Beach area. Having worked for several libraries for nearly 10 years, she gave the nonprofit organization a shot.
But her true love lies among the rows of catalogued fiction, movies and historical texts.
"I'm passionate about libraries," said the adult services librarian, who also loves Plant City's "quaint" and historical atmosphere.
The new hires followed the retirements of longtime Plant City librarians Carol Lane and Gale Vaccaro, who left June 1.
"We're still getting people asking about Gale and asking about Carol, said library Director Anne Haywood. "They're going to miss them for a while."
Library patrons can expect the same great level of customer service from the new librarians, Haywood said.
"There's a little training lag time," she said. "Although they're trained librarians, the tools of the trade vary from place to place.
"I love their enthusiasm, and they bring new ideas to the library."