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The Tyndall Team Library has all kinds of different genres to help Airmen and families get immersed in reading, with Emily Copeland leading the way.

A native of Evansville, Indiana, Copeland earned a doctorate in medieval studies. After graduating, she held various jobs for a year, during which time she decided she wanted a change. Her family had vacationed in Mexico Beach, Florida when she was young, so she decided to move to Panama City, Florida.

In October 2017, Copeland was hired at Tyndall Library and she found she enjoyed the challenge.

“Since I was educated in college and not specifically in the library, I kind of fumbled in a system,” said Copeland, a library technician with the 325th Force Support Squadron. “I learned through teaching and experience. This has been a good thing in many ways, because it [gave] me this “alien” point of view.

Copeland now leads a dedicated staff of three serving the Tyndall Team Library.

“In my position, I wear several hats: programming, acquisitions, cataloging, director; I do all that [here at Tyndall]”, Copeland said. “[I] balancing my time between these different roles to make sure everything is done. This flexibility is important.

One of Copeland’s main tasks is to order inventory each month for the development of the library’s collection. It focuses on fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, movies, young adult books, and children’s books. making sure it has a good balance of genres, including historical fiction, thriller, fantasy, science fiction. She also oversees purchases of video games, graphic novels and interactive games and crafts, which she has delegated to her fellow team members who have a more personal interest in these areas.

Copeland also leads the library’s Board Game Night initiative; something she implemented at Tyndall.

“We have…a very good variety of games of all kinds; social deduction games, card games, co-op games, story-adventure games, all the classics, stuff for the family,” Copeland said. “What I really like is that board games are a really good medium for a social event on base because… there can be some awkwardness if you’re just talking, while the board games are good icebreakers. It’s easier to make those connections and find people with similar interests. It’s a great way to bring people together. »

The event takes place every two months, always on the last Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Horizons Community Activity Center in Oasis. The next event is scheduled for August 26.

“I think…it’s really important to provide that opportunity to socialize and get together outside of your work center,” Copeland said. “We can get bogged down in coming to work and not really appreciating all the great people we have. [around us.]”

Aside from Board Game Night, Copeland particularly enjoys helping people who visit the library.

“We have, absolutely, the best customers in the business here,” Copeland said. “We are really here to support the mission. We’re here to make things smoother for people, to make things more enjoyable. We have been very fortunate to have people who have been here a long time and who are extremely dedicated and go above and beyond the call of their job description.

The Tyndall Library is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on the second floor of the Base Support Center, Bldg. 662. They can be reached at 850-283-2325 or [email protected] For more information on current events and new releases, visit www.facebook.com/tyndalllibrary.


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