My Experience Volunteering at the Library
Hello Erixaart family! I wanted to write a short & sweet blog post about my experience volunteering at Himmel Park Library. Hopefully I can share knowledge and maybe spark someone else's interest in volunteering.
I wanted to include this in my website because this is something that is very much a part of my business being that it is a part of me. We all know businesses reflect their owners in some way!
I've organized this blog post into question/answer form for organizational purposes. Happy reading!
Q: What volunteer work were you doing? A: This was a summer reading program for the kids at the library. The theme was "Universe of Stories". My job was to inform parents about the reading program and to encourage kids to participate. I was at a table with various game activities, informative pamphlets, free children's books, and prizes to reward the kids whenever necessary.
Q: What was the reading program? A: It was a program specifically meant to encourage kids to keep learning/reading throughout the summer. They were given a tracker, some stickers, and a bookmark. The tracker looked like a map and every time they completed 20 minutes of reading they got to add a sticker to one of the spaces. This got them closer to the end which meant prizes and a certificate.
Q: How long did you volunteer for? A: I volunteered for 14 hours and 50 minutes in a 2 month time period.
Q: Did you have to wear a uniform? A: No, they just requested us to look appropriate being that we were around kids and representing the library. All of the volunteers got free shirts too with the program title "Universe of Stories" in the front. I wore that shirt most of the time (when I remembered to wash it lol).
Q: How many other people volunteered? A: I would say there was about 10 in total. Each of us had a shift and a partner. I started out with a partner in the beginning of the program but midway through, ended up by myself.
Q: What was it like be volunteering by yourself? A: It was super nice actually. I brought the book "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John C. Maxwell to each of my shifts. By this time, it was starting to get less busy and I had more time to read. I noticed by the end of each of my shifts, I felt so motivated and carefree!
Q: Was it worth it? A: Definitely. Even though I started with the intention of receiving nothing in return, I STILL got a little surprise at the end:
- I got the experience of working with kids
- I learned that children should read at least 20 minutes a day and that they should pick their books out themselves (even if it isn't their reading level)
- I improved my speaking skills
- I exorcised my punctuality
- I got my first library card
- Met new people
- Met people interested in art
- Got the satisfaction of helping my community
- Took time to read
- Learned about the library opportunities and services
Here is the link if you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Himmel Park Library: https://www.library.pima.gov/faqs/volunteer/?_ga=2.142593520.37845237.1564775571-1246504224.1564775571
Feel free to ask more questions or how to participate in the next summer reading program!
Thanks for reading!