There are many exciting ways to volunteer for Libraries ACT. Here is how one of our amazing volunteers enhances the services provided by Libraries ACT.
Although born in Bendigo, I consider myself a Canberra boy. My family moved here in 1962—my father was the first newsreader for the then new TV station CTC 7—and I have not strayed since. In my first job after high school I was involved in promoting the ACT as a tourist designation, and almost 40 years later I retired after spending many years promoting the ACT Public Service as an accountable, effective and efficient public sector. I love our city and after marrying a beautiful local girl, have happily brought up a fine family here.
What to do as a retiree was never really a problem. I have been a volunteer Justice of the Peace for many years, and as President of the ACT JPs Association there were plenty of ways to keep busy. But I also knew there were many other ways I could ‘give something back to the community’ if I felt so inclined. I did, of course. For a start, I jumped at the opportunity to provide a regular JP service to the community at the Dickson Library. I found the staff there incredibly welcoming and enthusiastic, and after a chat or two found myself signing up to ‘Saturday Morning Stories and Singalong’. Would you like to lead our ‘Booktalking’ session, I was asked. Sure.
Volunteering is a genuinely life-affirming activity. For me, it is a chance to use my life skills and have some fun doing it. As a JP, I have touched many lives—yes, it’s only in a small way, but every little bit helps. As a library volunteer, I’ve had the chance to put my love of reading to good use; reading to children is great fun for a show-off like me, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to talk about books to other keen readers. I enjoy the chance to offer help where it is needed, the thankyou from my JP clients, the smiles on the kids’ faces, sharing the love of books. Mostly, I enjoy knowing that I have ‘done some good’.
If you’d like to become a volunteer, please get in touch. Your help as a volunteer could make a significant difference to someone’s life.