To start off, the stigma behind libraries is not true. They are places bustling with noise and activity. Aside from being able to smell the ‘new book’ smell, you can also smell a freshly brewed coffee from Scribes Café.
For the first few days I was learning the ropes and how to not get ‘checked in’ books mixed up with ‘non-checked’ in books. I spent a lot of my time over the week shelving, at the Customer Service Desk (CSD), ‘Ask Here Desk’ and in the chute room. I also processed new books and discovered that plastic adhesive hates me! I helped set up for the Teen Reading Group Cover2Cover (a big shout out to the totally awesome people in it!), and the Local History event ‘As Time Slides By.’ I also helped in Baby Bounce, Toddler Time and Storytime and I am still convinced that the little kids only liked me because I had Elmo!
Friday was a sad day as it was my last one! I shelved my last book (until I go through my own books at home!), worked on my blog post and had to say goodbye to the really fantastic, hardworking and extremely patient people who work here.
I really recommend doing your work experience here as you are always doing something and constantly learning. This is an awesome place to work; everyone is so friendly and willing to let me have a go. Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome from day one and I hope to see you all around in the library!
Written by: Nikita – Work Experience Student @ City of Tea Tree Gully Library