Library Volunteer – Gordon
Internet Training is a popular program in the Library which has Digital Hub Volunteers provide individual, hands on assistance to Library customers who are new to using computers and tablet devices and need to build their confidence. Gordon has been a Volunteer for nearly 3-years and shares some thoughts on his role as a Digital Hub Volunteer.
Why do you like volunteering at the Library? I get a kick out of seeing someone grasp a new concept or feeling a little less threatened by computers. Also, I like people to become computer literate so they will have some access to the world should they become ‘shut in’.
How has Volunteering changed your life?It’s replaced work, providing contact with people, as well as some discipline and job satisfaction. I enjoyed work and would not have retired had I been able to reduce hours. Now I do some sort of voluntary work three or four days a week and have time to spend on hobbies as well.
City of Tea Tree Gully Library is celebrating National Volunteers Week 13th-19th May 2013. We have over 140 volunteers in the Library, across 9 different programs. To all of our volunteers we say, ‘thanks a million.’
Library Volunteer – Daisy.
Storytime, is an active and vocal session aimed at pre-schoolers who enjoy themselves with a mixture of picture book story reading, singing much loved rhymes and craft activities. Early Learning Program Volunteers assist on this program by preparing the children’s area and craft activities ready for the young people and facilitating the session. Daisy is an Early Learning Volunteer and shares her thoughts.
What do you like about volunteering at the Library?
In my role as a Storytime Volunteer I get to meet and interact with other people and especially the children, which I love.
Do you have a memorable moment you would like to share?
Every Storytime session brings pleasure to see the ‘littlies’ faces light up as they listen to stories and sing their favourite songs. I love to see that!
What has volunteering brought to your life?
I am a widow, my daughter lives in Victoria and my son and his family (two of three grandchildren and a great grandchild) live in Mount Gambier, so volunteering fills this gap in my life and provides me with a chance to meet people of all ages, not just ‘oldies’ like me!
The Library is celebrating National Volunteers Week 13th-19th May 2013. We have over 140 volunteers in the Library, across 9 different programs. To all of our volunteers we say, ‘thanks a million.’
The Cities of Salisbury and Tea Tree Gully are seeking volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with young people to improve their literacy skills using a program called Multilit.
People who are passionate about literacy, have experience working with young people and are a good communicator would be suitable for this role.
The role will involve conducting at least three, one-hour, one-on-one sessions a week, at either Bagster Road Community Centre Salisbury or HIVE 12–Twenty Five Modbury.
All relevant training, such as Child Safe Environments and training in the Multilit model will be provided before commencement of the mentoring role on 23 July 2012.
Get your volunteer expression of interest in by Friday 8 June.
Volunteer expressions of interest, can be made at http://mybookingmanager.com/literacymentors.
For more information please contact Kate Walker on 8253 9928 or email@example.com
The Family History Volunteers have been counting down for the last couple of weeks but on Thursday the 9th of June (that’s D-Day+3 for those of us who are historically minded) the team cracked their 1000th customer for the 2010/11 financial year.
Tim Perkins of Para Hills was the lucky 1000th. Tim is a semi regular customer of the service and he was very pleased to receive his celebratory copies of Haystacks to Cul de Sacs and From Paddocks to Plaza!
Tim was introduced to us through a Family History Course put on by the Local History Service and his win was celebrated by the volunteers also.
While Tim was the winner, the volunteers did the hard work. A session with a Family History volunteer can often run for over an hour (conditions approving) which means that Local History tasks aside the Vollies here have achieved anywhere between 1000 and 5000 hours of successful service.
The Local History Service simply could not cope without them.
If you see Pam, Barbara, June, Helen, Lyn, Geoff or Faye please congratulate them on their milestone!
The Library’s Internet Training program and Basic Computer Skills for Beginners sessions have finished for 2010.
Both will recommence in February next year.
View the Library’s Internet Training webpage in January for details of the 2011 program.
A great big thankyou to our wonderful Basic Computer Skills volunteers who have used their vast experience, skills and patience to assist over 300 computer beginners this year!
Their hard work has really been appreciated by those they have assisted and by the staff of the Library.
(L-R): Geoff (Local History Volunteer), Pam (Local History Volunteer), David (Local History Officer), June (Local History Volunteer), Melaina (Librarian, Library Partnerships)
Did you know the City of Tea Tree Gully Library’s Local History Volunteers were recently recognised as finalists for the Heritage Heroes Award?
The Heritage Heroes Award is an annual award which celebrates South Australia’s heritage. It is open to volunteers working in a heritage field or organisation. The “One on One Family History Help,” project was nominated, which developed in 2009 in response to a growing interest in family history. It has gone from strength to strength over the past year with its popularity far exceeding initial expectations. Collectively the Local History Volunteers have donated 2,594 hours of their time and assisted more than 850 people during 2009 to 2010.
In addition, Melaina Tate, Librarian for Library Partnerships, here at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library recently gave a short presentation at last weeks Council meeting on the 14th September to celebrate the Heritage Heroes Award and acknowledge the time and dedication our Local History Volunteers share with the community.
The City of Tea Tree Gully Library simply could not achieve all the things we do without the support, hard work and ideas of our volunteers.
If you are interested in making a booking with our fabulous Local History Volunteers for One on One Family History Help please contact the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on (08) 8397 7444.
Bowman family tree
The Local History area has a dedicated group of five volunteers who freely give up three days a week to assist patrons with family history help.
Family history volunteers have put in over 2,366 hours in the past year.
That’s equivalent to over 1 year and 10 weeks of work, based on a 38 hour week. They have helped over 650 people from July 2009 to April 2010.
We have completed our longest family history query, the Bowman family, resulting in 294 names and a printed family tree of 35, A4 pages, stretching over 11.2 metres!
Come and see us for help with your family history.
The Local History volunteers are back on board after a restful Christmas break. You can see them in the Local History area, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 5:00pm.
They are keen to help you in your research and fulfill some of those family history New Year resolutions.
No questions are too tricky for this wonderful team!
Reading is so important as a life skill, not just a leisure activity. Literacy and numeracy skills are necessary to navigate your way through our complex world every day.
There are adults in our community who for various reasons do not have skills in reading, writing and basic maths.
You can read, but would you know how to help someone who can’t?
City of Tea Tree Gully is seeking expressions of interest for volunteer tutors to be trained in Adult Literacy Training. You would need to be available for two half days per week for four weeks beginning mid November, and then available to be a tutor for classes in 2010.
For more information or to give your expression of interest, please contact Benita on firstname.lastname@example.org