Library Volunteers Testify
What do volunteers gain from being at the library? Friendship, experience, confidence.... We'll let a few of them speak for themselves.
"I HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING in Champaign Public Library for a year and enjoy every moment of it. I like to meet new people and make friends. The endless number of patrons, staff members, and volunteers that I interact with has significantly improved my social skills…. I also made a lot of friends here.
One of the best features about volunteering here is the work environment. The staff is very friendly, supportive, and full of energy. They inspire and motivate me a lot. They trained me really well and went above and beyond to teach me new skills and techniques. I also like the variety of tasks; there is no chance to get bored—every day there is something new and interesting to do!
Being surrounded by many books and dvds helps me to broaden my horizons. After work, I like to hang out and read some books, watch movies, or listen to music in the library.
To volunteer at this library is one of the best decisions I have ever made!
- Moonmoon C.
"WHEN I FIRST GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL for library sciences, I realized that I had little to no experience in libraries. So, I wanted to volunteer at one to gain experience.
My first choice was the Champaign Public Library, because it seemed like a great place to work and had a very professional yet friendly atmosphere. The staff I spoke to about volunteering were also very friendly and welcoming. Another plus was that applying to become a volunteer was much easier than other places, which made the whole process less intimidating.
After I became a volunteer, I learned a lot and found that I loved working in a public library. I would have regretted it deeply if I had passed by the opportunity to serve in the library in this way."
- Esther Y.
"CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY is a great place to start working when you first come to Champaign. A great bunch of warm and welcoming staff with lovely smiles is really the best part of all. I am glad to say that I made so many good friends here... I feel so comfortable here... It's a great opportunity to learn new things every day. It has been a year for me now, and I look forward to work much more here."
- Rini W.