Monday, September 17, 2012

Volunteering at the Mayne Island #Library



I’ve been volunteering at the Mayne Island library for about ten years. I work at the front desk—where I sign books in and out; re-shelve books; help patrons find books; and etcetera—for two-hours once a month. It’s not a taxing position—as long as you remember all the little things you’re supposed to do.

This summer I took a break from the library to focus on writing my manuscript. Last week I returned to the library. I was apprehensive. Would I remember everything?

Walking in, I was overwhelmed by the number of books waiting to be processed.
What comes first? How do I do that again? Am I sure that’s how I’m supposed to do that? Doubts riddled my mind.

Thankfully I remembered the existence and location of a carefully compiled procedure manual. Glancing through it helped refresh my memory.

All these books… How can I sign them all in? How can I sign them all out? How can I shelve them all? I…I…

Thankfully, three fellow volunteers popped in to check on me. Finding me in need, they dove right in and made my shift run smoothly. You know who you are. And this is me saying Thank you.

So if you ever wanted to volunteer at the Mayne Island library go for it. It’s a friendly, supportive and fun place to work.
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Oh, yes and...
ArtCraft seasonal gallery on Salt Spring Island has closed for another year. And I'm on the ferry sailing over to collect my cheque and my knitting. Hopefully the first is large--the latter small.
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3 comments:

Laurie Buchanan said...

The Crystal Lake Library (Illinois, USA) is one of my favorite places. The librarians are amazingly courteous and always happy to lend a helping hand when I can’t find something. It’s held its position as one of the two top libraries in the United States for the past two years.

My hat is off to you for your volunteer work, Leanne.

Author Leanne Dyck said...

I hope to travel into the USA more often. And when I do I hope I'll be able to visit the Crystal Lake Library. Museums, librarians--I love the quite places.
The Mayne Island library is run entirely by volunteers. And it has an amazing view of the ocean.

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