By: Orville Tomlinson, Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar

The front of the library

The front of the library

On June 19, I began my volunteerism assignment at The Edith Belle Libby Memorial Library after weeks of searching for a suitable place. The library staff was very excited for the volunteer service for which they were going to receive. My intention was to work on their garden due to the fact that I never had much interest in library service and thought that it would be best for me to assist with maintenance work, but I soon learned that I could be even more useful than expected!

Operating on my own, arranging books using the Dewey Decimal System then packing in  alphabetical order.

Operating on my own, arranging books, using the Dewey Decimal System then packing in alphabetical order.

With my supervisor Sheila as she show me how to organize books using the Dewey  Decimal System.

With my supervisor Sheila as she shows me how to organize books using the Dewey Decimal System.

When doing volunteer service, it is always great to have people around who are passionate about what they do. The librarian and my supervisor Sheila is just the right person to be around in this situation. I have learned a lot from her so far. The atmosphere she creates makes me feel as if I am a member of staff.

For the three days I have volunteered and thus far it has been great. It’s a new experience for me, and knowing that I have never worked in a library before nor had never thought of doing so, this has been wonderful. With the type of work that has to be done and the patience in doing so, it is helping me to appreciate what I do and furthermore what others do in the name of service for their community.

Orville is a Work & Travel Ambassador Scholar working at Funtown Splashtown.