My experience with the St. Thomas Public Library has been a very fulfilling one. I started a high-school co-op placement with the library in March 2011 beginning at the Curtis Street location through to the move to the Elgin Mall. It has given me an opportunity to see a lot of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the library that most people never have the opportunity to experience. I have had the chance to work with many different departments and have worked with almost all of the different people employed at the library.
While I have had many different jobs throughout my placement, there have been some that are standout as being a routine duty. Every day I provide an extra hand behind the circulation desk in caring for DVDs. While the ladies are buzzing around very busy with the morning setup, I help by cleaning and locking the DVDs that were returned the night before. (Locking the DVDs into their cases helps to prevent theft.) Once the locking is complete I then shelve the DVDs. Three times a week I attend the Story-time programs provided by the Children’s and Teens’ Department for children five and under. I provide an extra set of eyes and ears in watching over the children that attend the programs. A lot of the time I act as a door guard and keep “the runners” from escaping into the hall where they can get lost. Other than the two routine responsibilities, I have also helped out with different aspects and even been able to attend special charity events, such as the Elgin Volunteer Appreciation event.
I would really recommend the experience to anyone that is interested because it can open a lot of doors and give a lot of opportunities that you may not expect. Thank you St. Thomas Public Library for giving me this amazing opportunity!
– Kayley the Co-op Student