Ashleigh is a Year 10 student at a local Gippsland high school. She participated in work experience at Myli – My Community Library in June 2022.
I reached out to the library team to do my work experience as I have always had a passion for books, which were a huge part of my childhood. What better way to have my first work experience in an environment that not only provides resources I know and grew up with but also the possibility to put myself in the shoes of an innovative and creative thinker. The library is a sanctuary where you can escape the stress of everyday life, the comfort and setting of this environment is why I continue to return. The endless possibilities and worlds authors have created is fascinating to dive into and easily accessible.
From a young age and even now, my time is largely consumed reading books, an opportunity to escape reality, a freedom the internet could never offer. The connections and possibilities of immersing in another world, is just a small part of what the library presents. The carefully organised events, ensuring everyone is permitted the chance to begin friendships and interactions with new people and books, is carefully crafted for the welfare of the community.
During my time with Myli, I participated in Baby Rhyme-Time, assisted in the sorting of books and the cleaning of some equipment to assure a safe working space. I also accompanied the Marketing team for a day and learnt about their fundamental responsibilities. Throughout the week, I visited some of the library branches, including Inverloch, Korumburra, Wonthaggi, and the Mobile library.
The library has opened my eyes to all the work and people behind the scenes, who play a vital role in the services that many take for granted. I honestly didn’t realise how much work is required and being involved this past week has proved the dedication and passion that is essential, as well as the enjoyment and benefits the job rewards. Every person I have met, has admitted, that there is nowhere else they would rather be, serving and fulfilling the communities’ needs is the goal. To be a part of the library’s own community this week has been an honour and experience I will never forget.