Jessica Green works at the Shoalhaven Library - but that's only one reason why she loves it there.

I love my local library. I love its vast collection of books, cds, dvds, and magazines. I love the author visits, book club and internet training for seniors. I love storytime, rhymetime and school holiday activities. I love its online resources, ebooks and magazines. I love that it is a safe place that’s cool in the summer and warm in winter. I love the friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. I love the free wifi and public access pcs. Yes, I love my local library!

But, I forgot to mention that I am biased - I work there.

Ever since I was little, I wanted to work in a library. It’s the reading that does it - the love and passion people have for books is quite a unique and special thing, and it’s great being able to share books with lots of different people from all walks of life. That’s the awesome thing about working in a public library - so many people, so many books, so much to do. Believe me, you are never bored working in a public library.

I started out volunteering at the library while I was still at uni studying creative writing and English studies. Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door and get some much needed experience. As a volunteer, I started out shelving and processing books, but as I progressed, I was able to work on the circulation desk, help out with collection development and even run some activities for school kids during book week. This was where my love of working with children and young adults began.

When I started at Nowra Library, I was employed as a part time library assistant which meant working nights and Saturday shifts. We have many funny stories of things that happen in the library outside the hours of 9-5. Dogs, bikes and all manner of things in the library at any given moment! Two years later, I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to become the Children’s and Youth Services library assistant. In this role, I have managed to implement a regular program of activities and events for young people in the library including Rhymetime, Storytime, Book Clubs, Youth Week and much, much more. I have also created firm bonds with local families, as I have watched kids grow up through attending our programs. Getting to know the amazing families and kids is the best part of this job - hands down.

I’m not really sure what the future holds for myself or for public libraries but I do know one thing- there will never be a dull moment!

So, this library lovers day, drop into your local library and share the love!

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