Thanking our Libraries ACT volunteers for keeping the community connected

Released 28/11/2019

Dedicated volunteers from Libraries ACT will today be honoured for the range of services they provide to library branches in Canberra.

“There are more than 130 special people from the community that volunteer their time to enhance the services available,” Libraries ACT, Executive Branch Manager, Vanessa Little said.

“These include facilitating English conversation classes for people learning English as a second language. The classes are held in a friendly and informal environment, whilst also helping them to understand Australian culture.

“Our volunteers also assist in collecting and preserving the documents that record the lives of Canberrans at the ACT Heritage Library.”

Volunteers also assist as adult literacy tutors and meet with adult learners to help to build practical literacy skills and confidence.

Some volunteers give their time to the Book Roundabout in which they help assess and prepare discarded library items.

Libraries ACT’s biggest volunteer base is with the Home Library Service, designed for those who are aged, ill, physically unable to get about, or physically unable to handle print material. The Home Library Service aims to include people who might otherwise feel isolated, and volunteers help deliver library materials to them.

“Opportunities like today’s event are an important one to acknowledge and thank our volunteers. We have library volunteers with us today who have been advocates for the roles they perform since before 2005,” Ms Little said.

“Libraries ACT volunteers are dedicated and hardworking. I would like to thank all of them for their continued commitment in being with the Libraries ACT team.”

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