I’ve worked for the Vancouver Island Regional Library for 30 years and love so many aspects of my job. I really enjoy working with my colleagues and serving the public. I have a passion for helping people, especially those who struggle with reading. It’s so rewarding when I can find a book that will interest them and they enjoy reading so much they’ll be back for more. Reading is a wonderful gift.
Our library has a warm and inviting atmosphere. Being a public place we see all walks of life and everyone is welcome. People come here for more than just a good book to read, help with finding information or computer access. They will meet up with acquaintances and are comfortable to take the time for a visit.
Our community has a lot of senior residents and we are grateful to have the time to share our knowledge and advice. On the other hand, I performed story time for 9 years and had great joy welcoming the young ones to a memorable library experience. I’m enjoying the lasting friendships I’ve made over the years.
Library workers throughout the system are very unhappy with the way the employer is treating us. This is the first time in my 30 years while working with this library I’ve experienced such turmoil. I encourage the Library Board members to visit their local library branch and talk to the staff first hand.
The frontline staff are the heartbeat of this library system and would like to feel appreciated by our employer.