Since I have begun volunteering at the Lexington Public Library, I have met many vibrant, young individuals and I have had the chance to actually get to know some of them. It is possible for me to become familiar with the personalities of some of the kids because of how often they are there. The same children attend the homework help program at the library each day, which makes it easy to recognize their faces and remember their names after only a couple days of volunteering. Of course, this also means that the children are all friends and hangout and play at the library together. The library staff and other volunteers have also become familiar to me, as the same volunteers are always there to help. I can tell that the volunteers that have been there for a long time have developed real relationships with the children. The volunteers are seen by the children as someone they can look up to, learn from, and even play with when their work is done for the day. All of this creates a warm and friendly atmosphere at the library. Somehow there is an understanding among everyone there that even an outsider, like me on my first day there, can recognize. The Lexington Public Library really does feel like a little community.
|children and volunteers interacting at a library|
I want to be a part of the community at the library. For this reason, I try hard to get to know the students that I work with. I want to make the children comfortable with me and I hope that they have fun and learn when I am helping them. The first person I ever helped at the library was a funny, bubbly, and sweet girl. I helped her to complete her math homework and showed her easier, faster methods to use for that particular kind of math. While we were working, we were also able to make conversation, joke around, and have fun. Later in the afternoon, after we had finished her work and I had already helped several other students, she came back to me and asked me to play a game with her and her friends. It made me really happy to know that she enjoyed our previous interactions enough to ask me to play a game with her. This is just one example of a child that I was able to get to know just by helping them with their homework. Volunteering at the Lexington Public Library has been a great experience so far.