This week we are joining in the celebration of National Volunteer Week with many organisations across Australia to thank those who have given so much to YPRL and our local community.
Introducing... Elaine Moore, a volunteer with Whittlesea Library. Elaine was interviewed by our Community Coordinator at Whittlesea Library, Marie McMahon, who also shares some insight into Elaine’s contributions to YPRL.
Name: Elaine MooreLocal Library & Place of Volunteering: Whittlesea Library
Volunteer Position: Genealogy Tutor
Time Volunteering with YPRL: 4 Years
What motivated you to volunteer with YPRL?
I have been a long time volunteer with U3A (University of the Third Age). I wanted to share my knowledge with the local Whittlesea community when the library opened in 2015.
What makes your volunteer experience with YPRL a meaningful use of your time?
I love sharing my knowledge and passion for family history. I get so much pleasure out of helping others learn more about their family history in the Whittlesea area.
What is the biggest personal benefit you get from volunteering with YPRL?
A good sense of community.
What is the most memorable accomplishment of your volunteer experience with YPRL?
I was lucky enough to connect a senior lady to a family she never knew she had. (How amazing!)
Libraries have changed so much since throughout the decades. Why are libraries so important for the local community today?
Libraries have changed so much. When I was young, you had to be quiet in the library or you would get a dirty look! Nowadays, its much more family friendly. It’s not just about reading and borrowing books in the library, there are many other engaging activities and programs that take place. I think it definitely has changed for the better.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to get involved in the community?
Volunteering is very rewarding not only for yourself, but also for those who are on the receiving end of your efforts. You learn to understand people who are different than you and develop the valuable skills of tolerance and patience while working with library patrons.
Public Libraries Victoria in partnership with the State Library Victoria are currently running a campaign called ‘Libraries Change Lives’. Can you think of any way (as a volunteer or public patron) that the library has changed your life?
I have been very committed to my family as a daughter, mother and grandmother over the years. When I started volunteering to help other people, I really felt like it provided the perfect opportunity to take time for myself doing something I love. Volunteering with the library has allowed me to expand my social network, develop friendships, and contribute to the local community.
From Marie, Community Coordinator, Whittlesea Library:
What is the most significant contribution or accomplishment Elaine has made to YPRL in her time with us?
Elaine has volunteered at Whittlesea Library helping with genealogy for 4 years. She still volunteers with the U3A out of Mill Park Library, a position she has held for 15 years. Her knowledge of history is an outstanding service and offering to all Whittlesea Library patrons who are in search of assistance with Genealogy.
What qualities and attributes make this volunteer a great fit for YPRL?
Elaine is a very dedicated, generous and knowledgeable volunteer, who gives her time weekly to share her passion with the community.
Want to Learn More About Genealogy?
Are you interested in learning more about your own genealogy? Join Elaine at Whittlesea library or signup with a staff member at Diamond Valley library to dive in!
Make a booking to see Elaine for Genealogy Tutoring at Whittlesea Library here.
Attend ‘Starting Your Family History’ at Diamond Valley library by signing up here.
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After the previous post, our genealogy expert Elaine dropped by and humored our #genealogyselfie request! She's also shown here using one of our in-branch resources - Ancestry.com. Check our website for many other exciting digital subscriptions and resources. #selfie #libraryselfie #whittlesealibrary #genealogy #libraryopens a new window
Interested in Volunteering?
Please visit our ‘Volunteering With YPRL’ page and keep your eyes open for upcoming volunteer opportunities with the library. You can also visit our 'Volunteering in the Community' or read our blog post we published for National Volunteer Week about getting involved.
Contact Sarah Howe, Volunteers Coordinator at 9088 3441 for more information.
Visit our 'Volunteering in the Community' page for access to local volunteering opportunities,
We are featuring YPRL volunteers and sharing information about volunteering in your local community to celebrate National Volunteer Week this week. Follow along with us! #NVW2019