Friday, April 30, 2010
What are the secrets to being a good youth worker?
Well, I could tell you, but then I would have to kill you it’s the Youth Worker Code, kind of like a Ninja... But seriously, listening to young people, showing respect and a genuine interest in the types of issues faced by young people all help in being a good youth worker. We’re not convinced, tell us more Patience and some empathy are also pretty useful at times too!
How can you help young people using the LMG?
I can help with basic stuff, such as finding resources and using the library space and equipment. I am also really keen to help develop the services for young people here at the LMG. I want young people to put forward ideas to make the LMG even more useful and engaging for them, and look forward to hearing feedback and suggestions I’m always happy to chat and ready to listen.
What do young people have to look forward to over the next few months?
The team and I are currently planning a series of events and support sessions for the HSC, including subject lectures, dedicated study spaces for HSC students and skills sessions to help you stress less at exam time. We are also gearing up to start offering writing workshops and plenty of other fun, creative projects. Again, we want these to be the best programs they can be - input from young people is vital. We want to hear from you!
What’s one piece of advice you’d share with a young person?
Do the best you can, try not to stress too much, treat people how you would wish to be treated and you’ll be fine! Stuart is currently roaming the library floor in search of young people to assist and chat to. If you see him, say ‘hi’.
Tell us a little about yourself
I was a recent arrival to Australia, and by profession I am a software engineer. I hoped to start a new career in Australia. I live in the St George area and enjoy the cultural diversity here.
What made you want to volunteer at the LMG?
Hurstville City Library is one of the busiest libraries in the St George area. It is not only equipped with a huge number of public computers but also provides many services to the community. Being a resident nearby, I’ve always wanted to contribute to the community and learn to work in a multicultural environment like the library, especially in the IT area. I was lucky to be introduced by St George and Sutherland Community College and in a short time had the opportunity to volunteer in the library.
What skills make a good volunteer?
A good volunteer should perform tasks with dedication and respect. Meeting the needs of LMG customers is so important. Volunteers need to be ethical, honest and well meaning when dealing with customers. What do you enjoy most about volunteering? Volunteering is one way to participate in the local community and to gain work experience. The thing I enjoyed most was the knowledge and skills learnt from the library staff. Library staff are helpful, patient and always willing to share their knowledge. Also, I’ve greatly improved my communication skills since I joined up as a volunteer.
What advice would you give anyone interested in volunteering?
Always be willing to learn and ask for guidance from the staff, and be ready to provide assistance to the staff at any time when required. Always share the knowledge you have with others.
NOTE: JP was recently appointed the Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery’s new Intranet/IT Facilitator. Congratulations, JP! To volunteer at Hurstville City Library Museum & Gallery, go to: http://lmg.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Become-a-volunteer.html
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- Elders with Andrew Denton series 1 and series 2
- Battlefield Mysteries - four part series containing war footage that uncovers the truth behind histories most significant battles.
- Grand Designs - the complete series 1, 2 and 3
- Inside the Vatican -a two-part documentary looking at everday life inside the Vatican
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Great news, look what has just arrived at the Library get in early and make your reservations.
Jodi Picoult - House rules
Lee child - 61 Hours
Danielle Steel - Big Girl
Andy McNab - Drop Zone
Linda Fairstein - Hell Gate
Mary Higgins Clark -The shadow of your smile
Mystery Suspense Fiction
Karen Robards - Shattered
Romantic Suspense Fiction
For all these titles and many more please check Library Website.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Join Jake Ribarovski as he DJs at Hurzi Mix - an under 18s dance party. The event, run by Hurstville City Council, is part of celebrations for Youth Week 2010. Full details are avaialble via the Council website. Meanwhile, check out a video of Jake in action.
Source: St George & Sutherland Shire Leader
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Updated: 19/04/10 Survey closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Here at Hurstville Library, Museum and Gallery we like to know what our customers think about us. We also like to know what new things you are interested in so we can better prepare and deliever services to you.
So here is an opportunity to help shape the future of your Library, Museum and Gallery's online services. Click here to take our survey. This small survey is anonymous, easy and open to both member and non-members of the Library, Museum and Gallery. So tell us what you think today, we are listening.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Wild Goose Chase: a Quilting Mystery by Terri Thayer A computer techie by trade, Dewey Pellicano would rather swallow needles than be pinned down to a life of quilting. But when her mother passes away, Dewey must learn the quilting business as the new proprietor of Quilter Paradiso. During a national quilt show, quilting celebrity Claire Armstrong offers to buy the shop, but before Dewey can accept, she finds the famous quilter lying dead on the floor.
The Secret River by Kate Grenville Winner of the Orange prize for fiction. Following a childhood marked by poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. He arrives with his wife and children to the harsh land of the infant Sydney town. Among the convicts, the word is that lush land can be claimed by the Hawkesbury River and as Thornhill and family stake their land, battle lines between old and new settlers are drawn.
A Good Woman by Danielle Steel Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege in New York. But the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 altered her world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor, igniting a passion for medicine that will shape the course of her life.
Petals in the Wind by Christina Green Leaving the bustle of London behind to return home to Dartmoor after the death of her father, Alison Bourne finds her stepmother Julia has unwelcome plans for her childhood home.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Walkley Foundation website
Graham Freudenberg, Churchill and Australia, 2009 Winner
Churchill was a titan of the 20th century, universally acknowledged as one of the greatest leaders of his age. Yet his relationship with Australia was a fraught one, tainted by the military failure of the Gallipoli campaign in WWI and the disaster of Singapore in WWII.
2009 Runners Up included:
On 24 November, 2007 Australia changed its government. Peter Hartcher explores in dramatic detail the downfall of John Howard and the rise of Kevin Rudd.
Jenny Hocking, Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History
This first volume of the biography of Gough Whitlam covers the early years of his life up until Labor's 1972 election win."--Provided by publisher.
Mary-Rose MacColl, The Birth Wars
There is a secret war going on in Australia. It is a war of technology versus nature; of 'mechanics' against 'organics'. On one side is the traditional medical establishment and the obstetricians; on the other are midwives and natural birth practitioners.
Iain McCalman, Darwin’s Armada
Recounts the intertwined sea voyages in the southern hemisphere of four men - Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, Joseph Hooker and Alfred Wallace - who combed the world for evidence of evolution by natural selection.
Sally Neighbour, The Mother of Mohammed
Born and raised in Mudgee, Rabiah Hutchinson seems an unlikely jihadist. But this former country girl is a veteran of the global holy war. To Western intelligence analysts she is "the matriarch of radical Islam" Sally Neighbour explores this mysterious black-veiled woman, with the broad Australian accent and fiery Scottish temperament, who has Western governments so unnerved.