Volunteering at the State Library 

Volunteering at the State Library offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to discover our resources and collections, to interact with our clients and be involved in the many events held at the State Library.

As a volunteer, you could be involved in delivering literacy activities to preschool children, helping at events and exhibitions, collecting survey responses from clients or being an office assistant.

Volunteering will provide you with an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the State Library and community as a whole.

If you would like to discuss volunteering at the State Library please contact Mary Doyle on (08) 9427 3327 or email volunteers@slwa.wa.gov.au.


Spotlight on Volunteers

Several times a year we spotlight the great work that one or a group of volunteers do for the State Library

LETS: a rewarding mission for Sian Dewar

Sian Dewar

Volunteer Sian Dewar is currently halfway through one of the recently established Learning English Through Storytime (LETS) programs. Sian is very passionate about her rewarding work as a volunteer at the State Library. "I am always happy to be here," she says.

The LETS program is a series of 10 workshops run at various times throughout hear in the State Library. LETS is a structured family literacy program for culturally and linguistically diverse parents/carers and their children (aged 3-4 years). "I assist every Thursday with the workshop," says Sian. "We focus on English speaking and listening skills using songs, rhymes and activities to support the development of home literacy practices. Each week we introduce a new theme such as colours, shapes or parts of the body to integrate new vocabulary into concepts covered in previous sessions."

As LETS is a family literacy program, both children and adults are encouraged to participate in the sessions. "We currently have a group of 22 participants from 11 families. An important aspect of the program is to provide an informal and welcoming place where families can interact and build new social connections. We not only focus on language development, but also encourage families, who are often new to Australia, to establish friendships with one another."

Sian finds her work as a volunteer very rewarding. "Some children are very quiet at first, but after a few weeks they become familiar with the session's routine and continue to develop confidence over the program's duration. It's wonderful to watch the children's growing sense of competency and genuine engagement from week to week. The families really enjoy the fun activities and you can see they have a great time. We also provide resources for families to take home each week, building a collection of rhymes and activities that reinforce the concepts introduced in each session. Some families chose to repeat the program a second time, giving these children an opportunity to become 'experts' and important role models for the new families joining the program."

Sian joined the State Library in February this year. "I completed a three week practicum as part of my graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies. I am thrilled to be part of the program as a volunteer. I have also assisted with transcribing the WA Biographical Index cards and reviewing new module content for the on-line Moodle training platform. I find the atmosphere at the State Library very welcoming. I enjoy the social aspect and I feel that I can make a positive contribution as a volunteer." 

Current Positions 

Please note that the State Library screens its volunteers and some positions may require a Police Clearance or Working With Children Card.

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