[‘Meet our volunteers’ appears in red and ‘Shilpa and Elizabeth: Baby Bounce volunteers’ appears in black on a white screen.]
[A bird’s-eye view of the Experimedia venue at the State Library of Victoria shows a crowd of adults with children milling around.]
[Elizabeth and Shilpa face the camera; behind them is the bluestone wall of Experimedia.]
Elizabeth: We both volunteer with Learning Services and so we help out with the weekly Storytimes.
Shilpa: Yes we help set up the play-board area and we welcome the people and make them feel comfortable over here and maybe hand out activities at the end of each session.
[Elizabeth and another woman are onstage in Experimedia, performing activities for the children.]
Elizabeth: We also come in to do some preparation work sometime during the week to help come up with the activities that we’re going to do.
Shilpa: Yes, and come over here for some special events like book fair and maybe help in school holidays, also.
[Time-lapse footage shows a crowd people with children moving and playing in Experimedia.]
Elizabeth: There’s lots of different things that you get out of it. Really, one of the major things is that it’s a wonderful way to be able to give back to the community. But also to learn more about what the Library does and the role it plays. I used it as a study library, a research library, before I started volunteering; but it wasn’t until I got involved with the Look program at the beginning of last year that I started to realise this whole other side of the Library, the whole youth literature area.
Shilpa: I had come over here as a participant. I was coming just to attend the session and thought it would be nice … this is a way to say thank you to the State Library for this fabulous thing that they’re running every week.
[Adults carrying prams and small children walk into Experimedia.]
Elizabeth: Outside of the Library I’m currently studying, which that and part-time work takes up most of my time. But to relax I like to read and to draw and to garden with my little cat.
Shilpa: Outside the Library I’m a full-time mum, which keeps me busy. Also I enjoy reading and the State Library has so many books in it, so I come over and have a reading session with my kid also. And also interacting with the people. This session helps me to foster this talent of mine. And also I love writing.
[The logos for the State Library of Victoria and the State Government of Victoria appear in white on a black screen.]