A Letter to My Library

Talking to people and socialising is part of life, but it doesn’t always come easy. Especially if you are feeling anxious or have low self-confidence. Our next letter joins a young library volunteer on their journey to make friends and build self-confidence.

A Letter to My Library

The value of our libraries is incalculable, they make a difference to individuals in our community every single day and will be there for each one of us, no matter our circumstance.

Each library in Kirklees offers a bespoke service to their community. In this series of letters, we look to say thank you to all of the staff and volunteers that make up our library teams, and to demonstrate a fraction of the value that their work creates.

Each letter is anonymous to protect the identity of the individuals who have shared their story.

How to be a People Person

Talking to people and socialising is part of life, but it doesn’t always come easy. Especially if you are feeling anxious or have low self-confidence. Our next letter joins a young library volunteer on their journey to make friends and build self-confidence.

“Before I started volunteering at my local library, I wasn’t very confident, and I wasn’t much of a people person. I really suffered with social anxiety and only ever left the house to go to school.

When I began to volunteer at the library I became a lot more confident and more open towards people. Now I feel much more comfortable approaching people and making conversation. At school my teachers have noticed a difference too, I contribute to group discussions and speak up more often in class.

I have been volunteering here for a good few months now. In that time, I’ve met and worked with other volunteers around the same age and feel that I have made new friends.

The staff are also friendly, and I know that they are here to support me. I get involved with all sorts from film clubs to events, helping customers and the homework club.

Recently I came out as transgender. Because everyone here is so accepting and nice it has given me the confidence to come out to other people too.

I also met another young volunteer who is transitioning like me. We regularly meet up in the library and outside. It’s really nice to have someone to talk to and we can both support each other throughout our journey.

The library is a safe space for me, almost like a second home.”

We can all feel low from time to time but it’s important to remember to be kind to ourselves and to find ways to feel better – the NHS website gives some advice on raising low self-esteem and is a good place to start.

If you have a story of your own that would like to share, let us know in the comments below or tag @KirkleesCouncil on Twitter. Let’s talk libraries!

Become a Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to build self-confidence and learn new skills. By volunteering you will get the chance to get involved in many different activities and events, letting you behind the scenes at Kirklees’ fantastic libraries. You can find out current opportunities on Volunteering Kirklees.

Alternatively email volunteer.recruitment@kirklees.gov.uk to find out more.

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