Working as Librarian in Takeo – a Job I love

Sopheak is librarian at the BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo
Sopheak is librarian at the BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo

Sopheak Tok used to be a local volunteer in our learning center in Takeo, Cambodia. As the center needed a full-time librarian BOOKBRIDGE offered her the position as she had always showed a very strong commitment to her work. In this post, Sopheak writes about what her job means to her.

My name is Sopheak and I turned 20 this year. I am really grateful for being offered a place to work as full-time librarian at the BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo. I have been working as a librarian for more than two months now starting in March this year. In my position, my main duties are opening the library and keeping it open during the day, registering new library members, checking in and out books, ensuring cleanliness of the library and tidiness of books on bookshelves and offering educational games as well as free basic English courses to kids. The job offers me the chance to work with children and books which is something I like very much and something I want to do.

Sopeak offering a free basic English class to a group of children
Sopeak offering a free basic English class to a group of children

There are some reasons for which I like my job the most: Firstly, I personally love children and I want to share my knowledge and experience to the children living in my community. One more thing, I want to teach them to do things honestly. I am happy to engage with children so that I can contribute to develop their abilities to build our society. Children can make me happy when I have problems or am stressed. We laugh together, we learn together and we have fun together.

Secondly, I love books and I like reading. As you all know a book is a bridge that leads us to gaining knowledge. Even though I don’t have much time to read, I try to avail myself to read the books I like especially when I am free of work. I am happy to have many visitors to come to the library and borrow books to read at home when they leave the library.

Sopheak organizes drawings for groups of children in the library
Sopheak organizes drawings for groups of children in the library

Thirdly, my job teaches me a lot of things I have never done before. In addition, I can get some experiences from the head of learning center and my colleagues that help me to overcome challenges I encounter in my daily working life. Last but not least, I get a small salary from my job that contributes to paying my studies at a private university. I love my job and I will keep it up and I will do my best to carry it out.

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