What are the librarians at The City of Marion reading?

Article | Issue: Apr 2024

The City of Marion Libraries in the south-western suburbs of Adelaide have been operating since the 1950s, making it one of the oldest public library services in South Australia. With a library membership, (which is free!), you will be able to find around 96 000 items for borrowing from books, magazines and even toys for the kids.

Jump online and you’ll find an ever-increasing number of e-resources including e-books and audio books for borrowing, and even able to access all areas of Good Reading online! We popped in to find out what some of their library staff are reading and recommending.

 

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Ellie, City of Marion LibrariesELLIE
Customer Service Officer

What are you reading now?
Woman, Captain, Rebel: The extraordinary true story of a daring Icelandic sea captain by Margaret Willson.

Why did you choose this book?
I always enjoy historical biographies and was interested to learn more about this time period in Icelandic history.

What’s it about?
This book is a biography of Thurídur Einarsdóttir, a captain of fishing boats in late 18th century and early 19th century Iceland. She was born to poor peasant farmers and became a renowned foreman, carving out a living for herself in inhospitable conditions. She was a respected figure in her community and also solved the mystery of a notorious local robbery.

Are you enjoying it?
It’s a fascinating read. Eighteenth century Iceland was a time of natural disasters and increasing poverty and yet Foreman Thurídur managed to improve her station in life through her skill as a captain. I’m enjoying the insight into what life was like at the time.

 

Ola and Lauren, City of Marion LibrariesOLA & LAUREN
Team Leader & Collection Development Support Officer

What are you reading now?
Back on Track by Tricia Stringer

Why did you choose this book?
Ola: This is a new title by one of the most loved and popular South Australian’s authors. I quite often go for a local vibe so love to support SA’s talent and enjoy light-hearted reads.
Lauren: I am also a bit of a sucker for trains because there are train lovers in my family. 

What’s it about?
Ola: At first glance the book is about a group of people working together and taking the iconic Ghan trip from Darwin to Adelaide. There are some personal issues, dealing with the unexpected and deception, a bit of romance and beautiful scenery. But don’t be swayed by the first glance. This book also addresses ageism issues, moral and ethical dilemmas, every angle of friendship, alcohol abuse and betrayal.
Lauren: I am not far in, but it is so far about a group of workmates that head on a train journey together – and I am sure relationships will be broken and repaired along the way!

Are you enjoying it?
We are! So far, this book is everything you could ask for in a light-hearted story where you get to know and grow with the characters.

 

Kenya, City of Marion LibrariesRENYA
Volunteers and Branch Operations Officer

What are you reading now?
The Story of Pasta and How to Cook It! by Steven Guarnaccia (Age Guide 7+)

Why did you choose this book?
I love pasta! It has some
great recipes and inspiring food photos. 

What’s it about?
It is designed for upper
primary/ lower high school children but can be enjoyed by everyone who loves pasta. As well as the recipes, it has information about the history of pasta and how each of the pasta types and shapes were developed. Some date back centuries while others are quite modern.

Are you enjoying it?
Yes, I am finding it very interesting learning all about the different types of pasta and I can see some cooking happening in the near future.

 

John, City of Marion LibrariesJOHN
Collection Development Coordinator

What are you reading now?
Alexandria: The city that changed the world by Islam Issa

Why did you choose this book?
The Great Library of Alexandria occupies a special place in the collective imagination of book people, particularly librarians. Chosen to satisfy my own curiosity about the city and its story, as well as on the strength of numerous reviews. 

What’s it about?
Alexandria is a history of the city from its Hellenistic origins to the present day. 

Are you enjoying it?
Yes, only three chapters in but so far I’m finding it accessible and engaging. The author’s own fondness for the subject matter shines through.

 

Griffen, City of Marion LibrariesGRIFFEN
Library Technology & Digital Projects Officer

What are you reading now?
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Why did you choose this book?

It’s by one of my favourite Japanese authors.

What’s it about?
Klara, the narrator of the novel, is an Artificial Friend (AF), which means that she’s a special type of solar-powered robot that is sold to help assist with raising children. The novel is science-fiction, with a strong emphasis around what makes us human. 

Are you enjoying it?
Yes! It’s beautifully written with a hint of dystopia. 

 

Nyssa, City of Marion LibrariesNYSSA
Customer Service Officer

What are you reading now?
Be Useful: Seven tools for life by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Why did you choose this book?
I saw it on Goodreads and
was interested in what tools Arnold Schwarzenegger has used in his life to successfully achieve goals. 

What’s it about?
Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals the seven rules to follow and to find your true purpose in life, with stories from his own journey of ongoing reinvention and amazing achievements.

Are you enjoying it?
Yes. It’s easy to read, relatable and you can apply the rules to areas of your own life. 

 

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