Library staff profiles

Photograph of four library staff members (Tracy, Bella, Jacqui and Martina) at the front of the library each holding a book.

Staff Profiles

For Local Government Week 2020 we've decided to share a bit about the library team with weekly mini staff profiles (don't worry it's a small team).

Name

Martina

Job title

Library Assistant

Year I started work at the library

Two stints - 1985-1996 and 2002 - present

Photograph of Martina, Library Assistant holding a book by JR Ward standing amongst the library shelves

One thing I enjoy about working in the library

I've always loved working in the Outback Letterbox Library area. Selecting material for people who appreciate receiving books from this wonderful and unique service. Just one part of my job that I love.

When not at the library I enjoy

I'm often the first out the door at the end of the day. Now that my kids are older, I love getting home, changing out of my work clothes, having a glass of wine and spending time with my husband and dogs. I also love watching Aussie rules foot, movies and of course, reading.

One book I've read recently that has stuck with me

I'm currently reading my through the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J R Ward. I'm halfway through book number ten. I love this series because it has a bit of everything, supernatural romance, action & mystery. It's well written and keeps you wanting more.

One book on my to-read list I'm keen to read

I read quite a few Graham Masterson books about thirty years ago. I've currently got two of his latest ones at home waiting for me to read called The Coven and Scarlet Widow. I'm interested to see if he's still as good as he was then.

Genres I enjoy reading the most

Supernatural, romance, biographies, drama & fantasy

Genres I don't enjoy reading

I don't like books that are too gruesome.

Favourite authors

J R Ward, Jodi Picoult, Tiffany Reisz, Karen Marie Moning

Favourite book or a book you would recommend everyone read?

The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson is a heart-warming true story about a family's adventures into Mongolia to help heal their autistic son with the use of horses and shamanic healing. This is the best book I've ever read.

Most memorable book from childhood

As a kid I love a Little Golden Book called the Saggy Baggy Elephant

Close of photo of hands holding a red book, no title visible. Text overlaid onto book 'Staff spotlight'

Name

Karen

Job title

Library Assistant

Year I started work at the library

Too long ago, in the early eighties.

Photograph of Karen Library Assistant in front the jungle mural in the children's section of the library holding a children's picture book open and reading

Something I enjoy about working at the library

I enjoy the diverse range of duties, interacting with our customers, storytime, computer work and getting out doing deliveries.

When not at the library I enjoy

Spending time with family.

One book I've read recently that has stuck with me

The last book I read was too long ago to remember! Before I had a husband, children and poodles!

One book on my to-read list I'm keen to read

I have a list as long as my arm! I'd love to read Leesa Bow's books. Leesa is my cousin, we went right through school together and I've promised her I would read her books, so one day!

Genres I enjoy reading the most

Has to be a mystery in there somewhere to give me a reason to turn the page and find out who did it. Biograpies are also enjoyable.

Genres I don't enjoy reading

Anything predictable, love yarns!

Favourite author?

Used to be Mary Higgins Clark and Jonathan Kellerman.

Favourite book or book you would recommend everyone read?

It was so long ago that I read this book, but I think it was called Don't forget the flowers, I can't even remember who the author is. It was about about an abusive relationship and how a girl survived to beat the odds. A real page turner!

Sidenote - Martina states this is probably Send me no flowers by Jenny Tomlin.

Most memorable book from childhood?

The Magic wishing chair by Enid Blyton and the only book I ever finished at school was My darling my hamburger by Paul Zindel.

 

Closeup of photo of hands holding a red book, no title visible. Text overlaid onto book 'Staff spotlight'

Name

Fallon

Job title

Community Engagement Library Technician

Year I started work at the library

2011

Photograph of a large book with most of the Fallon's face hidden (staff member)

Things I enjoy about working at the library

Getting to buy lots of new books and providing fun events for the community.

When not at the library I enjoy

When not studying I enjoy reading (of course), tabletop games, Nintendo Switch, XBOX, weaving and embroidery.

Books I've read recently that have stuck with me

The ten thousand doors of January written by Alix E. Harrow which conveys the infinite power of words, stories, folklore, imagination and resilience. A beautifully written blend of history, fantasy, adventure.

One book on my to-read list that I'm keen to read is

So many but one is The dictionary of lost words by Pip Williams. A fictionalised account around the development of the first Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1884, which overlooked the word 'bondmaid' amongst others from its male editors and lexicographers. Esme, the daughter of one of the editors collects the scraps of paper with words they reject, learning the interrelated inequality of words and gender.

Genres I enjoy the most

Drama, mystery, fantasy, dystopian, historical, pyschological (Gone Girl).

Genres I don't really read

Horror, romance, space sci-fi.

Favourite author

I enjoy discovering debut authors and can't say I have a favourite author as I don't tend to stick with one author consistently for too long as there's so many options out there! I have read most of Jodi Picoult though.

Most memorable book from childhood

I enjoyed Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss (ironic as I'm now a vegetarian), The complete adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall - Had a lovely illustrated version which is now looking a bit tattered and when I was older The tomorrow when the war began series by John Marsden.

Close of photo of hands holding a red book, no title visible. Text overlaid onto book 'Staff spotlight'

 

Name

Jacqui

Job title

Library Assistant

Year I started work at the library

2011

Photograph of Jacqui, Library Assistant with her head turned away from the camera captured reading aloud from a childrens picture book

Things I enjoy about working at the library

The customer service aspect - meeting new people!

When not at the library I enjoy

Reading and word games

Books I've read recently that have stuck with me

Chasing the scream by Johann Hari

One book on my to-read list that I'm keen to read is

The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck

Genres I enjoy the most

True crime, biography, mystery, science, history... almost anything!

Genres I don't enjoy reading

Horror and romance

Favourite author

Too hard to choose!

Favourite book or one you would recommend everyone read

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Most memorable book from childhood

Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne

Close of photo of hands holding a red book, no title visible. Text overlaid onto book 'Staff spotlight'

Name

Tracy

Job title

Library Coordinator

Year I started work at the library

I commenced work at the Broken Hill City Library in 2016 and started working in libraries in 1979 as a Library Cadet at the State Library of Western Australia.

Photograph of Tracy the Library Coordinator looking away from the camera holding a postcard size information sheet and a mocktail

Things I enjoy about working at the library

Being surrounded by books, working with our passionate and caring library team, helping people, learning something new and being challenged everyday.

When not at the library I enjoy

Painting, motorcycles, my garden, home and a glass of wine, not necessarily in that order.

Books I've read recently that have stuck with me

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
Far from a still life: Margaret Olly by Meg Stewart.
The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver.

One book on my to-read list that I'm keen to read is

Sophie's World by Jostien Gaarder (an oldie but I have not had a chance to read it yet)

Genres I enjoy the most

Non-fiction - art, philosophy, history but just about anything.

Genres I don't enjoy reading

I will read just about anything if it is well written

Favourite author

Pearl Buck, Lionel Shriver.. too many to mention!

Most memorable book from childhood

Black beauty by Anna Sewell
Pollyanna by EH Porter
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery