Now that restrictions are slowly starting to ease, and (most of) our libraries are once again open for our click and collect, opens a new window service, we’re excited about being able to borrow and read physical items again! So much so, that we’ve asked some of our staff to share what item they’re most looking forward to getting their hands on.
Lately, I have been in a very specific reading mood: I only want to read books that are around 200 pages long, are unsettling, are told in the first person, and play with narrative form (even if only a bit). And if the writing is poetic and stops me in my tracks then that’s a bonus. Lucky for me the next book waiting for me to borrow which ticks these boxes is Catherine Lacey’s PEW. A friend recommended I read it. All she said was, ‘This book might be one of the best you read this year. It’s right up your alley.’
All I know about PEW is this: a mysterious figure is found sleeping in a small-town church and doesn’t speak to anyone. We don’t know this person’s race, gender, age, or their intentions. All we know is that their presence begins to unravel a town and its people: all their fears, borders, and boundaries. This is exactly the book I want to be reading right now!
Sarah Schmidt, Reading & Literacy Coordinator
I can’t wait to get my hands-on Pom Pom, Issue 32, Spring 2020.
Pom Pom is a quarterly magazine that offers modern knitting and crochet patterns, and related articles. It is high-end: no sign of horsey, grandmotherly designs here! This particular issue includes a crochet shawl pattern (Vayu by Lana Jois) that looks like it would be perfect for those cooler summer evenings spent lurking by the BBQ.
Tina Selenitsch, Reading Coordinator
The Obelisk Gate is book two in The Broken Earth Trilogy. I'm looking forward to borrowing books 2, 3, 4, etc... of all the trilogies/series I have started reading!
Sun Pezzimenti, Officer – Reading, Learning & Community
I’m excited to be able to borrow The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer. This is the first in the Enola Holmes series of teen mysteries. I’ve been wowed by the trailer for the upcoming Enola Holmes movie, so I want to read this before I watch the film!
Karen Seligman, Learning Coordinator
Julia Busuttil Nishimura
After interviewing the wonderful Julia at Lalor Library, I became obsessed with her cookbook at the time: Ostro. Julia now has a new book out — A Year of Simple Family Food — and I cannot wait to make it my new obsession!
Debra Fothergill, Reading Coordinator
With colourful illustrations and timely messages, Sophie Beer’s picture books are a favourite in my house. I can’t wait to get my hands on her latest title so that I can read it with my three-year-old daughter.
Danielle Gori, Administration Officer Public Participation
On the first of September — my birthday — the latest Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn was released, focusing on his character Thrawn, or Mitth'raw'nuruodo, to be exact. An alien from the Chiss Ascendancy, Thrawn is a tactical genius and the most dangerous non-force wielding threat to ever face the Rebels. He has made appearances in the books, comics, and the Star Wars Rebels Animated TV Show. However, it is in the hands of Timothy Zahn, his creator, that he truly shines. In this the first instalment of Thrawn: The Ascendency Trilogy titled Chaos Rising we learn more of the origins of Thrawn before the dark times… before the Empire.
I saw Noreena Hertz interviewed on ABC’s The Drum, and after our own experience of lockdown and what we have learnt of our local seniors’ experiences through our Caring Calls, I am really interested in understanding the loneliness epidemic that apparently is being experienced across the world. How did the world become so lonely? And what can we do about it? These are questions for all of us who live in and want to contribute to our local communities. So, I think this will be a very enlightening book about the state of the world today, and I enjoy reading about this type of social research.
Jane Cowell, Chief Executive Officer
What item/s are you most looking forward to borrowing from your local library?