Staff Picks open new doors

Li­brary work­ers of­fer book sug­ges­tions

Cape Breton Post - - Classifieds / Cape Breton - Ros­alie Gil­lis Ros­alie Gil­lis is the co-or­di­na­tor of com­mu­nity sup­port for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary.

I love to read. You prob­a­bly think that since I work in a li­brary, that I get to read books all day. Let me take this op­por­tu­nity to dis­pel that myth.

Li­brary work­ers are far too busy serv­ing the pub­lic to have time to read dur­ing work hours. How­ever, we do tend to be avid read­ers and we are able to view lots of books dur­ing the course of our day.

One of my favourite dis­plays at the McCon­nell Li­brary in Sydney is the Staff Picks bookshelf, which I al­ways check when I am look­ing for some­thing new to read.

Be­ing around lots of other read­ers gives you the op­por­tu­nity to learn about books that you might not nec­es­sar­ily have no­ticed with­out the sug­ges­tion.

A great ben­e­fit of the Staff Picks shelf is that you know some­one re­ally en­joyed. Also, you get to choose books that are out­side your nor­mal read­ing lists. When I’m choos­ing a book, I tend to look for the same types of books, mostly mys­ter­ies, some fan­tasy and science fic­tion, and Cana­dian fic­tion. The Staff Picks shelf opens up new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

The Staff Picks shelf, which is lo­cated on the cir­cu­la­tion desk, holds books of all gen­res. You might see mys­ter­ies or ro­mance, bi­ogra­phies or cook­books, fan­tasy or dra­mas.

On a re­cent re­view of this shelf, I came across some that caught my in­ter­est.

“Thomas: A Se­cret Life” by A.J.B. John­ston is the first of a series of three his­tor­i­cal fic­tion books based on the life of Thomas Pi­chon.

John­ston is a well-known his­to­rian who has writ­ten ex­ten­sively on Louis­bourg and its his­tory. I’m look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more about that time pe­riod and Pi­chon, through fic­tion.

“Paula Spencer” by Roddy Doyle caught my eye on the shelf. This book tells the story of a woman who has lived in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship, is strug­gling to over­come ad­dic­tions and is find­ing a new way to live in the world.

Doyle is the Ir­ish writer who I know best as the au­thor of “The Com­mit­ments,” “The Snap­per” and “The Van,” which were all made into movies in the 1990s that I re­ally en­joyed.

I ex­pect this book, like many good Ir­ish books, will mix laugh­ter and pain.

“Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzger­ald” by Therese Anne Fowler, re-imag­ines the life of F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s wife, as she might have told it. From the Jazz Age through the De­pres­sion, this story fol­lows the lives of the in­fa­mous Fitzger­alds and their lives to­gether.

Th­ese are just a few of the books from the Staff Picks shelf at the McCon­nell Li­brary.

If you can’t get into the li­brary, you can check out staff picks vir­tu­ally by go­ing to the li­brary’s Pin­ter­est page at­ter­­ter­est/.

There you will find more than 70 col­lec­tions of book sug­ges­tions, from cook­books to dec­o­rat­ing books, travel books to clas­sic sci-fi. There are sug­ges­tions for books that are sim­i­lar to “Girl on a Train” or books that have won var­i­ous awards.

All books listed are avail­able for bor­row­ing from the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Li­brary. You can place a hold on the books and they will be de­liv­ered to your li­brary branch. Happy read­ing!

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