South Australia has a fantastic service called the OneCard system. This allows anyone with a library card for any of the more than 130 public libraries in the state to use their card at any library, giving users access to over 3.7 million items.
In SA, the City of Marion has 3 library locations – Cove Civic Centre, Marion Cultural Centre and Park Holme. The Cove Civic Centre is a unique facility with a library, business hub, co-working spaces and venue hire. The $13.4 million building first opened its doors to the public on 1 August 2015 and is located in the southern coastal region of Adelaide. The building was designed to reflect the history and culture of the local community and captures the spirit of the environment and natural coastal features. The branch is home to the marketing and programs teams that deliver these services across all three branches of the Marion Libraries. Marion City library employees are passionate, dedicated, motivated and innovative. They are library champions who keep the community at the core of all that they do. They strive to raise awareness and promote the library service, to challenge people’s perceptions of libraries, to promote library services and spaces and to reach new users. And they have fun doing it!
Here, Cove Civic Centre team members share some highlights.
- Tasting Australia – for the third year in a row, we teamed up with Australia’s premier eating and drinking festival. This year we offered a glimpse at the future of food, looking at AgTech, native foods, synthetic biotechnologies, designer crops and entomophagy (bugs!). Platters of native fare were enjoyed by all.
- Author Talks – We always have exciting author visits at Marion Libraries and the past year was no exception. Included was Taryn Brumfitt, Jane Harper, Carly Findlay, Tim Costello and John Marsden. Our event with Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty broke our record for booking out the fastest of any author talk in our history.
- Pick Your Pages – Reading enthusiasts were invited to a special after-hours event where they could browse our booksellers’ stalls and choose books they wanted to add to our collection, all while enjoying champagne, canapes and entertainment from artist Tracy Crisp.
- Bookface Friday – Bookface Fridays are a popular library trend that time and again prove to be our most liked posts on Instagram. They can be a challenge and try our patience but when we get it just right we love our followers responses.
- Literary Anything Podcast – Our Marion Libraries podcast where we talk about anything literary and Literary Anything! Each month Jayne and Paula feature a book they’ve both read and discuss whether they loved it, hated it or were a bit meh. They also discuss literary goss and what’s new and hot in the industry – perfect for listeners who want inspiration for what to read next. Recordings of select author talks are also available on our channel so for people who missed getting to the events in person, they get a second chance to listen.
- Celeste Barber – When the comedian, actor and writer published her first book, Challenge Accepted, we decided to accept the challenge ourselves and pull a Celeste Barber on Celeste Barber! The result was the most successful social media post in our history.
- Paul West – Sophie Thomson will be joined by the host of River Cottage Australia and author of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook in this not-to-be-missed event in September!
- Marion WordFest – This is a celebration of reading and writing, supporting and connecting our community through story. This inaugural event is a three-day immersion of activities in late October that will inspire and entertain the literary enthusiast. Our special guest will be internationally best-selling author Fiona McIntosh who will kick off her national tour launching her new historical blockbuster, the Diamond Hunter.
- Tasting Australia – Once again we will work with the much loved food and drink festival in April to bring back the event that has become our most anticipated of the year!
- Social Media – We love to follow trends and have a laugh on our Facebook and Instagram pages so please Like and follow us there! In September we are looking forward to celebrating a certain highly anticipated TV milestone; we are currently working on something special we hope resonates and gets a smile from our online community.
- Literary Anything Podcast – Soon Jayne and Paula will be looking at what books they’ll feature over the episodes for next year. Have you always wanted to join a book club but have difficulty finding the time? Do you need more literary goodness in your podcast fare? Subscribe to our podcast channel to hear about Literary Anything!
Get to know a Team Leader
Jayne Webster is our Team Leader – Libraries, Community Connections and Learning
What is your favourite part of your work?
I have a fantastic team of creative, passionate people who make coming to work a pleasure. Working on ways to enrich people’s lives through books, programs, literacy or simply providing a welcoming space is what drives me and everyone who works at Marion Libraries. However, the hour that I take to record the podcast, which is a new way for us to connect with readers, is something that I look forward to every month.
Top three books? Is it possible to choose?
No! So here’s four:
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
What are you reading right now, or what are you looking forward to reading?
I’m currently reading Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn which is the feature book for our next podcast episode. So if you’ve read it and have some opinions, please do listen in! And I’ve just finished Fake by Stephanie Wood. It’s SO good, it’s probably too early to call it but this is going to be in my top 5 for 2019.
I’m excited to read Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar, The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley and After the Flood by Kassandra Montag.