Better Reading loves libraries! We recently heard about the Yackandandah Library and the prominent BR Top 100 display, and wanted to share more about the library with you.
Yackandandah Library is part of Indigo Shire Libraries in the North East of Victoria and was opened in November 2014. The library has been taken to heart by the local community who are very supportive. The library runs storytimes, school holiday activities, afterschool book club, three adult book clubs and hosts author visits and guest speakers. Indigo Shire Libraries belongs to the Swift Consortia so patrons are able to access materials from over 100 other Victorian libraries with one library membership.
Here we have Margaret Citroen, the Yackandandah Library Branch Coordinator share her love of books and the work she does.
What made you want to become a librarian?
I loved books and reading when I was young so I naturally gravitated to a librarians course when I finished school. As I worked in the library industry I became passionate about sourcing information and finding ways of finding out. Now that I am working in a public library I can combine these two loves as our patrons enjoy reading and sharing their good reads, but they often have specific requests that I can help them to satisfy.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
I love interacting with the people who come into the library! We have the little ones in for storytime, class visits from Yackandandah Primary School and small schools in our area, students, parents, travellers, retirees and many other people using the library. Each person has different needs and I enjoy chatting with them to see if I can be of assistance.
You feature the Better Reading Top 100 poster in a special display at the library. How does this display help the staff connect with borrowers?
The poster is a perfect opportunity to highlight some great reads to our patrons from within our collection. Patrons can choose one themselves or they might ask “Have you read this?” which opens a discussion and can lead to other recommendations by the staff.
Have you counted how many of the top 100 that you’ve actually read?
I would say I have read about half of the books but I have also read other titles by some of the authors featured. Librarians are often behind in reading the latest books as they are always out on loan!
What are some of your all-time favourite books?
I have to agree with the top 100 number 1 book as I loved “The book thief”! Other favourites of mine are “Pride and prejudice”, “Anna Karenina” and “The Rosie project” and of course the Harry Potter series.
What are you reading at the moment?
I have just read “The shepherd’s hut” by Tim Winton for my book club but I also have “The art of the engine driver” by Steven Carroll on my bedside table and “The aviator’s wife” by Melanie Benjamin in the CD player of my car.
Are you a member of the Yackandandah Library? Or does your local library have a Top 100 display? Tell us about it.