Staff Picks

Library staff are working hard behind the scenes to keep our digital services up and running, as well making sure library branches and materials will be ready to go when we re-open. However busy we may be, we still find time to read! Below some of our staff introduce themselves, and share their current reads.

My name is Doug, and I have been the supervisor of the Parkhill Branch for the past two years. Currently, I am reading “The Mountains Sing” by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai as part of the first-ever MCL Virtual Book Club. It is available from Hoopla as an ebook or audiobook, and tells the story of a Vietnamese family over the course of three generations, as they struggle with the fallout of a country in turmoil. It is an illuminating read, and would be enjoyed by readers of all walks of life. You can find more details on the library Facebook page (as well as info on our pick for May "The Museum of Modern Love"). Hope to connect with you there!
I am Donna and I am a Library Assistant at Library Headquarters. I have 3 books I'd like to share: “Brother and Sister’ by Diane Keaton – a memoir about her relationship with her younger brother growing up. He dealt with mental illness and alcoholism and lived “the other side of normal”. Joyful, sad, and beautiful shared moments taught her that there are lessons to be learned from all people, and the special bonds that siblings share. A great read, recommended for those who enjoy autobiographies or biographys. “Enemies in Love” by Alexis Clark – A biography about Elinor Powell, who was a African American nurse in the U.S. military during WWII. A love story of how she met and fell in love with a German prisoner of war at a camp in the Arizona Desert. It covers their relationship and marriage and how they navigated life together as a biracial couple in a time when Jim Crow was still practiced, and the prejudice they had to face and overcome. Very interesting, and a good insight into life and times after WWII. “They called us Enemy” by George Takei – A graphic novel written by George Takei of Star Trek fame. The autobiographical story of his family and their life in the internment camps in the U.S. when people of Japanese heritage were declared enemies of the state, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Very informative, and an honest description of his life growing up in these camps. How it shaped his life, and how he went on to become an activist for those without voices. A good read for those who want to know more about this time during history, but in an interesting way.
My name is Aimee, and I am the Supervisor of the Komoka & Delaware Libraries, and also the Technical Services Coordinator. Earlier this year I read and greatly enjoyed "The Queens of Animation" by Nathalia Holt, which told the story of female animators in the early years of Walt Disney Studios. This book touched upon the development of Disneyland, which motivated me to read "Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park that Changed the World". I would recommend either book for Disney fans, as well as Queens of Animation for anyone interested in stories of women in the workplace, female creators and the development of animation techniques and technology. Disney's Land is an amazing story not just of creativity, but of logistics! This book is for those who have a passion for organization and coordination.
Hi! I’m Kathryn, a library Supervisor. Recently, I’ve been reading, listening and watching titles simultaneously. On the recommendation of a friend, when I’m driving, I’m listening to the audio book Akin by Emma Donoghue. I have just finished and would recommend the Virtual Book Club selection The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai. Loving the bonus borrows on Hoopla, on the weekend I listened to The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens, a mystery in which the Vietnam War has a pivotal role. Thus, linking it in an interesting way to the VBC selection. I just finished reading Normal People by Sally Rooney which I chose to read based on the favorable reviews that I had seen. It was okay. Currently, my bedtime read is The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich, a fast paced mystery that readers fond of dogs would enjoy. I’m also slowly working my way through A Pilgrimage to Eternity: from Canterbury to Rome in search of a faith by Timothy Egan recommended by my sister –in-law.
My name is Stan and I work at Library Office. My career at Middlesex County Library began almost 36 years ago, coming right from graduating out of Fanshawe College’s Library Techncian Program. It’s my employment goal to have the longest tenure at Middlesex County. When I’m not in the gym, volunteering, or playing with my cat LaLa, my reading preferences are mystery/thrillers/psycho-thrillers, celeb biographies, or self-help books. Who doesn’t need a little self-improvement or self-understanding, right? Currently, I am reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. The premise of this book is that you can be the happiest and strongest ‘you’ without having to be positive ALL the time. Our library has this title in print and as an audiobook. Also, this ‘in demand’ title is available from our digital collections, in cloudLibrary, both as an eBook and eAudiobook, that can be downloaded to any device. When I’m looking for a laugh, I prefer some of the older TV sitcoms like Roseanne, or Absolutely Fabulous, that you can find in the Hoopla digital Collection.
My name is Jean and I am the Supervisor at the Strathroy Library. I have recently finished reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth Gilbert is known for her bestselling book Eat, Pray, Love. In Big Magic she shares her own thoughts and experiences of the creative process with fellow readers in an inspirational way. This would be a great book for anyone who feels they are struggling with their creativity lately or are looking for some guidance on how to tap into their creativity more. I am currently reading Someone We Know by Shari Lapena available through Cloud Library. Shari Lapena is a Canadian author known internationally for her bestselling thrillers. Someone We Know takes place in a quiet suburb in upstate New York where a teenager has been sneaking into the houses of his neighbours, hacking into their computers, and discovering their secrets. I have been hooked on this author since her first book The Couple Next Door. Her psychological thrillers are fast paced, intricately plotted with lots of twists and turns, and always set in suburbia where you never really know who your neighours are. Many of her books are available to borrow on Cloud Library. For fans of Shari Lapena she has a new book coming out The End of Her at the end of July.