Book week in the libraries of Brimbank

In honor of Book Week, Holly McGuinness spoke to Brimbank’s book experts, the librarians. Spread across Deer Park, St. Albans, and Keilor, these five librarians are well-read to say the least, sharing their favorite books, what they’re currently reading, and something everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.

Chelsea Barr:

What is your favorite book?

My favorite story ever is Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’ve loved it since I was a kid.

What are you reading right now?

Right now I’m reading a book called Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis. It’s a YA horror book described as Scream meets the Babadook!

What is a book everyone should read?

Well, the Harry Potter series of course – there really is something for everyone there. But the book I most recommend to kids who want to read something scary is Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. It’s so original and evocative and creepy in the most amazing way!

Rachel D’Arcy:

What is your favorite book?

I have so many favorites. If I had to pick one, it would be Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Despite being written over 150 years ago, the rich depiction of the 19th century and the deep bond between the four teenage sisters and their mother will resonate with you (…year after year, if you’re like me).

What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading “How it Feels to Float” by Helena Fox. This book was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers in 2020.

What is a book everyone should read?

I firmly believe that everyone should read (or listen to) the Harry Potter series at least once in their lifetime!

Josephine Mifsud:

What is your favorite book?

Too hard to pick just one, but my recent favorite is Tabitha Bird’s Lifetime of Impossible Days. My first foray into magical realism – delightful and heartbreaking.

What are you reading right now?

The last book I read was Charlotte McConaghy’s Once There Were Wolves. A great COVID recovery read, couldn’t put it down!.

What is a book everyone should read?

Any book written by Tim Winton. Great insight into Australian character and landscape. Beautiful and suggestive language.

Scott Steensma:

What is your favorite book?

‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams. It’s just a beautiful story that makes you look at rabbits in a different way. The animated film made me cry when I was a little boy, and I have no comment on whether the book had the same effect when I read it last year!

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading ‘Metal Fatigue’ by Sean Williams. It’s classic 1990s Australian science fiction set in a dark future. It’s a high-tech detective story and it’s pretty cool.

What is a book everyone should read?

Judging by my commute to work, everyone should read ‘The Victorian road rules around using your indicator’, but otherwise Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ – the best ghost story written in the last hundred years. Bring a duvet to hide under while you read!

Kylie Prociw:

What is your favorite book?

Killing a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I’ve reread it many times over the years, and every time I do it still evokes such a strong emotional response. It is so beautifully written and explores topics of social injustice that are still relevant to this day.

What are you reading right now?

Boy erased by Garrard Conley.

What is a book everyone should read?

Night by Ellis Wiesel

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