Meet the Staff: Martina

There are some new faces on the O’Fallon Public Library’s staff. One of our new circulation assistants is Martina!

What jobs did you have before coming to the library?

Before coming to the library, I worked mainly in customer service and retail. My most recent job was providing printing, shipping, and other office supply services (copying, faxing, etc.)

What are your favorite books or movies?

My favorite author is Gillian Flynn; I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her so far. My favorite of hers would have to be Sharp Objects. I’m real big on thrillers/suspense, gothic, and contemporary women’s fiction. I also love Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. And having grown up with the Harry Potter series, the movies are still some of my favorites to rewatch.

What do you love most about libraries?

I love the calm atmosphere of the library, as well as the endless access to resources. Being an avid reader since I was a child, it’s always something I’ve appreciated.


Martina’s Reading Picks (You can order it from the library catalog by clicking on the title.)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Queenie : a novel by Candice Carty-Williams. Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places . . . including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth. As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, ‘What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?’ — all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by J.K. Rowling. The first entry in the classic series. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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