Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Library Limelight: Donna-Marie Wiktorski, Branch Support Aide, Post Road Library

Library Limelight is intended to be a quick read to help FCPL patrons get to know our librarians, staff, and volunteers. We hope you enjoy learning about the people who make our libraries great!

Donna-Marie Wiktorski
Branch Support Aide
Post Road Library



Where is your hometown?
San Diego, California
How long have you been at FCPL?
Almost 14 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
Collection Support Aide, Department Support Aide
Why did you choose to work in a library?
When we moved here, I needed to have something to fill my spare time. I have always loved to read and work with people, so this was the perfect fit for me.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Busy!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Helping with the Books and Babies program here at Post Road. I love the little ones and it is so sweet to see them progress to other programs. I also have had some of them come back and actually remember me and give me big hugs.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
Rio de Janerio, Brazil. My father was in the Navy and was assigned to the Naval Attaché at the US Embassy.
What are your hobbies?
Reading and travel; I have always loved to read. As a child we moved a lot with the Navy and my books were my best friends. As for travel, my husband and I love to go on cruises. We have been to Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Panama Canal. We just returned from a 13 day cruise to Canada and New England.
What are you reading right now?
Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
Paper. I am old fashioned that way and prefer hardcover to paperbacks.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Staff Favorites of 2019: Adult Fiction

As the year comes to a close, library staff members and volunteers reflect on the best books they've read in 2019. A complete list of titles in all genres from Staff Favorites of 2019 is available in the library's online catalog.


Here are our favorites from the library’s Adult Fiction collection:
  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • After the End by Clare Mackintosh
    Recommended by Amy Weiler
  • After the Fall by Noah Hawley
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt and Jeanne McMahan
  • As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt and Amy Weiler
  • A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
    Recommended by Amy Weiler
  • Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
    Recommended by Amy Weiler
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  • Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • Cats of the Louvre by Taiyo Matsumoto
    Recommended by Kim Tomblin
  • Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner
    Recommended by Kayla Bolton
  • Conviction by Denise Mina
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    Recommended by Trina Schlecht
    Trina says, "I listened to the full cast audiobook version of Daisy Jones and the Six. It's not the type of book I would normally read, but the audiobook was wonderful and I ended up really enjoying it."
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
    Recommended by anonymous
  • Force of Nature by Jane Harper
    Recommended by Jeanne McMahan
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Glimpse by Jonathan Mabarry
    Recommended by Alica Cavitt
  • Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • Gun Love by Jennifer Clement
    Recommended by Zoey Fleck
  • Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen
    Recommended by Brooke Heflin
  • How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper
  • Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • Lie with Me by Philippe Besson
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt and Amy Weiler
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
    Recommended by Jane Elizabeth Sewell
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
    Recommended by Zoey Fleck
  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt and Meredith Causey
  • Night Market by Jonathan Moore
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Our Stop by Laura Williams
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
    Recommended by Kayla Bolton
  • Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh
    Recommended by Alica Cavitt
  • Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
    Recommended by Trina Schlecht
  • Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
    Recommended by Brooke Heflin
  • Horseman, Pass By from Thalia: A Texas Trilogy by Larry McMurtry
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • The Echo Killing by Christina Daugherty
    Recommended by Lola Nichols
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
    Recommended by Kim Tomblin
  • The First Bad Man by Miranda July
    Recommended by Zoey Fleck
  • The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore
    Recommended by LeAnne Craig
  • The Gown by Jennifer Robson
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
    Recommended by LeAnne Craig and Stephani Lindsey
  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn
    Recommended by Trina Schlecht and Amy Weiler
  • The Institute by Stephen King
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt and Beth Moore
  • The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
    Recommended by Meredith Causey and Trina Schlecht
  • The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • The Liar's Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
    Recommended by Trina Schlecht
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
    Recommended by Kayla Bolton
  • The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
    Recommended by Trina Schlecht
  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper
    Recommended by Beth Moore and Jane Elizabeth Sewell
  • The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
    Recommended by Zoey Fleck
  • The Need by Helen Philips
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • The Night Market by Jonathan Moore
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • The Rent Collector by Camron Steve Wright
    Recommended by Jane Elizabeth Sewell
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    Recommended by LeAnne Craig
  • The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Recommended by Lola Nichols
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
    Recommended by Joanie Goforth
  • The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
    Recommended by Amy Billings
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt and Trina Schlecht
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
    Recommended by Amy Weiler
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch
  • This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
    Recommended by Meredith Causey, Teresa Santangelo, and Amy Weiler
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
    Recommended by Beth Moore
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman
    Recommended by Zoey Fleck
  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
    Recommended by Stephen Kight, Anna Lyle, and Jeanne McMahan
  • Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
    Recommended by Meredith Causey
  • Waiting for Bojangles by Olivier Bourdeaut
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    Recommended by Beth Moore, Trina Schlecht, and Amy Weiler
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    Recommended by Lola Nichols
  • You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian

To view a complete list of titles in all genres from Staff Favorites of 2019, visit the library's online catalog.

Staff Favorites of 2019: Adult Nonfiction

As the year comes to a close, library staff members and volunteers reflect on the best books they've read in 2019. A complete list of titles in all genres from Staff Favorites of 2019 is available in the library's online catalog.

Here are our favorites from the library’s Adult Nonfiction collection:
  • African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan by Thomas Lockley
    Recommended by Katherine Eitel
    Katherine says, "Thomas Lockley's African Samurai not only tells of the adventures of the warrior Yasuke, but also does an excellent job of illustrating the time period, 1500s Japan, leaving the reader wanting to know more about the hectic period of the country at war."
  • All Blood Runs Red: The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard -- Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy by Phil Keith
    Recommended by Kim Tomblin
  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse
    Recommended by Brooke Heflin
  • Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean
    Recommended by Lola Nichols
  • Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast
    Recommended by anonymous
  • Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Cep Casey
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged by Veronica Peerless
    Recommended by Jeff Fisher
  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman
    Recommended by Teresa Santangelo
  • How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum
    Recommended by anonymous
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Recommended by Stephen Kight
  • Justice on Trial: The Kavenaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by Mollie Hemmingway
    Recommended by Bobby Williams
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
    Recommended by Amy Weiler
  • Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
    Recommended by Kim Tomblin
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
    Recommended by Zoey Fleck
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    Recommended by Holly Raus
  • Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography by Laurent Queyssi
    Recommended by Alicia Cavitt
  • The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk W. Johnson
    Recommended by Kayla Bolton
  • The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II by Alex Kershaw
    Recommended by Julie Boyd
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Freedom by Miguel Ruiz
    Recommended by Latha Bonaili
  • The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language
    Recommended by Stephani Lindsey
  • The Lady From the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara
    Recommended by Kayla Bolton
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
    Recommended by Latha Bonaili, Holly Raus, and Trina Schlecht
  • The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories of Defying the Impossible edited by Catherine Burns
    Recommended by Amy Billings
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison
    Recommended by Jane Elizabeth Sewell
  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
    Recommended by anonymous
  • Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
    Recommended by Kim Tomblin
To view a complete list of titles in all genres from Staff Favorites of 2019, visit the library's online catalog.