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Word from the Library: Say hello to the new staff in the library

Here is the big news in the library: We are welcoming two new members to our team, Melissa Day and Meg Moll.
Meg Moll (left) and Melissa Day are two new staff members of the Jasper Municipal Library. | Angie Thom / Jasper Municipal Library

Here is the big news in the library: We are welcoming two new members to our team, Melissa Day and Meg Moll.

Melissa is most likely a known face for our library patrons as she has worked in the library for a short stint in 2019 and as a casual worker since then. She will replace Holly during her leave and will be our mighty programmer. Meg, however, is a new face in the library crew. She will replace Sheila who is off to new adventures. You can say hi to Meg on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays.

Here is a short interview we had with our new colleagues to introduce them to you:

  1. Tell us a bit about your background.

Melissa: I am another Aussie in the mountains. I grew up camping and running around in the bush. I majored in Education and Children’s literature at university and moved to Canada 10 years ago.

Meg: I’m originally from Medicine Hat, Alta. but moved here six years ago. I came here to work at Marmot Basin and Maligne Lake (a break after finishing university in Lethbridge). After working in the tourist industry for four years, I began working at Jasper Physiotherapy and Health Centre as a kinesiologist, what I majored in at university.

  1. What are your favorite books or book genre? Any book recommendations?

Melissa: This is an unfair question! I enjoy speculative fiction, magic realism, poetry, non-fiction and I’ll never be too old for a clever, beautifully illustrated children’s book. I’d recommend:

  • “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune. A wholesome and heartfelt celebration of diversity.
  • “Upstream” by Mary Oliver.  
  • “I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf” by Grant Snider. Lighthearted and humorous literary comics.

Meg: My favorite author is Haruki Murakami. I love all of his books. I also like Sarah J. Maas and her books. My favorite book is Almond by Sohn Won-Pyung -it’s an interesting take on a particular brain condition. I love fantasy books.

  1. What do you like the best in Jasper?

Melissa: I love the community and that I can wander into the forest or bike to the lake before or after work any day of the year.

Meg: I love the friendly community! Spirit Island and Maligne Lake are personal favorites in terms of places in Jasper NP and I love camping at Maligne Lake, especially at Coronet Creek. Moose is my favorite animal. Mind you from a distance!

If you cannot find Melissa at the front desk in the library, then check out “the room of requirement … aka Harry Potter closet”. For Meg, we are not quite sure yet what room she will feel most at home in the library.

We are very happy and lucky to welcome Melissa and Meg to our library team. May the library bring them many happy returns.

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