Now in the spotlight

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell HammettIf you’ve visited St James’s Library in the last week or so, you may have seen their first ever Customer Choice display. It follows on from their previous customer noticeboard, where people would recommend books and make comments to share with others.

This time, an individual, regular user of the library has put together their personal choice of books to share with other readers. Stuart is a former lecturer in architecture (now retired) and a professional photographer who has exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery, London.

Customer Choice display at St James's LibraryHis choices include On the Waterfront, Les Enfants du Paradis, The Maltese Falcon, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, plus works by Sappho and Henry Miller.

In a few days there will be another library user in the spotlight, and these displays will continue right up until the library closes later in the year. Come along and see the wide-ranging taste of the St James’s Library regulars!

The library staff have also really enjoyed finding out about the choices:

“Reading the recommendations and finding out why people have enjoyed something is a bit like having a silent conversation about books (or films, directors, music…)”.



2 responses to “Now in the spotlight

  1. I love the idea of including readers recommendations. I wish we could do that on the site too, but definitely in the libraries it’s a very good idea. I often like to take books out of the “recently returned” cart as I figure that, if someone else read it, it’s probably good. A sound initiative


  2. Pingback: The civil servant, the actor and a library’s final summer | Books & the City

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