Featured Face: Diamond Valley Children's Librarian Marlies Irvine-Tammes

Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 15:05

Meet Marlies Irvine-Tammes, the new Children's and Youth Services Librarian at Diamond Valley Library. You may have already caught her lively storytelling and singing during storytime at the library, but as you'll see below her melody making extends beyond the bounds of the library.

How long have you worked at YPRL?
Since 1 August 2011

What do you like about working at the library?
I love the freedom I get at Diamond Valley library to create fantastic programs and activities. I just love working with children all ages. The library has a courtyard and we have started a sustainable veggie garden. I love gardening so sometimes you can find me in the garden weeding or planting. We hope to start a food swap as well as well as a Junior Garden Club when school is back. I hope to make a scarecrow and start a worm farm with the children.
I’m going to start a monthly Dungeons & Dragons meet as well as a monthly Warhammer meet. So you can see I’ve been busy!

What do you like about Diamond Valley Library and Greensborough?
DV Library has such a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, especially over the holidays when it is filled with adults reading to their children while relaxing on the couches, children playing with the games provided, colouring in or, like right now while I'm writing this, lying in the reading tent reading books or magazines. The children’s area is well designed and has a warm feel to it. I don’t really know much about Greensborough apart from getting lost in the shopping centre. Savers is my favourite store!

What is your background?
I finished my Master in Information studies (Children’s services) last June. So I was lucky that this job came up just at the right time!
I have worked in children’s services for Moonee Valley Libraries since 2004, and worked in Hume and Moonee Valley libraries since 1999. In my previous life I was a primary school teacher. I taught in Holland for three years and then at the Sunbury primary schools for a number of years.
Recently I had a Skype session as part of a class reunion with my previous students in Holland. They are now turning 40!!!! Scary… I now keep in contact with some of them through Facebook!

What are your personal interests?
I like to sing. For five years I sang in the Pan African Choir, but it has folded now. It is a real shame, because we had a great bunch of people and we actually sounded good! Now I have to find another choir. Last June I started a choir consisting of only library staff to celebrate the National Year of Reading (It's called Off the Shelf.) This is a really fun choir, and we all get a buzz from our rehearsals. Singing is just so good for the soul!
I have just joined a ukulele group in Hurstbridge. I also enjoy crafty things and love tending my veggie garden. I like to walk my two dogs, Lachlan (pictured) and Tidy. They are good fun.

Favourite Books
I have enjoyed reading the YA novel Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and am looking forward seeing the movie. I have to try to read the other two books in the series, but they are very popular right now. Other favourites are The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Mao’s Last Dancer. Otherwise I enjoy reading biographies (I am always interested in experiencing other cultures)

Favourite TV Shows
I don’t really watch a lot of TV, but last season’s satirical program Hamster Wheel was very funny. I often select something on ABC IView and watch it on my laptop.

Favourite Movies
I love the movie The Red Violin. It’s a beautiful story about the 300 year lifespan of a 17th century violin, with a fantastic variety of music. It is a sometimes tragic, sometimes happy, fascinating love story.
Another great movie is Life is Beautiful a very moving and sweet, but sad Italian movie of a relationship between a boy and his father in a concentration camp during WW2.
If you want to watch something really scary, watch the Dutch/Belgium movie Spoorloos (The Vanishing). It is about the disappearance of a young Dutch woman and her lover's obsessive search. An American version was made later under the title The Vanishing, but they smoothed the ending. So try to watch the original!

What is your username on the website?
Keep reading the DV kids' blog!!


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