Have you ever wondered what a librarian’s all time favorite book is or what library staff read on their down time? We have too so we asked our staff! Salina Public Library staff were asked what their favorite books are and/or what they would recommend to anyone and everyone. Although some did admit it was difficult to narrow down, many staff sent us a short list of their favorites. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing these with all of you! We’ve broken them down by genre (some may fit multiple categories) so stay tuned if you’re looking for a new fantasy title, memoir, or something for your kids. For this first installment, we’ve compiled some of the Salina Public Library staff fiction picks that fall under Science Fiction and Classic novels. 

Science Fiction

  • “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin.
    Chosen by: Amy Adams, Head of Community Engagement
    “Jemison’s world-building and her skill at envisioning how those worlds affect her characters is so unique and compelling. I recommend anything she’s written.”
  • “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
    Chosen by: Kirstien Kroeger, Tech Support Assistant & Crystal Roberts, Tech Assistant
    Crystal says:
    “This is such a fun read. I first read it because it was one of my mother’s and my father’s favorite books.”
  • “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton
    Chosen by: Mark Messenger, Information Services Assistant
    “When I first read this novel – in my 20s – I was blown away by the science in it. It was my introduction to the late great (and irreplaceable) author Michael Crichton – after reading this I couldn’t get enough of his writing.”
  • “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
    Chosen by: Lori Berezovsky, Outreach Librarian
  • “The Stand” by Stephen King
    Chosen by: Mark Messenger, Information Services Assistant
    “Though hard to choose just one, this is my favorite of Stephen King’s books. It incorporates all of his talents in one massive tale of a post-apocalyptic America.”


  • “Sons and Lovers” by D.H. Lawrence
    Chosen by: Lori Berezovsky, Outreach Librarian
    “Such passion!”
  • “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf
    Chosen by: Portia Montoy, Programs Coordinator
    “Woolf’s writing style is so intriguing. She deals with such a variety of issues which I think is interesting, especially for the time in which this was published.”
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee 
    Chosen by: Heather Mettlen, Youth Services Programs Coordinator
    “‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.’ I read this book for the first time in junior high and have read it numerous times since. This story deals with the very important and sensitive topic of racism and is told from the point of six-year-old Scout. It is just a wonderful piece of literature. The characters have found a place in my heart. I love the eloquent writing of Harper Lee. This story has everything, sadness and happiness, racism and equality, injustice and redemption.”

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