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Meet The Library Team: Maike

As part of this year’s Chester Literature Festival, we’re celebrating our love for everything words, book and libraries!

We wouldn’t be who we are without the incredible team who keep our library running from day to day, and we wanted to help you get to know some of their friendly faces a little better.

One thing we all share in common is a love for books of all shapes, tastes and sizes, so we asked some of our library team members to sit down and share some of their reading habits with us…


Hi! What’s your name and what do you do at Storyhouse?

My name is Maike and I am a library assistant/engagement team member. I am involved in the Not A Reading Group and adult craft amongst other things.

What do you enjoy most about working in the library?

Being surrounded by books and talking to likeminded readers.

And what are you currently reading?

Holly by Stephen King


What was your favourite book when you were younger?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

How do you organise your books? How big is your collection?

Mainly by colour and size, but some are sorted into non-fiction and fiction.

Can you describe your ideal reading scenario? (when, what, where and why)

Anytime, with a good novel, in my big cozy chair, because there is no better place!

If you could describe your reading taste in 3 words, what would they be?

Novels, contemporary, debut.

What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?

Work by Herb Ritts


What’s been your favourite book from the last 12 months?

Four Seasons in Japan by Nick Bradley

Who would be your dream Literature Festival speakers (past or present)?

Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella, Cecilia Ahern

If you could recommend one book that everyone should read in their lifetime, what would it be?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman