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*National Libraries Day 2016*, Meet the Team – Morena

1 February 2016

Name & job title
Morena, library assistant.

Where did you grow up?

Before I worked in the library I…
Was a conservator (not in a political way!).  I worked in Portugal, Brazil and the UK. In the UK I worked in conservation of stone monuments in different historic buildings around the country and my first project was in St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow.  I worked in the beautiful chancel reredos, made of gilded limestone, and the mosaics.

I am currently reading…
Several books… ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus, ‘On Painting’ by Leon Battista Alberti and ‘Museums in the New Mediascape’ by Jenny Kidd.  In Bute Library I always come across amazing books I want to read and I feel life is too short to read them all!

What are your favourite things about Cardiff? Any hidden gems?
I love being able to cycle everywhere, Chapter and lying in Bute Park in a warm and sunny day. AND welsh cakes!  The National Museum has the best ones!

What’s your favourite place in the world (besides Cardiff!)?
I think it’s home, in Portugal.  A small village in the mountains in Algarve.  I love the smell of certain plants when the air is warm.  And the sun!

What’s the best thing about working here in the library?
I love the academic environment.  I enjoy the organization and talking with students.  Some tell us what they are working on and it’s always interesting and inspiring.

If you didn’t work in a library, what would be your dream job?
I have a few dream jobs!… But now I would like to be a baker.

What’s your most unusual or surprising library query?
I always find it funny when people come to the desk and say “Hi, I’m looking for a book”.  It makes me laugh.