Discover Melbourne’s best kept secret
Oct 11, 2022
Fiona Malcolm
Discover Melbourne’s best kept secret

I began when Collins had stumps

Full moon was needed, to miss a bump.

Wisdom stands in a niche on high

Watching over, with crowds to my seats,

But at my heart a library beats.

I serve knowledge for all

Standing for time immemorial

Seek me out, an artisans’ place

Books and music a treasured space.

(Riddle thanks to our friends at Prahran Mechanics Institute (PMI))

Senior Librarian at the Athenaeum Library, Fiona can’t remember when she didn’t want to be a librarian. From the moment she saw Batman on TV (Adam West version) and discovered Batgirl was a librarian her future was sealed. What could be better? Librarian by day, crime fighter by night. Fiona moved into public libraries 30 something years ago, where she shared her love of crime fiction with all and sundry. Away from the library Fiona enjoys reading, musical theatre, calisthenics, local and family history, gadgets, and travel. In March 2020 Fiona joined the Melbourne Athenaeum as Senior Librarian (just in time to close the library for COVID19)