Fun fact: Loan Stars is a curious service. Not curious as in "strange" — although strange (and wonderful) things have happened around the office — but curious as in inquisitive. As in, we like to ask the hard questions and get answers on matters we really care about. And what do we really care about? That's easy: libraries.
For past blog posts, we've sought out different members of the library community to give us their top picks. We've looked into how many awards Loan Stars titles have won (a lot; the answer is a lot). We've even asked (and will probably keep asking) library staff about their favourite genres and recent reads. But you know what we've never asked? What do our chosen authors actually think about libraries? Do they share our love? Do they have a favourite branch? Do they secretly wish there was a vacation package where you could rent entire aisles like you would a cabin and just stay there for a week with a pile of books and unlimited, all-day breakfast?
We decided to find out. Here are some of our favourite quotes from authors of past Loan Star top picks, ranging from the impact libraries had on their childhoods to their creative endeavours. As it turns out, all of these authors are Canadian, which we didn't realize until we checked CataList and saw the maple leaves next to their names!
If you ever want to narrow your search in CataList so it only returns Canadian authors, you can do that! Simply use the "Advanced Search" button next to the regular search bar and click the "Select Canadian contributors only" box under the "Contributor(s)" field. There will be so many tiny maple leaves for you to scroll through.
So, what do Loan Stars authors think about Canadian libraries?
Libraries & childhood
Libraries & Writing
All of these authors have clearly made connections with libraries, and we want to keep helping intrepid library staff and patrons make connections with them. Visit our website to discover past winners, and Canadian library staff can join CataList to vote for the next generation of top picks.
Most of all we just want to say that libraries are essential, and we value the recommendations of all our participating library staff. Our goal is to not only make their expert opinions known to others, but also to help them connect with new and emerging authors that may have snuck past their to-be-read piles. Want to participate? You can find out how here. And did we mention the free books? Because there are a lot of free books.
We have one last question for all you library staff members out there: Who's awesome?