Loan Stars is the readers’ advisory tool that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles. Using CataList, the online catalogue service available for free to libraries, library staff can endorse the fiction, non-fiction, juvenile, and young adult titles they want to recommend to their patrons. The titles with the most recommendations become Loan Stars picks!
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Loan Stars is a wonderful programme: who better to help you select a great read than a librarian?
Librarians are the ultimate readers, so when my novel The Spawning Grounds was chosen by library staff across the country as a #1 Loan Stars pick, I celebrated as if I had just won a major literary prize. It’s an immense honour to have a book selected by such a well-read and informed ‘jury.’ Loan Stars library displays and promotion gave the novel a huge boost and helped it find a readership. But my real appreciation for the program comes as a reader rather than a writer. Loan Stars has become my trusted go-to resource for reading, and when gift-giving, I choose from Loan Stars picks.
Just before my novel, The Party, was published, it was selected as a Loan Stars top pick. This was the first validation I received that readers were going to respond to my book. And being chosen by librarians — the smartest, savviest, most voracious readers of all — made it an even bigger thrill!
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