What is Loan Stars?

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 joint readers’ advisory program run by BookNet Canada and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC/CBUC).

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Gillian Best

The Last Wave

August 2017 Pick

Loan Stars is a wonderful programme: who better to help you select a great read than a librarian?

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

The Spawning Grounds

September 2016 pick

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.

Robyn Harding

The Party

June 2017 pick

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!

About Loan Stars

Loan Stars is managed by a group of hard-working members of the public library and publishing communities:


  • Jackie Fry – BookNet Canada
  • Jefferson Gilbert – Canadian Urban Libraries Council

Library Representatives

  • Caroline Land – Edmonton Public Library
  • Claire Westlake – North Vancouver District Library
  • Kristen Caschera – London Public Librrary
  • Wendy Banks – Toronto Public Library
  • Jennifer Green – Oshawa Public Library
  • Kat Drennan-Scace – Hamilton Public Library
  • Emily Hollingshead – Drumheller Public Library
  • Andrea Johnston – Cochrane Public Library

Publisher and Vendor Representatives

  • Michael Gray – Library Bound
  • Edmund Salt – Whitehots
  • Karen Jakubczak – OverDrive
  • Lorraine Kelly – Simon & Schuster
  • Fred Horler – House of Anansi Press
  • Lahring Tribe – Penguin Random House Canada
  • Aleks Wrobel – Penguin Random House Canada
  • Holly Kent – Ontario Book Publishers Organization
Loan Stars also acknowledges the tremendous effort put forth by staff at BookNet Canada with support from the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

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