What is Loan Stars?

Loan Stars is the readers’ advisory service that allows library staff across Canada to collaboratively select their favourite forthcoming titles. Using CataList, the online catalogue tool available free to libraries, library staff can nominate their favourite adult fiction and non-fiction titles, the most popular of which will be marketed to libraries and library users alike.

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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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Claire Cameron

The Last Neanderthal

April 2017 Pick

As an author, there is no greater honour than having your book picked by the best readers--librarians. When The Last Neanderthal came out, I found many not so subtle ways to mention it, casually you know, in conversation.

Nicole Lundrigan

The Substitute

June 2017 pick

I went back to the library day after day. It was a reassuring routine, and somehow over many months, ‘The Substitute’ appeared on my laptop. When the novel was chosen as a Loan Stars selection, it was incredibly rewarding. Those characters came to life inside a library, and being recognized by librarians across Canada is extra-special.[...] I realized just how integral a library is to a community. It’s a place for everyone, and it fills so many needs. It offered me a welcoming home away from home to write. Every day I spent there, I was grateful for it.

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:


  • Michael Ciccone – Canadian Urban Libraries Council
  • Pamela Millar – BookNet Canada
  • Jefferson Gilbert – Canadian Urban Libraries Council

Library Representatives

  • Kristen Caschera – London Public Library
  • Caroline Crowe – Vancouver Public Library
  • Kat Drennan-Scace – Hamilton Public Library
  • Barbara Edwards – Vancouver Public Library
  • Margaret Elwood – Toronto Public Library
  • Jennifer Green – Oshawa Public Library
  • Caroline Land – Edmonton Public Library
  • Claire Westlake – North Vancouver District Library
  • Heidi Schiller – North Vancouver District Library

Publisher and Vendor Representatives

  • Michael Gray – Library Bound
  • Karen Jakubczak – OverDrive
  • Lorraine Kelly – Simon & Schuster
  • Fred Horler – House of Anansi Press
  • Lahring Tribe – Penguin Random House
  • Holly Kent – OBPO

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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