Friday, February 28, 2014

I love the library!

Central Branch of the VPL in downtown Vancouver

Have I mentioned before that I love my public library? Did you hear that the Vancouver Public Library and the Montreal Public Library recently tied for best libraries in the world in a study from Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf? I'm so proud of the VPL!

One cool thing my library offers is the Just Ask! chat system. When I have a question I can immediately chat with a library staff member from on of the libraries across the Lower Mainland. I did so today when I read Cheryl Arkison's blog post about "The Orenda" and decided I needed to read this book asap. I checked the VPL catalogue and there were 533 holds on 61 copies. I clicked the chat button on the VPL website and had a nice talk with a librarian about a variety of books I could read while I was waiting for my hold to come in. I also learned that the reason the VPL doesn't have the eBook is that publishers won't sell certain eBooks to libraries because they're worried about digital rights. Boo!

Oh, and those recommended titles? Here's the list of books I'll be looking for while I wait my turn in line for "The Orenda". 

"Three Day Road" by Joseph Boyden
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple
"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes
"State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett
"Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett

Do you have any recommendations for me? One of my favourite recent reads was "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion (and not just because it had a red bike on the cover!) (but that didn't hurt!).


  1. I'm going to put holds on some of these books ... already have one on The Rosie Project. Thanks for the recommendations! And I love everything I've read by Ann Patchett, fiction and non-fiction. I should warn you though that some friends really dislike State of Wonder ... I liked it. I just finished The Patron Saint of Liars, her first book, and I loved it!

  2. i loved the rosie project, too! if you haven't read anything by rainbow rowell, you might like her as well (attachments, fangirl, and eleanor & park). all of them are terrific. state of wonder was also amazing and where'd you go bernadette was funny, but i was surprised, too, by how sweet it was. yay for books!

  3. Vancouver and Seattle are so lucky to have such fantastic modern architecture for their flagship downtown libraries, but I agree, Vancouver is luckiest. I also love the "Library Bar" even though I may be too old to ever go there again.



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