About Us

A stack of books on a window sill surrounded by house plants.

Looking for reading recommendations? Or something to watch? To listen to? You’ve come to the right place! Hot Off the Shelf is a staff-run blog that shares in-depth reviews on VPL’s collection, as well as commentary on culture, media, and current events.

Remember to come back and check out our new content each week! Leave us a comment, send us an email, or reach us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Meet our Bloggers


Alyssia is an Information Assistant with a background in literature, art history, and publishing. Nothing makes her happier than a great book and a great cup of coffee. She loves fiction in all formats – books, movies, television, you name it – and is always on the lookout for awesome new music. When not at work you can usually find her in a café, at a movie theatre, or picking wildflowers in a park.


Claire is an Information Assistant at Vaughan Public Libraries. Avid cooker, concertgoer, coffee drinker, TV and movie watcher, washi tape enthusiast, and unabashed fan of romance in all its varieties (even Hallmark movies). 


Adam is a Digital Creation Specialist – Children who never has enough shelf space for his board game collection, wall space for his photographs, or stomach space for his baking. Once he’s got a book in his clutches (preferably a fantasy, or humorous non-fiction one) absolutely nothing else is getting done that day. Working in a library is a blessing and a curse to his free time.


Sumayyah is an Information Assistant at the Vaughan Public Libraries. She’s also a bookworm and aspiring author, constantly dreaming up a multitude of different stories and wrestling with actually finishing any of them.

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