Full-Circle Library Fan

September 14, 2020

In 2007, self-proclaimed book-nerd and voracious reader, Jenni Capps was convinced she had landed her dream job when she began working at VIRL as a Page. She admits to being hooked on the magic of books from a young age and could not imagine anything more wonderful than spending hours at the Cowichan library after school.

Although she didn’t have dreams of being a municipal councillor back then, she always felt aware of her dedication to the community and she recognizes that her appointment to the VIRL Board of Trustees was a satisfying full-circle experience! She continues to be passionate about the value of a library within a society. “Libraries can transform lives. There is absolute value in having a place where anyone can simply exist…for free, it is a very special place.”

When Covid-19 first hit, she was appreciative of the time she was able to spend with her four-year-old daughter.  And despite how much Jenni enjoys physical books, she admits she took advantage of all the available eBooks, Lynda.com and Mango Languages.

“I find in these weird times, I’m often returning to books I know I’ve enjoyed before, maybe there’s something to that, lots of us are seeking familiarity I’m sure. I went for books I found quite immersive as I’m sure some folks are looking for a bit of an escape as well these days…”

Here are a few favourites Jenni shared with us:

Tom Robbins- Jitterbug Perfume

“Robbins is my favourite author, and this may be my favourite of his books. This novel is a wild ride, a great escape, completely absorbing in its idiosyncrasy. For fans of immortality, cheeky humour, and beets.”

1Q84 – Haruki Murakami

“I found this genre-defying novel to be a gorgeously complex, multi-layered, surreal experience. Reading this book feels much like one of those dreams that seems, inexplicably, to last years.”

The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

“For something less surreal, I love this incredible work of historical fiction. Immersive, elegantly written, and utterly heart-wrenching.”

The Golden Spruce – John Vaillant

Non-fiction pick: This was recommended to me by a friend who has lived in Haida Gwaii, where the true story takes place. From the first page, I was unable to put it down. Gripping, fascinating, and heartbreaking.

Stargirl- Jerry Spinelli

YA pick: I highly recommend this novel to all tween and teen readers. A celebration of individuality and kindness that doesn’t shy away from the darker side of wanting to belong.