Lorna Toolis, the Head of the Merril Collection (the largest public library collection of SFF on the continent) retires today.
When a customer would say, “I’m looking for a book I read when I was a kid: it was blue and they could breathe underwater…”, we called Lorna.
When someone asked for more “…by that author who wrote the story in that anthology, can’t remember what it was called but it had a quilt on the cover? From the 90s, I think?”, we called Lorna.
And she could always, always, help.
Smart, funny, kind, possessing both a bottomless resevoir of encyclopedic genre knowledge and the adamantine spine required of librarians working in downtown Toronto, Lorna has been our friend (and savior) for decades.
We’re so happy for her, and wish her all the best in her new adventures.