Forest of Reading®

Forest of Reading® will begin in December, and we’re looking forward to it! For those who have never participated, it’s a great reading program for kids that allows them to choose a winning book. And the best part? All of the books are by Canadian authors or illustrators.

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How does it work? Starting in December, kids can come in and register in their specific reading category (by grade or reading level), and pick up their first book. Then, they have almost five months to read the selections. Each category includes 10 books, and except for Blue Spruce, we ask that kids read at least 8 of the 10 books in order to be able to vote. Because the Blue Spruce category is comprised of picture books, we don’t think it’s too difficult to get through all 10.

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I’ll be visiting schools starting in January to talk about the program, but it’s so much fun, we like to get started in December. Once your reader registers at the front desk, they can choose a book to take home to start reading. We’ll give them a brochure to keep track of everything….because it’s a long way until April and voting night.

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Then, we’ll get ready for voting night! Everyone who has read enough books in their category can vote. We ask them to mark their finished books in our binder so we can keep track of everyone eligible…..just like a real voting night! But the best part? There’s a party, too!

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Everyone who registers and starts Forest of Reading® can come to the party. There will be plenty of cake, a fun contest, and we’ll announce the winners from our library vote. After that, we send off our list to Toronto to be tabulated with the rest of the province. It’s so exciting!

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Once all of the votes are in, the winners will be announced.  This is the only award given to a Canadian author or illustrator that only kids to get vote on, so it’s a big deal for everyone nominated. We’ll be sure to post the final winners in the library as well. Drop in to find out more about this great reading program for kids.

Young Writers

We’ve had such a great time over the last five weeks running a Young Writers group every Sunday afternoon. We had snacks, did some fun writing exercises and made a lot of new friends.  Next week, I’ll try to post a few excerpts from the wonderful stories they wrote this month. I think you’ll be surprised!

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Don’t worry…if your budding writer didn’t get a chance to attend, we’ll have more like this in the coming months. Keep watching our Facebook page, or posters at the library for more information. We love our young writers!

Published in: on November 27, 2014 at 3:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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And his name is….

ShelfelfStarting December 1st, our new friend Cocoa will be taking up his post as our Elf on the Library Shelf!  He’ll be camping out in a new spot each day, so make sure you visit the library to see what he’s been up to each night. Don’t worry, if you can’t make it in, we’ll be sure to post a photo on our Facebook page to keep you in the loop. He’s promised to be good, but we’ve heard these busy friends can get up to some mischief.

Welcome, Cocoa!

Farewell to the Kiddos!

We’ve had a great fall session, but storytime, babytime and toddler time are finishing up for the end of the year. This week, we’ll have the last storytime and toddler time meet-ups, and then we’ll take a break until 2015.

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If you have been attending on a regular basis, we’ll make an announcement when you’re here this week regarding registration for 2015. If you can’t make it, please watch this space, as well as the library Facebook page for more information. For most of it, we’ll start registering in early December.

It’s been a wonderful fall, and we can’t wait to see all of our favourite faces in the new year!

Christmas Craft Night at the Library

This is always a busy time of year, so we like to get our young ones into the library to make all sorts of fun crafts for the holidays. Next week, we’re having our annual Christmas Craft Night for kids aged 6 – 11. There will be crafts, treats, and games. What more could anyone ask for?

20141117_150320The pretty star wreaths we’ll be making!

  Registration is full now, so we can’t accept any more crafters, but don’t worry….there will be plenty more craft nights in the New Year! Watch for our 2015 newsletter going out in December to keep up on everything that’s happening at the library!

Writers, Writers!

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We have lots of people participating in writing groups at our library this November. While the Camp NaNoWriMo version of National Novel Writing Month was popular in April, we weren’t sure if everyone was ready to go again this month. But…..we have LOTS of participants! Not only do we have several people who wrote books in April working on new projects now, we also have many new members…some who started their projects as recently as last week. Will everyone finish? Maybe not, but our library group is all about supporting each other and trying to encourage the act of creativity.

But I must add, our lone 12-year-old participant is kicking butt!  She is not only meeting her daily word counts, but surpassing them! Way to go, Beky!

The added fun this month comes from our Young Writers Group which meets each Sunday. The numbers have been expanding each week, so much so, we had to add another table this past Sunday to our Tween group! These kids take their writing seriously, let me tell you. We usually begin with a fun writing exercise, something to get them thinking creatively, and then we move on to reading some of our writing. The best thing? These young writers are always eager to take home a few new books, so they’re always being inspired! (All right, I’m sure some of the draw is about snacks, but you can’t write without snacks, can you?)

It’s nice to know our community has such a great interest in writing. Will one of these authors publish a book that will end up on our shelves one day? Who knows? It’s so exciting!

Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 3:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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