We’re Heading into the Forest!

It’s December, and that means Forest of Reading® at the library. We run this fabulous program each year from December through April for all our young readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6. If you’ve had a child participate in past years, this year looks like it’s going to be even better, with tons of fabulous books in each category!

How does it work?

During Forest of Reading®, children read 8 – 10 books within their grade category. The books are all by a Canadian author or illustrator, and have been published within the last two years. Once the kids read the books, they will pick their favourites and then come to our voting night at the library in April 2014. It’s a secret ballot, and the tabulations from our library are then sent on to Toronto to be amalgamated with the province results. Once they calculate the votes, the authors will receive an award at a special ceremony in Toronto in May. It’s so much fun!

Who can participate?

Each year, we participate in a variety of categories.  This year, we’ve chosen Blue Spruce (K – Grade 2), Silver Birch Express (Gr. 3 & 4),  and Silver Birch Fiction and Non-Fiction (Gr. 5 & 6). We’ll go around to the schools in December and January to tell everyone about the program and hopefully sign up a bunch of young readers.  But anyone who comes to the library between now and then may be asked to participate, too!

What are the books this year?

Every category is based on the type of reader best suited for it.  Blue Spruce has more beginning readers, so there are picture books only. Silver Birch Express is aimed at more of a mix—advanced and beginning readers—so there are picture books, non-fiction and even a few chapter books. Silver Birch Fiction has wonderful novels, both thick and thin, for all readers. And Silver Birch Non-Fiction has a variety of fascinating reads for those who might not be interested in fiction.

Blue Spruce

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Silver Birch Express

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Silver Birch Fiction

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction

nonficHow do we join?

Just come to the library and we’ll get your young reader all sorted out. It’s free and they can take home a book today and start reading.  This is a great opportunity to get ahead during the holidays. Come February and March, we’ll have a lot of readers trying hard to finish their required books, so it’s nice to get them done early.

If you want to know more about the program in general, you can visit the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Website for lots of information. We hope to see your readers at the library to sign up today!

 

Forest of Reading® winners!

Last week, the official winners of Forest of Reading® were announced. After all the tabulations were done, these were the winning authors/illustrators/books that won:

 

Blue Spruce™ –

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Kate and Pippin

Martin Springett & Isobel Springett

Silver Birch Express™–

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Margaret and the Moth Tree

Brit & Kari Trogen

Silver Birch Fiction™–

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Making Bombs For Hitler

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Silver Birch Non-Fiction™– 

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No Shelter Here:  Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs

Rob Laidlaw

We’re excited because this year, our own readers picked three out of the four winners! And they were all great books, so it’s fantastic!  Congratulations to the winners. We’re looking forward to Forest of Reading® next year!

The votes are in!

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We had a great week last week at the library, ending all our Forest of Reading® voting!  The kids arrived on Thursday night nice and early and had their chosen books decided.  We have a very official vote, with a secret ballot and everything. The kids waiting their turn, got into the polling station and then placed their ballots in the box. While we enjoyed a party and some rewards, Janet tabulated the votes and presented us with the official winners from our library!

Here were the winners:

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction

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Blue Spruce

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Silver Birch Fiction (part of a 3-way tie)

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Silver Birch Fiction (Part of the 3 way tie)

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Silver Birch Fiction (Part of the 3 way tie)

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Silver Birch Express

We’ll send all of our votes along to Toronto where they’ll be compiled with the other votes from libraries and schools across Ontario.  And once the official votes are in, I’ll make sure to let everyone know how we did this year! Congratulations to everyone who read books this year, to those who completed all ten books in their category, and especially to those who read in TWO categories (that’s 20 books!).

forest2.jpgAnd a HUGE thank you to Janet for taking care of the vote, to Sheila (and Bronte) for pouring drinks for an hour, and to Judi and the girls at the front desk for taking care of the extra crowd of people. We’re looking forward to next year already!

Voting Week!

Yes, it’s that time again.  Forest of Reading® voting week!  Specifically, we’re voting on Thursday, April 18th from 6 – 7 pm, but if you can’t make it that day, feel free to drop by the library anytime this week before then.

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The voting list has been posted in the library.  If your name is on it (meaning…you’ve read at least 8 – 10 books & you’ve checked them off in our book), you are eligible to vote.  If you haven’t read enough books (but you’ve read at least 5), you’re invited to the party anyway.

We’ll post the list of winners that our library readers voted for later this week. And in May, we’ll let you know the official winners.  This is going to be exciting!

A Brush with Fame

One of the things we most anticipated at the Super Conference this past week was the chance to hear Canadian authors speak. I’ll admit, while Janet was eagerly anticipating the spotlight session with author Louise Penny, I was also looking forward to hearing nominated Forest of Reading authors talk about their experiences with the program. Both sessions took place at the same time, so we parted ways and found seats in our packed session rooms.

It’s funny how “regular” these people seem when you sit in a room with them. At my Forest session, the panel included picture book author/illustrator Rebecca Bender, charismatic author Jan Andrews, the funniest speaker of the morning–Kevin Sylvester, uber-famous juvenile fiction author Kenneth Oppel, Young Adult author extraordinaire Kelley Armstrong, French author Maxim Cyr and non-fiction author Cindy Watson.

forestThey each talked about how they got started in the program, their experiences with writing and lots of stuff in between. The session was pretty full and everyone had a chance to ask questions at the end. It was also fun later on at the Expo running into Kelley Armstrong who was busy editing her latest manuscript in between signing books and bookmarks. (She’s learned to edit anywhere, she said, due to her insanely busy deadlines.)

After my session, I raced  over to hear the last of Louise Penny’s talk. Janet had a great seat and enjoyed the talk VERY much.  But we were both looking forward to seeing her up close after the session during the book signing. Janet, thinking ahead as usual, purchased one of her books the night before to avoid the lineups and was only about ten or so people from the start of the line. Ms. Penny was gracious and pleasant, taking time to speak with each person who was having a book signed. And while she couldn’t divulge any secrets about her upcoming books (darn!), we managed to get a great shot of Janet alongside her favourite author. (Yes, she probably could have left the conference right then, completely happy.)

louiseBut the thing we laughed about the most was my paparazzi skills later on. It seems that I always get the most flustered with visiting picture book authors (I am a children’s librarian, after all!).  When we heard that one of my absolute favourite authors, Oliver Jeffers, was going to be there the next day to sign books, we made a special point of coming back to the Expo. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, they’d run out of books.  Yes, we got to see him signing books, but it was a little disappointing.  Never fear, however, Janet happened to notice him a while later looking at picture books at one of the displays. I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick shot. Yay!  (No, I wasn’t stalking. Honest.) It was a great moment, nonetheless.

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We came home happy we’d attended the sessions we wanted, and got a few extra moments of excitement by brushing with fame!

It’s a Forest in here!

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(Getting ready for Forest of Reading®)

It’s back….Forest of Reading® at the Carleton Place Public Library!  This is one of our favourite reading programs and we’re excited to begin in December so that the kids have a head start. It runs now through the end of April, so there’s plenty of time, but why not drop in, sign up and get reading now?

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What exactly is Forest of Reading®?  It’s a wonderful annual program where kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6 aim to read TEN Canadian books from a selection based on their grade level, and then they get to vote on their favourite book! Once all the winners are tabulated, the Canadian authors/illustrators with the most votes win an award. What’s so unique about this?  It’s the only award given to a Canadian author that is only chosen by children!

This year, we’re planning something special with our display wall, so watch for more on that soon. In the meantime, the books are ready to go, and this year, we’re participating in the following categories:

Blue Spruce™ — Kindergarten to Grade 2

Silver Birch Express™ —  Grade 3 & 4

Silver Birch Fiction™ and Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6

And this year, we’re trying something new…..a French category for children in Kindergarten to Grade 4 called Le Prix Peuplier™!

In January, we’ll have more detailed information about the books and the categories and how the program runs. In the meantime, if you think your young reader would like to participate, drop by the library later this week to register and get started!

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