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!

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!

It’s a Jungle out there. No, wait, it’s a FOREST!

This week, we registered for the wonderful Forest of Reading® Program once again. This year is going to be even more exciting, with a new category and of course, lots of new books! While it doesn’t officially start until December here, I’m going to give you a little preview and explain the new category as well.

First, what is Forest of Reading®? It’s the largest recreational reading program in the country, where kids get to pick the winning books! They read from a selection of ten books in their age category and then vote at the end of the session. Once the child registers, all they have to do is come in and take out a book and get reading.

It’s a great program because there’s plenty of time to finish all ten books. We’ll start in December and run this through April. At the very end, we’ll have a special voting night and party to celebrate, and post “our” winning books. It’s usually lots of fun and the kids get to read a great selection of amazing Canadian books. Plus, it’s free!

This year, we’re running three different categories, including one in French! For kids in Kindergarten to Grade 2, we’re offering The Blue Spruce™ Award and Le Prix Peuplier. For children in Grades 3 & 4, it’ll be the Silver Birch Express™ Award, and for the slightly older set (Grades 5 & 6), we’re offering the Silver Birch Fiction™ category as well as the Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ Award category. In order to be able to vote in April, participants at our library will have to read at least seven out of the ten books in their category. Often, we have many readers who finish all ten books, however, and some who even move on to try the next category!  It’s very exciting.

Don’t worry, we’ll have lots more information closer to the start date in December, but you can read more about the program here if you’re interested. Right now, we’ve ordered the books and we’re going to start reading right away! We’ll also visit the schools in the coming months to get kids involved.  This is one of our most popular programs, so if you’re looking for a way to motivate your young reader, this is it.  Stay tuned!

They came, they voted, they ate cake!

Last night was our Forest of Reading® voting night at the library and what an exciting night it was! We had plenty of voters this year, many who had read all 10 books in their category. They registered with Janet, who handed out the ballots and then the kids went into the voting booths and made their decisions.

There were plenty of tough choices for the kids. For some, it was down to the wire on which books they’d choose as their favourites. But after much thought, the winners in our library were as follows:

Blue Spruce – A Flock of Shoes

Silver Birch Express – Banjo of Destiny

Silver Birch Fiction –  That Boy Red

Silver Birch Non-Fiction – Don’t Touch That Toad

Everyone had a great time after the vote, eating cake and looking at their prizes.

Now, we’ll send our tabulations to Toronto, where they’ll be added to those of all the other participating libraries and schools. We’ll wait for the official announcement after May 15th and then let all our readers know which books won. It’s always exciting to see if our readers pick the same winners.

Thanks to Janet for all her voting help and a BIG thanks to everyone who read books this year and came to vote. Great job everyone!

One Month to Go!

For all our young Forest of Reading® participants, there’s only one more month to go. Don’t worry, it’s plenty of time to get enough books read in order to vote (all 10 books in The Blue Spruce™ Award category, and a minimum of 8 books in The Silver Birch™ Award (includes Express) category). We’ll make more of an announcement come voting time, but we have lots of young people reading the selections and crossing them off in our book one by one.

So far, I’d say the Blue Spruce kids are leading the pack with the most books read in our library.  We even have five kids who have finished all 10 books and are ready to vote!  During this last month, we’ll be a little more lenient about how many books kids can take home.  If it means getting more finished in order to qualify, we’re all for it! Keep reading, kids, and start thinking about which book is your favourite this year!

Our Forest of Reading Winners 2009!

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The official Forest of Reading Winners have been announced!  Check out the winners on our page called Forest of Reading 2009 just on the right side of this site.

The Forest of Reading program had an official voting day, which was April 23rd.  Our library participated in the vote and all of the readers who were eligible to vote stopped by that evening to vote, eat some cake and win some great prizes.  We had a little trouble picking a winner in one category, so we decided on a tie, but otherwise, our group picked their favourites.  Here were the winners in our local vote:

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frostroyalmedalbirdsOur readers chose Dear Sylvia in the Silver Birch Express category and Newton and the Time Machine for Silver Birch Fiction.  There was a tie in Silver Birch Non-Fiction between Birds of Prey and Gold Medal for Weird. And finishing up in the Red Maple Fiction category, we had Frost as the winner and Royal Murder in the Red Maple Non-Fiction spot.

We’ve sent off our votes to Toronto and we’ll post the final winners on the blog as soon as they are announced. Thanks to everyone who participated this year.  It was lots of fun!

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