Canada Reads 2016

The Canada Reads contenders have been announced, and it looks like they’re gearing up for a great debate! This year, the theme is “starting over”, and all of the books feature transformation or second chances, something I think we can all relate to in some way.

All of the books will be defended during the Canada Reads debates, which will take place from March 21-24, 2016. Each book is defended by a famous Canadian who will strive to make “their” book feel the most relevant, in order to earn votes. As well this year, there will be a social media panelist who will read the books and lead the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

This year, the books–and the celebrities defending them–are:

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Adam Copeland defending MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO by Michael Winter.

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Bruce Poon Tip defends BIRDIE by Tracey Lindberg

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Clara Hughes will be defending THE ILLEGAL by Lawrence Hill

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Farah Mohamed will defend BONE & BREAD by Saleema Nawaz

vinay-heoswalk-620And Vinay Virmani will defend THE HERO’S WALK by Anita Rau Badami.

You can find out more about Canada Reads, the authors, and the defenders at the Canada Reads website right here. It’s going to be an exciting event!

 

The William C. Morris Prize

ConvictionIn October, our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club read CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, and then were excited to be able to participate in a live Google Hangout with the author to discuss the book. It was a great afternoon, and we were thrilled that she took the time to talk with all of us. You can read more about our experience here.

And now, we’d thrilled that Ms. Loy’s book has been nominated for the prestigious William C. Morris Debut Award, given through the American Library Association celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. Hers is one of five amazing debut books in 2015, including:

finalistsBECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME, by Leah Thomas

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The award winners will be announced in 2016, so stay tuned!  This is going to be a tough race to the finish line. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Forest of Reading Begins!

Forest-of-Reading-LogoIt’s hard to believe, but it’s Forest of Reading® time again at the library! This is a wonderful reading program for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6, and it runs from now through the end of April 2016.

Forest of Reading® is a fantastic reading program that celebrates Canadian books. And the best part is that only children participate, read, and then vote for their favourites, allowing those Canadian authors and illustrators to win a coveted award for their work.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Children can register at the front desk and we’ll get them started. We’ll be visiting schools in the New Year to talk about the program, but we like to start in December to allow everyone to get a head start over the holidays. Some of the books in the higher grade levels take longer to read, so we want to give everyone enough time.

HOW MANY BOOKS DO WE HAVE TO READ?

Each category is different, with books ranging in scale to accommodate weaker and stronger readers. At the first level, Blue Spruce™, there are only picture books to allow children in Kindergarten to Grade 2 a challenge. In this category, students must read all ten books, and usually they are quite simple to finish in the allotted time.

For the other categories we’re running this year (Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™, and Silver Birch Non-Fiction™), readers must complete only EIGHT books out of ten in order to be eligible to vote for their favourites.

WHEN WILL EVERYONE VOTE, AND WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T FINISH ALL THE BOOKS?

At our library, we ask that readers in Blue Spruce™ read all ten books, and everyone else must read eight out of ten books in the higher categories in order to be eligible to vote. Since the program runs for several months, there is adequate time to read everything. Readers can take out one book at a time, but closer to the end of the program, we might allow more than one book per person in order for someone to finish up.

If a reader cannot finish all of the required books, they can still come to the party, which will also be our voting night. Voting takes place on April 21st, and we’ll have a fun evening talking about the books, and announcing the winners our readers chose.

To find out more about the Forest of Reading® program, please visit the site here.

You can also click on this infographic below to see more about how this program works, and who participates. Enjoy!

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The Man Booker Shortlist Announced

The biggest British literary award, the Man Booker Prize, has finalized its short list. This prize is so influential, it tends to affect sales in the US, even though US authors were not included on the list for many years.

This year, the list is the most diverse it has ever been, with four of the authors nominated being people of colour. But what the BBC says unites the booklist this year, is the “grimness of their themes”. This doesn’t exactly make me want to run out and read these books, but the award often isn’t mistaken in regards to the talent of its writers.

ManbookerThe nominees are:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS by Marlon James

SATIN ISLAND by Tom McCarthy

THE FISHERMAN by Chigozie Obioma

THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler

A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara

The winner will be announced on October 15. Get reading these titles now!

The Winners are Announced!

Forest-of-Reading-LogoWhile we had our official Forest of Reading® Voting night back in April, the final totals were sent to Toronto to be tabulated along with results from other libraries and schools across the province. Last week, the final winners of each category were announced. And the winners are……………

 BLUE SPRUCE

kindergartenTHE DAY MY MOM CAME TO KINDERGARTEN by Maureen Fergus

 

SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS

 chickenKUNG POW CHICKEN : LET’S GET CRACKING by Cyndi Marko

SILVER BIRCH FICTION

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 SILVER BIRCH NON-FICTION

 carrANNALEISE CARR : HOW I CONQUERED LAKE ONTARIO TO HELP KIDS BATTLING CANCER by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis

 RED MAPLE FICTION

threeTHE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters

 Our library didn’t do too badly, picking a few of the overall winners. If only we didn’t have to wait until December to start reading next year’s nominees!

Forest of Reading Voting Night

Forest-of-Reading-LogoJust a reminder, tonight is Forest of Reading® Voting Night at the library!  If your young reader is on our voting list, it means they’ve read at least 8 books in their category, or all 10 books if they’re doing Blue Spruce™.  But even if they haven’t read enough books to vote, everyone is welcome to come to the party.  There will be cupcakes!!

So, join us from 6-7pm for the vote, revealing our picks, and some prizes.  It’s going to be fun! (Results to come next week.)

Can They Vote?

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Forest of Reading® Voting Night is coming up soon—- Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7pm. At the moment, we have about a dozen kids who are eligible to vote—-they’ve read 8 – 10 books in their reading category, and several dozen more who are almost there. But no worries, there is still plenty of time for those of you who might have young readers working hard to finish their books.

WHO CAN VOTE?

Anyone who registered with us for the Forest of Reading® and who has been keeping track of their books in our binder will be on our list. They MUST complete all 10 books in the Blue Spruce™ category, or at least 8 books in the Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™, Silver Birch Non-Fiction™, or Red Maple™ categories. If they’ve been marking them off in the binder, then I know who has completed enough books to vote.  Please check the list posted in the library to make sure your reader is on it.

WHAT IF WE DIDN’T READ ENOUGH BOOKS?

This is an official voting process—-our results are sent to Toronto for the official tally so that the awards may be given to the Canadian authors and illustrators with the most votes. In order for a reader to honestly pick the best books in their categories, we’ve decided that reading at least eight out of the ten books will give them a good feel for the category. (In Blue Spruce™ it is all ten because they are short picture books.)

If they don’t read the required number of books, we cannot let them vote. However, EVERYONE registered for the program can come to our voting night party. We’d love for readers to see  how exciting it is to finish, and be able to participate in the vote.  We’ll talk about the books a little, announce our winners, and yes….eat some cake.

WHEN WILL THE OFFICIAL WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

Although we’ll pick our winners, it will take about a month for the tallies to come in from everyone participating around the province. We’ll leave our winners posted, and then will post the official winners sometime in mid-may.

If you have any other questions, please give us a call at the library. Otherwise, we hope to see you at the library on voting night!