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!

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.

The Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist announced!

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Early last week, the Scotiabank Giller Prize Short List was announced, and there are some great choices! The authors will have a variety of public events over the course of the next month, and the final winner will be announced on  CBC at 9pm on November 10th. Who will you pick as the winner?

 

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THE BETRAYERS by David Bezmozgis is about a disgraced Israeli politician.

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TELL by Frances Itani takes place at the end of the Great War.

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US CONDUCTORS by Sean Michaels is a mix of love, electricity and the jazz age.

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THE GIRL WHO WAS SATURDAY NIGHT by Heather O’Neill is the tale of two special twins and their charmed life.

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ALL MY PUNY SORROWS by Mirian Toews , a story about two very different sisters.

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THE EVER AFTER OF ASHWIN RAO by Padma Viswanathan is set in the time after the 1985 Air India bombings.

Long Lists Announced

The National Book Awards Long Lists are now being announced in various categories. These awards can go a long way toward bringing an author to the forefront, but they also strive to recognize great literary fiction.  This week, the Young People’s Literary Long List was announced, and the books are so great, I don’t know how they’ll choose a winner.

If you’ve been reluctant to get into Young Adult fiction because of the hype, these books are a wonderful place to start. There are seasoned authors as well as debut authors here, but we hope to keep seeing more from all of them.

The long list includes:

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THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

SKINK-NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford

THREATENED by Eliot Schrefer

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles

 BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Get reading!

Man Booker Longlist Announced

If you follow literary awards, the 2014 longlist has just been announced for the Man Booker Prize!  It includes quite a diverse group of books and authors. You can click on the links to find out more about each author and their books.

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TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler

THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt

J by Howard Jacobson

THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

THE LIVES OF OTHERS by Neel Mukherjee

US by David Nicholls

THE DOG by Joseph O’Neill

ORFEO by Richard Powers

HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith

HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams

Have you read any of these books, and if so, do you have a favourite?  Let us know your choice!