Our Forest of Reading® Picks!

Last week, our young readers gathered to vote on their favourite books in Forest of Reading®. They’ve been reading books in their categories since December, and the time finally arrived to choose the winners.

We had students reading in Blue Spruce™, Silver Birch Express™, Silver Birch Fiction™ & Non-Fiction™, and Red Maple. It was an exciting night!

And the winners were:

In the Blue Spruce category for Kindergarten to Grade 2:

THE GOOD LITTLE BOOK by Kyo Maclear, and HARRY AND WALTER by Kathy Stinson.

In the Silver Birch Express category for Grades 3 & 4, it was a tie:

MYLES AND THE MONSTER OUTSIDE by Philippa Dowding, and THE ENCHANTED EGG by Callie George.

In the Silver Birch Fiction category, for Grades 5 & 6: THE NEST by Kenneth Oppel (see photo above).

And in the Silver Birch Non-Fiction category for Grades 5 & 6:

HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES: AN HONEST LOOK AT LYING by Kira Vermond.

And last but not least, our Red Maple Fiction winner for Grades 7 & 8 was another tie:

MINRS by Kevin Sylvester, and TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful Canadian authors and illustrators who were nominated. Now, our votes will be added to those from across Ontario, and the “official” winners will be announced in Toronto in mid-May.

We can’t wait until next year!

Forest of Reading®

Tomorrow is our Forest of Reading® voting night at the library. Young readers from kindergarten through Grade 8 have been reading books in their category since December, and tomorrow, they finally get to pick the books they think are the clear winners!

Voting starts at 6pm, and it will be followed by a “quick” party. Readers who have read all 10 books in the Blue Spruce category, or at least 8 books in all other categories are eligible to vote, stay for the party, and celebrate with all of the readers! It’s going to be a fun night, and we can’t wait to see what books they pick!

The Radium Girls

THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA’S SHINING WOMEN by Kate Moore is slated to be the next big non-fiction read. This is the fascinating story about hundreds of young women who painted watch faces and clock dials with a lethal paint that included radium. Not only were they exposed to this paint, they were required to do something called “lip pointing” their brushes—which was essentially licking the tip of the paintbrush to keep it from separating while they painted. After they began to develop horrible symptoms, including disfigurement and great pain, their employers refused to take responsibility. This book tells the tale in all of the devastating truth.

It sure will make you think twice about your watch after reading this. We have this book on order at our library. Make sure to get your name on the holds list early.

Goodbye.

We’re sad to say goodbye to Maren today at the library, but we’re thrilled that she’s off on a wonderful new life adventure.

Maren, we’ll miss your coffee cups, your book club organizational skills, and your book chats. (Of course, we’ll miss you, too!) Take care, and make sure to visit us when you’re back in this neck of the woods sometime!

Easter Weekend

We’re gearing up for a long weekend at the library…and that means some days closed. If you need movies, books, magazines, puzzles, or whatever you enjoy, make sure you drop by Monday to Thursday during regular hours this week to stock up.

Our holiday closures:

Monday to Thursday       OPEN 1:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday, April 14/17            CLOSED

Saturday                         10am – 5pm

Sunday, April 16/17          CLOSED

Monday, April 17/17          CLOSED

You can return all items to our blue return box that sits on the front steps of the library any day we’re closed, so don’t worry about trying to aim for the days we’re open. You won’t be charged fines for any days we’re not open, either. It’s convenient!

If you’re worried about not having enough to keep you busy this weekend, make sure you ask for your PIN so that you can access OverDrive, Hoopla, and more online during the days you can’t come in for actual books. It’s fun, and easy! If you’re not sure how, we can get you started.

Happy Easter!