Wonderstruck

A few years ago, a young reader came up and handed me Brian Selznick’s WONDERSTRUCK, saying it had changed her life. She wasn’t even going to pick it up…at 640 pages, it’s a HUGE book. But mostly pictures, it tells the story through art and text of two teenagers from two totally different eras…1927 and 1977. Both characters are deaf, and they communicate their stories of love and loss and pain through time, each in their own unique way.

Now, they’ve made it into a film–Selznick wrote the screenplay–and I can’t wait to see how they incorporate both ideas into something all of us can see. (I read somewhere that Rose’s part of the book, which was told in pictures, is going to be shot as a silent film. Isn’t that unique?) It promises to remain as creative and engaging as the book. I hope it lives up to my young reader’s expectations.

You can see the first official trailer below.

Summer Student Position

We’re starting to think about summer at the library. I know, it seems a little too soon, considering we have hardly had any spring yet to speak about. But we’re always a few months ahead when it comes to planning, and summer is one of our busiest times.

This summer, we’re looking for a student Summer Literacy Tutor. The position is challenging, exciting, and creative, and we hope to find just the right person to help us expand our tutoring spaces. The lucky candidate will plan lessons, work one-on-one with a child in junior or senior kindergarten, and will be trained to help encourage and maybe even advance the literacy skills of a child who might be struggling.

If you are a student between the ages of 15-30, were in school full time this past year and plan on returning full time in the fall, then you meet the first of the requirements. Please see the full job description here.

If this sounds like the position for you, then you can send us a cover letter and resume. All of the contact information is on the employment link in the paragraph above. We’ll only contact those who are selected for an interview. Please have your resume in by Thursday, May 11 and 5pm.

Happy reading!

Money

James Patterson has done it again. No, I don’t mean that he’s written another book, although the man just has to sneeze and out comes another best-seller. But this time, it’s all about what he’s giving back, and it’s amazing.

This year, Patterson has promised $1.75 million to school libraries in the United States. Specifically, he wants to give $500 to 3500 teachers. While many school libraries have seen cutbacks (and this isn’t just an issue in the US), teachers often bear the brunt of the problem, having to supplement their meager classroom libraries with current books that will provide reading material for their students. Patterson knows it’s just a drop in the bucket, but that $500 will go a long way, especially in schools where they don’t even have libraries anymore.

This isn’t the first time James Patterson has donated money to schools. He launched the program in 2015 along with the Scholastic Reading Club as a way to bolster reading in schools. So far, he’s donated $3.5 million, and has no plans to stop now.

It’s nice to hear about people giving back to their communities, especially when they have plenty. Good on you, James Patterson! Let’s hope he starts a trend!

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!