Forest of Reading®

We’re getting ready for another season of Forest of Reading®, and this year, we’re expanding! Our young readers are moving up, and this means we’ll be offering the program from Kindergarten right through Grade 12! It’s going to be exciting.

Beginning in December, we’ll start registrations for each category. Readers will select from 10 nominated books in each reading category, and depending on the level, they’ll be asked to read anywhere from eight to ten books over the course of the next five months. At the end of April, participants will vote on their favourite book in their category. All of our tabulations will be sent to Toronto and collected with other libraries and schools, and the winning authors and illustrators will be given the coveted awards for their books. This is the only award given to Canadian authors and illustrators that is completely chosen by children. Isn’t that great?

Stay tuned for a complete list of nominated books!

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Happy Labour Day!

We might be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out what’s going on this fall at the library! Check out our latest Fall calendar for kids, and the one for teens and adults. We have plenty of great things coming up—most require registration, so please make note of the dates to start signing up, as things will fill up quickly!

Forest of Reading™ Winners!

Last week, the winners for Forest of Reading were announced in Toronto. While our readers picked some of these, a few were surprises (although every single winning book was fantastic)! And the winners were…….

Blue Spruce:

Silver Birch Express:

Silver Birch Fiction:

Silver Birch Non-Fiction:

Red Maple:

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators who won! We can’t wait until next year!

Blue Spruce™ Winners coming soon!

This week, the official winners of Forest of Reading® will be announced in Toronto at the Festival of Trees. It’s like a rock concert for authors! Thousands of children will descend upon the festival, meet authors, listen to them speak, get books signed…and be in the audience as the awards are announced. It’s a big day for Canadian Children’s authors and illustrators.

We had our own voting night in April. Children who participated in the program at our library read books from December to April, and then voted on their favourites.  And on voting night, they made their decisions. We sent off our votes to Toronto, and we’ve waited for the last few weeks to see who would be the official winners. Will we have picked the same winners overall? Only time will tell!

Our picks:

Blue Spruce™ —

Silver Birch Express —

…..and (a tie)

Silver Birch Fiction™—–

Red Maple™ —- (a four-way tie for us…)

  We’ll announce the official winners early next week!

Forest of Reading® Voters

We’re getting close to Voting Night for Forest of Reading®, which is Thursday, April 19th from 6-7pm. Only those readers who have read enough books in their category are eligible to vote. Right now, our voting list is short, but the readers list–those who are almost done–is growing. With 3.5 weeks left, there’s still plenty of time to finish, so keep reading!

If you have a young reader at home who you believe should be on the list, make sure to drop into the library to update the book so that I have current lists of finished books for every reader. I can’t put a name on the list if if their checklist in the library is blank.

Happy reading…we’re looking forward to April 19th!

Featured Forest Reader

Our first featured Forest Reader is Aurora Gibbons. She chose THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield as her favourite Blue Spruce book so far. And now she’s well on her way to reading all ten books in her category.

If you have a young reader who would like to be a Featured Forest Reader, drop into the library to fill out a questionnaire when it’s time for a new book. We want to know what everyone is enjoying so far! It’s going to be a difficult choice this year, as all of the books are so good!

Keep reading…we’re not voting until April 19th….