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.

And the winners are…..

Last month, our young readers came to the library to vote on their favourite Forest of Reading® book. They’d been reading since early December, and we picked many great books as winners this year. Our picks:


And now, the official winners have been announced from all the votes tabulated in Toronto!  How did we do?  See for yourselves:

10247309_746203675441914_1398669015164190665_nBlue Spruce 2014 Winner!

 One_Step_TimeSilver Birch Non-Fiction 2014 Winner!

Record-BreakerSilver Birch Fiction 2014 Winner!

 secretSilver Birch Express 2014 Winner!

We picked two out of four this year. Not too bad!  Congratulations to all the winners!

It’s Time to Vote!

Tonight, we’re opening the library doors for our young voters in the Forest of Reading® program! We’ve been reading books since early December, and tonight is FINALLY the night to make our decisions!


And here’s the fun part….after the vote, we’re having a party!  Even if your young reader didn’t complete all the books necessary to vote, they’re invited to the party!  And there will be lots of fun to go around, maybe even a special prize.

As for the winners, we’ll announce our picks tomorrow on our Facebook page. When the official winners are announced in mid to late May, we’ll post those as well so that we can see how we did. I’m hoping we’ll pick the same winners everyone else did.

Good luck to all of the nominees, and happy voting, readers!

Are You on the List?

Forest of Reading™  is wrapping up for another year. We’ve had 77 readers join us from December through to now, reading their little hearts out! While not everyone is finished, there are still a few weeks to try to catch up. Our voting night with be Thursday, April 24th from 6 – 7 pm.



Readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6 have been busy getting through 8 – 10 books in their respective categories. BLUE SPRUCE® readers must read all 10 books in order to be able to vote, but the selections were so good this year, I don’t think many kids will have a problem.  For SILVER BIRCH EXPRESS®,  SILVER BIRCH FICTION® and NON-FICTION, readers must complete at least eight books in order to be able to vote. So far, we have a good spattering of kids in all categories who have finished, and many who are doing their best to get there.


Sorry, they MUST read all the books required in their category. We do this so that they’ll have a better sense of all the books in order to make a good comparison. Plus, it’s a challenge, and we want them to try to meet it. But don’t worry, if they haven’t read enough books, they can still come to the party.


Of course! When the kids come to vote, we’ll give them a secret ballot, and they’ll be able to go to one of the confidential polling stations in the library to choose their favourite book. After, we’ll have a fun party in the back room!  There will be cake, prizes for those who have finished, and maybe even a special certificate or two. And once all the votes are in, we’ll do a special tabulation and announce the winners chosen in our library. This is the best part of the evening, usually!


No!  Once we have all our votes in here, we send our votes off to Toronto and they are compiled with the rest of the province. Sometime in May, the final winning books will be announced on the Forest of Reading page. Don’t worry, you don’t have to check back. We’ll post the winning books here on the blog and in the library. I wonder if we’ll pick all the winners this year? The winning author and/or illustrator are given a very special award. After all, the book was chosen as the best one by all the most important people reading it….the kids!


We’ve been posting a voting list in the library for the last few weeks. If your child has been coming in and marking off their books as they read, we’ll have them on the “almost ready to vote list”, or the “Vote List”. If they haven’t been marking off their books, there is still time!  And it’s the ONLY way I’ll know they’re ready. Otherwise, we won’t be on our voting list. So, come on by the library and see where your child is at. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing them on Voting Night, ready to choose!

We’re Heading into the Forest!

It’s December, and that means Forest of Reading® at the library. We run this fabulous program each year from December through April for all our young readers from Kindergarten to Grade 6. If you’ve had a child participate in past years, this year looks like it’s going to be even better, with tons of fabulous books in each category!

How does it work?

During Forest of Reading®, children read 8 – 10 books within their grade category. The books are all by a Canadian author or illustrator, and have been published within the last two years. Once the kids read the books, they will pick their favourites and then come to our voting night at the library in April 2014. It’s a secret ballot, and the tabulations from our library are then sent on to Toronto to be amalgamated with the province results. Once they calculate the votes, the authors will receive an award at a special ceremony in Toronto in May. It’s so much fun!

Who can participate?

Each year, we participate in a variety of categories.  This year, we’ve chosen Blue Spruce (K – Grade 2), Silver Birch Express (Gr. 3 & 4),  and Silver Birch Fiction and Non-Fiction (Gr. 5 & 6). We’ll go around to the schools in December and January to tell everyone about the program and hopefully sign up a bunch of young readers.  But anyone who comes to the library between now and then may be asked to participate, too!

What are the books this year?

Every category is based on the type of reader best suited for it.  Blue Spruce has more beginning readers, so there are picture books only. Silver Birch Express is aimed at more of a mix—advanced and beginning readers—so there are picture books, non-fiction and even a few chapter books. Silver Birch Fiction has wonderful novels, both thick and thin, for all readers. And Silver Birch Non-Fiction has a variety of fascinating reads for those who might not be interested in fiction.

Blue Spruce


Silver Birch Express


Silver Birch Fiction


Silver Birch Non-Fiction

nonficHow do we join?

Just come to the library and we’ll get your young reader all sorted out. It’s free and they can take home a book today and start reading.  This is a great opportunity to get ahead during the holidays. Come February and March, we’ll have a lot of readers trying hard to finish their required books, so it’s nice to get them done early.

If you want to know more about the program in general, you can visit the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Website for lots of information. We hope to see your readers at the library to sign up today!


Forest of Reading® winners!

Last week, the official winners of Forest of Reading® were announced. After all the tabulations were done, these were the winning authors/illustrators/books that won:


Blue Spruce™ –


Kate and Pippin

Martin Springett & Isobel Springett

Silver Birch Express™–


Margaret and the Moth Tree

Brit & Kari Trogen

Silver Birch Fiction™–


Making Bombs For Hitler

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Silver Birch Non-Fiction™– 


No Shelter Here:  Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs

Rob Laidlaw

We’re excited because this year, our own readers picked three out of the four winners! And they were all great books, so it’s fantastic!  Congratulations to the winners. We’re looking forward to Forest of Reading® next year!

The votes are in!


We had a great week last week at the library, ending all our Forest of Reading® voting!  The kids arrived on Thursday night nice and early and had their chosen books decided.  We have a very official vote, with a secret ballot and everything. The kids waiting their turn, got into the polling station and then placed their ballots in the box. While we enjoyed a party and some rewards, Janet tabulated the votes and presented us with the official winners from our library!

Here were the winners:


Silver Birch Non-Fiction


Blue Spruce


Silver Birch Fiction (part of a 3-way tie)


Silver Birch Fiction (Part of the 3 way tie)


Silver Birch Fiction (Part of the 3 way tie)


Silver Birch Express

We’ll send all of our votes along to Toronto where they’ll be compiled with the other votes from libraries and schools across Ontario.  And once the official votes are in, I’ll make sure to let everyone know how we did this year! Congratulations to everyone who read books this year, to those who completed all ten books in their category, and especially to those who read in TWO categories (that’s 20 books!).

forest2.jpgAnd a HUGE thank you to Janet for taking care of the vote, to Sheila (and Bronte) for pouring drinks for an hour, and to Judi and the girls at the front desk for taking care of the extra crowd of people. We’re looking forward to next year already!