The votes are in!

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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:

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Silver Birch Non-Fiction

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Blue Spruce

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

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Silver Birch Fiction (Part of the 3 way tie)

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Silver Birch Fiction (Part of the 3 way tie)

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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!

It’s a Forest in here!

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(Getting ready for Forest of Reading®)

It’s back….Forest of Reading® at the Carleton Place Public Library!  This is one of our favourite reading programs and we’re excited to begin in December so that the kids have a head start. It runs now through the end of April, so there’s plenty of time, but why not drop in, sign up and get reading now?

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What exactly is Forest of Reading®?  It’s a wonderful annual program where kids from Kindergarten through Grade 6 aim to read TEN Canadian books from a selection based on their grade level, and then they get to vote on their favourite book! Once all the winners are tabulated, the Canadian authors/illustrators with the most votes win an award. What’s so unique about this?  It’s the only award given to a Canadian author that is only chosen by children!

This year, we’re planning something special with our display wall, so watch for more on that soon. In the meantime, the books are ready to go, and this year, we’re participating in the following categories:

Blue Spruce™ — Kindergarten to Grade 2

Silver Birch Express™ –  Grade 3 & 4

Silver Birch Fiction™ and Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ — Grades 5 & 6

And this year, we’re trying something new…..a French category for children in Kindergarten to Grade 4 called Le Prix Peuplier™!

In January, we’ll have more detailed information about the books and the categories and how the program runs. In the meantime, if you think your young reader would like to participate, drop by the library later this week to register and get started!

They came, they voted, they ate cake!

Last night was our Forest of Reading® voting night at the library and what an exciting night it was! We had plenty of voters this year, many who had read all 10 books in their category. They registered with Janet, who handed out the ballots and then the kids went into the voting booths and made their decisions.

There were plenty of tough choices for the kids. For some, it was down to the wire on which books they’d choose as their favourites. But after much thought, the winners in our library were as follows:

Blue Spruce – A Flock of Shoes

Silver Birch Express – Banjo of Destiny

Silver Birch Fiction -  That Boy Red

Silver Birch Non-Fiction – Don’t Touch That Toad

Everyone had a great time after the vote, eating cake and looking at their prizes.

Now, we’ll send our tabulations to Toronto, where they’ll be added to those of all the other participating libraries and schools. We’ll wait for the official announcement after May 15th and then let all our readers know which books won. It’s always exciting to see if our readers pick the same winners.

Thanks to Janet for all her voting help and a BIG thanks to everyone who read books this year and came to vote. Great job everyone!

One Month to Go!

For all our young Forest of Reading® participants, there’s only one more month to go. Don’t worry, it’s plenty of time to get enough books read in order to vote (all 10 books in The Blue Spruce™ Award category, and a minimum of 8 books in The Silver Birch™ Award (includes Express) category). We’ll make more of an announcement come voting time, but we have lots of young people reading the selections and crossing them off in our book one by one.

So far, I’d say the Blue Spruce kids are leading the pack with the most books read in our library.  We even have five kids who have finished all 10 books and are ready to vote!  During this last month, we’ll be a little more lenient about how many books kids can take home.  If it means getting more finished in order to qualify, we’re all for it! Keep reading, kids, and start thinking about which book is your favourite this year!

Forest of Reading winners announced….Update!

Here’s a quick rundown of the winners that were announced yesterday and today in Toronto for the Forest of Reading Program:

Red Maple : SAFE AS HOUSES by Eric Walters

Blue Spruce : SCAREDY SQUIRREL MAKES A FRIEND, by Melanie Watt

And for White Pine : KETURAH & LORD DEATH by Martine Leavitt

In Silver Birch Express, the winner was:

Things are Looking Grimm, Jill by Dan Bar-el

In Silver Birch Fiction, the winner is:

The Secret of Grim Hill by Linda DeMeulemeester

and in non-fiction, the winner is:

Secret Agent Y.O.U, by Helaine Becker

Congratulations to all the winners!

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