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!

It’s a Jungle out there. No, wait, it’s a FOREST!

This week, we registered for the wonderful Forest of Reading® Program once again. This year is going to be even more exciting, with a new category and of course, lots of new books! While it doesn’t officially start until December here, I’m going to give you a little preview and explain the new category as well.

First, what is Forest of Reading®? It’s the largest recreational reading program in the country, where kids get to pick the winning books! They read from a selection of ten books in their age category and then vote at the end of the session. Once the child registers, all they have to do is come in and take out a book and get reading.

It’s a great program because there’s plenty of time to finish all ten books. We’ll start in December and run this through April. At the very end, we’ll have a special voting night and party to celebrate, and post “our” winning books. It’s usually lots of fun and the kids get to read a great selection of amazing Canadian books. Plus, it’s free!

This year, we’re running three different categories, including one in French! For kids in Kindergarten to Grade 2, we’re offering The Blue Spruce™ Award and Le Prix Peuplier. For children in Grades 3 & 4, it’ll be the Silver Birch Express™ Award, and for the slightly older set (Grades 5 & 6), we’re offering the Silver Birch Fiction™ category as well as the Silver Birch Non-Fiction™ Award category. In order to be able to vote in April, participants at our library will have to read at least seven out of the ten books in their category. Often, we have many readers who finish all ten books, however, and some who even move on to try the next category!  It’s very exciting.

Don’t worry, we’ll have lots more information closer to the start date in December, but you can read more about the program here if you’re interested. Right now, we’ve ordered the books and we’re going to start reading right away! We’ll also visit the schools in the coming months to get kids involved.  This is one of our most popular programs, so if you’re looking for a way to motivate your young reader, this is it.  Stay tuned!

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!

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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