The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest of Reading® helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their local school and/or public library.
The North Kawartha Public Library participates in five categories of The Forest of Reading® each year.
- Blue Spruce – Kindergarten to Grade 2
- Silver Birch Express – Grades 3 and 4
- Silver Birch Fiction – Grades 5 and 6
- Silver Birch Non-Fiction – Grades 5 and 6
The program runs in February and March of every year. There are ten books in each category and all ten have to be read in order to vote for your favourite. In April all votes are tabulated province-wide and a winning author and book is announced in May. The Blue Spruce books are read to the Kindergarten through Grade 2 students in their classes at Apsley Central Public School.
The Evergreen Reading Award is for adult readers who enjoy discovering and reading Canadian authors. There are ten titles of fiction and non-fiction selected by Librarians each year. You only need to read one book in order to vote and voting takes place during Ontario Public Library Week.
Everyone can participate! Look for the new books each February.
Please contact the Librarian if you have any questions or for more information.