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The Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading® Kicks Off For Another Year

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TORONTO, ON --(October 11, 2011) – With just one week left to go, the Ontario Library Association and S&B Books are excited to reveal the short-listed nominated titles for the 2012 Forest of Reading®. All nominated titles will be posted on the Forest® page of the OLA website on October 17th, 2011, which you can visit at http://www.accessola.com/forest


The Forest is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Almost 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.


The Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™, where 8000 young people join to celebrate Canadian authors and illustrators, will be taking place this year May 15-16, 2012 at the Harbourfront Centre for the fifth year in a row. In addition to Toronto, OLA will also be hosting two other Festivals in Ottawa on May 17th, 2012 and in Thunder Bay on May 18th, 2012.


This Ontario-wide children’s choice award program will present two action-packed days of readings, award ceremonies, workshops, activities, and other exciting entertainment. The Forest of Reading has seven fully operational programs, which are voted for by readers from across the province.


The nominations (full announcement on October 17th, 2011) will include the categories such as the Blue Spruce™ Award (picture books for kindergarten to grade 3), the Silver Birch® Awards (fiction and non-fiction from grades 3-6), the Red Maple™ Award (fiction for grade 7 and 8), the White Pine™ Award (fiction and non-fiction for high school), the Golden Oak™ Award (fiction and non-fiction for adults learning to read) and Le Prix Tamarac™ award (French language literacy for grades 4 to 6 aged children).


About the Ontario Library Association –


The Ontario Library Association provides programs, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members in academic, public and school libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programs and services of the libraries of Ontario.




For more information:

Meredith Tuching, Program Coordinator

Ontario Library Association

Phone: 416-363-3388 ext. 22, toll-free 1-866-873-9867

Email: mtutching@accessola.com

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