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From: Shelagh Paterson <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, May 28, 2020 at 1:17 PM
Subject: Fw: Exciting News for the Forest of Reading Festival!
To: The Partnership <[log in to unmask]>

The Forest of Reading Festival is live online June 16.

This free online event is hosted by CBC Books and features Canadian
children's authors and illustrators from across the country.
CBC partners with Forest of Reading Festival to bring 2020 award ceremonies
online | CBC Books
CBC Books will host an online award ceremony for the 2020 Forest of
Reading, Canada's largest annual children's literary festival, on Tuesday,
June 16.. Forest of Reading cancelled its live in ...

Shelagh Paterson, MLIS, executive director
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*Sent:* May 25, 2020 12:05 PM
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*Subject:* Exciting News for the Forest of Reading Festival!

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*Forest of Reading Festival Partners with CBC to Launch a Virtual Edition
of the annual event*

*The annual Forest of Reading Festival will move to a one-day digital
event, hosted and streamed by CBC Books*

*TORONTO, ON* (May 25, 2020) – The Ontario Library Association (OLA) and
the Forest of Reading are excited to announce the Forest of Reading
Festival, Canada’s largest literary festival for young readers, will be
presented as a one-day, free digital award ceremony event, through a new
partnership with CBC Books.

Everyone across Canada will have the opportunity to celebrate Canadian
children’s and young adult literature and authors on Tuesday, June 16.

“Having CBC Books as a partner in hosting this year's festival is a perfect
fit,” said Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library
Association. “For the first time, readers across the country will have a
chance to participate in the Festival and to hear from their favourite
Canadian authors and illustrators.”

CBC Books will host 40-minute ceremonies for the six English school-aged
awards to announce and celebrate the winners on their digital platforms.
For the French reading award programs, we’ll have details on those winner
announcements soon.

“Over the years we've seen how much the Forest of Reading Awards mean to
both kids and authors,” said Tara Mora, Executive Producer, CBC Books and
Literary Partnerships. “When we heard this year's festival would be
cancelled, we knew we wanted to help create a virtual celebration. We're so
pleased to be working with the OLA to encourage readers and support
creators at this especially difficult moment in time.”

The Forest of Reading consists of ten programs distinguished by age group
and reading level, each with ten nominated titles. The English school-aged
programs are Blue Spruce, Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction,
Yellow Cedar, Red Maple, and White Pine. French literature is celebrated
through the Peuplier, Mélèze, and Tamarac programs. The adult program,
Evergreen, celebrates excellence in Canadian literature. Over 270,000
readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries,
literacy centres, and at home.

Committees of library practitioners select the nominated titles and those
who participate in the Forest vote for their favourite books in April and
May. The winners of the program are typically announced in-person at the
Forest of Reading Festival in Toronto in May. However, due to the
challenges that faced the Ontario education sector this past year, all
in-person Festival events were cancelled on March 6, 2020. Since then, the
COVID-19 crisis ensued, and the OLA has been exploring options for hosting
virtual award winner announcements.

We are excited to work with CBC Books to announce the winners of the 2020
Forest of Reading Awards nationally, and to engage with readers, authors,
illustrators, publishers, and program supporters in this new digital space.

Follow the conversation #ForestofReading
and #IReadCanadian

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*About the Ontario Library Association:* The Ontario Library Association
is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with
5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries.
OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free
and equitable access to information. Our members research, develop and
participate in educational programs designed to provide exemplary library
services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the
Forest of Reading® program.

*About CBC Books*: Home to *Canada Reads*, *Writers & Company* with Eleanor
Wachtel, *The Next Chapter* with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC
Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a
shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges,
reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit

*About Tinlids:* Tinlids Inc.
is the official wholesaler for the 2020 Forest of Reading program.

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