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From: Shelagh Paterson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Canadian Reading Programs for Kids
To: The Partnership <[log in to unmask]>

Hello to The Partnership - as mentioned at a previous meeting, The Forest of Reading program has reading categories for all ages within k-12. Recognizing that there are a range of provincial reading programs in specific age categories across the country, we hope some of the Forest age categories can complement these and invite your associations to promote. We have received great feedback from school libraries and public libraries since the pandemic hit as the Forest provides a lot of virtual programming and is helpful for I Read Canadian Day (February 17, 2021)....
Shelagh Paterson, MLIS, executive director
m. 416 807-0306

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The Forest of Reading is looking for more public libraries to participate in the 2021 program. Join the dozens of library systems that are already involved. In many cases, school libraries are not open for students or for loaning books. Public libraries are being innovative during this global pandemic, working with their community schools and creating great online programming using the Forest of Reading. The program is ready to go for your staff and is an excellent way to engage with your young patrons.





If you want to register all of your branches please email the Director of the Forest of Reading, Meredith Tutching at [log in to unmask] for preferred pricing and enrollment.


Don’t let this pandemic prevent our young people from reading the newest and best Canadian books. This program gives them exciting content and a voice when they vote in the Spring for their favourites!


How the Forest of Reading can still work in your library with all of the new protocols?


The Forest of Reading is a program that engages kids and gets them reading for fun. During these challenging times of new routines, limitations, and role changes in libraries, we want you to be able to include the Forest of Reading in your upcoming programming.


Here are some ways of bringing the Forest into your library program:


  • Create a video of yourself giving booktalks on the nominated titles that can be shared with your patrons through your website and social media.
  • Celebrate the I Read Canadian Day on February 17, 2021 with the Forest of Reading books.
  • Order the titles now to get them in circulation so that as many patrons as possible can access them. The titles can be purchased from official wholesaler, Tinlids Inc. that directly supports the program.
  • Reach out to the schools in your community to offer a program virtually.
  • Build your social media presence by using the Forest of Reading as a perk to be part of the library community.
  • Connect with the homeschool organizations in your community to get them to run their book club with your library.
  • Use the activities on www.forestofreading.com (for registered users only) to share with your programming team and run your children and young adult programs.
  • Many of the Forest titles are available in other formats (audio, ebook etc.). Ensure your library has these titles in multiple formats.
  • Be sure to follow your Health Department and/or Board guidelines regarding quarantining returned books.
  • Host a virtual book club! Create a virtual trivia game (e.g. Kahoot! Trivia), have everyone dress according to the theme of the book and bring snacks to their computer! Get kids talking about what they love about the book(s) they read.
  • Hold a mini battle of the books with a local school. Many libraries have done this great success before the pandemic and during.


And of course,

  • Consider having a nominee (author and/or illustrator) visit your library program virtually to talk to your patrons at home.


Just a friendly reminder…

The Forest of Reading titles are curated lists selected by library professionals from the school and public library sectors. The Forest of Reading does not own the rights to the nominated titles. Purchasing a hard copy or alternate format of the book (ebook, audio book etc.) are the responsibility of the school, library or family that is running the program. The publishers of the books are the ones that dictate the permissions and rights for their titles.


For more information please contact [log in to unmask].


Happy Reading, 

From the folks at the Forest of Reading!




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