Service Alerts

Most library services have returned, including in person Storytimes, study rooms at some locations, The Labs and toys and activities in children's areas.
Is your Library card expiring? Check your account for an expiry message.
If your Library account is expiring, you can renew online. If you don’t have an expiry message, you do not need to renew.
Print from Home available!
Your Library is FINE FREE!

Forest of Reading Winners

Here is the press release for the Forest of ReadingWinners this year:
TORONTO, ON --(May 14, 2010) Each year, thousands of children and young adults of all different ages and grades from across Ontario come together for the province’s largest annual children literary festival, the Festival of Trees ™, which took place this year on May 12th and 13th 2010 at Harbourfront Centre.

More than 7,500 Ontario school children come together for the announcement of the hotly anticipated winners of Blue Spruce, Red Maple, White Pine, Silver Birch and Le Prix Tamarack. Everyone was pleasantly surprised and excited about the winners announced over the two days of the Awards Ceremonies. The winners included:

Blue Spruce Award (Kindergarten–Grade 2):
Jeremy Tankard, Boo Hoo Bird (Scholastic Canada Ltd.)

Silver Birch Express (Grade 3–4):
Cyndi Sand-Eveland, Dear Toni (Tundra Books)

Silver Birch Fiction (Grade 4–6):
Robert Paul Weston, Zorgamazoo (Penguin Group Canada)

Silver Birch Non-fiction (Grade 4–6):
Larry Verstraete, At the Edge: Daring Acts in Desperate Times (Scholastic Canada Ltd.)

Red Maple Award (Grade 7–8):
Susin Nielsen, Word Nerd (Tundra Books)

White Pine Award (Grade 9–12):
Pam Bustin, Mostly Happy (Thistledown Press)

Le Prix Tamarack (French Language Initiative Program):
Sylviane Thibault, Haut les pattes, Twister! (Pierre Tisseyre)

Honour Books - the following books were runner-up winners in each of the following categories:

Blue Spruce
Honour Book #1 - Crocodiles Play! by Robert Heidbreder illustrated by Rae Maté
(Tradewind Books)
Honour Book #2 - The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (HarperCollinsCanada)

Red Maple
Honour Book #1 – Night Runner by Max Turner (HarperCollinsCanada)
Honour Book #2 – Leaving Fletchville by René Schmidt (Orca Book Publishers)

White Pine
Honour Book #1 – Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka (Orca Book Publishers)
Honour Book #2 - Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollinsCanada)

Silver Birch Express
Honour Book #1 – A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes and Harry Endrulat. Illustrated by Brian Deines (Key Porter Books)
Honour Book #2 - Ten Lessons for Kaspar Snit by Cary Fagan
(Tundra Books)

Silver Birch Fiction
Honour Book #1 - Libertad by Alma Fullerton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Honour Book #2 - The Nine Lives of Travis Keating by Jill MacLean (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Silver Birch Non-Fiction
Honour Book #1 - You are weird: Your body’s peculiar parts and funny functions by Diane Swanson Illustrated by Kathy Boake (Kids Can Press)
Honour Book #2 - Inside Hockey! The Legends, Facts and Feats that Made the Game by Keltie Thomas Illustrated by John Kicksee
(Owl Kids Books)

Le Prix Tamarack (French Language Initiative Program):
Honour Book #1 - Le vrai de vrai journal de ma vie by Gilles Tibo (Imagine)
Honour Book #2 - Kila et le gerfaut blesse by Louise Simard (Trécarré)

More than 250,000 students across the province voted in seven reading categories. The complete list of nominated, award winning, and honour books are on OLA’s web site at:

Authors and illustrators from far and wide have commented on what an amazing experience the Festival of Trees awards ceremony can be. The opportunity to meet with thousands of young fans in one day is unique in Canada. “Although over these two days we announce the winners in each category of the Forest of Reading program, in fact we are all winners here! The children for reading and selecting their favourite book, the authors and illustrators for having a chance to interact with their readers and teacher-librarians and parents for being able to encourage and be a part of the excitement,” commented Peggy Thomas, Forest Chair Person and Teacher-Librarian.

OLA’s Forest of Reading is a series of programs each named after a tree and geared towards a variety of age ranges. Hundreds of professionals from school and public libraries coordinate the programs across the province. Through their library, young readers vote on their favourite Canadian book. The program is designed to encourage reading for fun.