SIMCOE, ON – On May 13th, 2015 at ‘Canada’s Largest Literary Event for Children and Teens’ Norfolk’s very own Annaleise Carr and Deborah Ellis were awarded the iconic Silver Birch Non Fiction Award of the Forest of Reading program. ‘Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer’ was amongst the ten nominees in the Silver Birch category that is for readers aged 8 to 12 from grades 3-6.

The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program – more than 250,000 readers participate every year individually, or at their school or public library. This initiative offers eight reading programs for all ages, and each program consists of popular Canadian fiction and non-fiction titles. It is a Canada-wide program that was launched by the Ontario Library Association, but it is intended for readers across the country and those in Canadian international schools. The Forest occupies a major place of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape and encourages a love of reading in people of all ages.’

If you have not had a chance to read about Annaleise’s journey across Lake Ontario, please visit your local Norfolk County Public Library Branch and pick up your own copy for $10.00 each or use your NCPL card to sign out this read that tells her story of heroism. Norfolk County Public Library would like to extend their congratulations to Annaleise and Deborah for their achievements and recognition on a job well done!


For more information contact:

Norfolk County Public Library

46 Colborne Street South, Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 4H3

Heather King, Chief Executive Officer   ext. 1253

Phone: 519.426.3506 Fax: 519.426.8918