27 November, 2013
image from the
Forest of Reading
Welcome to ESA’s White Pine 2014
Join our Community of Readers
Welcome to our White Pine
Password: ask Ms. Wray
2014 Community of Readers.
You will receive - shortly - an eGeneral details about the
mail inviting you to join our
programme may be found at the
Tumblr blog. If you are not
Ontario Library Association
already a member of the Tumblr
Forest of Reading website
community, I believe you will have
Speciﬁc details about the White
to create a Tumblr account to
Pine books - both ﬁction and non- participate. It’s simple and free to
ﬁction - may be found at the
listings for the individual “trees.”
I have already posted a Welcome
I have created a password
note, and brief descriptions of
protected Tumblr blog to facilitate each book to the Tumblr blog.
discussion of our books online.
You may add comments to these
The pertinent details regarding
stub postings, using Disqus. You
the blog are as follows:
can also share your comments on
various social media sites, if you
URL: http://www.tumblr.com/ feel so inclined.
Again, I believe that you will have
to create a Disqus account in
order to be able to do this. Disqus
is also simple and free to sign up
for. If you need it, “whitepine” is
the Disqus shortname for our
I have posted some sample
comments to the ﬁrst of the books
I’ve read - Running on Empty by
Don Aker - but I plan on starting
a new posting for each book I
Look for a lengthier post about
Running on Empty, coming soon
(if it’s not already there by the
time you receive this note.)
27 November, 2013
ESA White Pine
more ways to
communicate and talk
The majestic Eastern White
Pine... the provincial tree
of the province of Ontario.
I have also created a closed Facebook
group for communications purposes.
Logon to Facebook and you should
be able to access ESA White Pine
group. Indeed, if you are receiving
this e-mail, then I will have invited
you to join the group via e-mail.
Warning! I don’t really “Facebook”... but
I promise I’ll try to check in on this group
every couple of days. Honestly... e-mail is
best for getting hold of me if you have any
questions or difﬁculties.
An ESA White Pine Book
The Festival of Trees
talking about books face A Writer’s Festival for
I’m hoping that we will be able to
organise a few meetings of the group
- opportunities to talk about the
books face to face... our own Book
Club. This schedule is TBA.
Read the books and you will also be
eligible to come with us to
Harbourfront Centre on May 14th
for the Festival of Trees. Celebrate
the nominated books and meet with
your favourite authors.
If you read 5 of the 10 ﬁction books,
you are eligible to vote for your
favourite next spring. Online voting
will begin on April 1st.
Please be sure to check in with
me, in the Library, as you read
The Forest of Reading
The Ontario Library Association
The OLA is the oldest continuously
operating Library association in Canada.
The OLA is also the largest library
association in Canada.
The Forest of Reading® is
Canada's largest recreational reading
program! This initiative of the Ontario
Library Association (OLA) offers eight
reading programs to encourage a love of
reading in people of all ages.
The Forest® helps celebrate Canadian
books, publishers, authors and
illustrators. More than 250,000 readers
I will be tracking your reading. And
yes, there will be prizes at the end of
And... please do bring additional
friends on board. Have any
interested readers contact me, either
in the Library directly or via e-mail at
Looking forward to a great reading
adventure. I’ve got one book read so
far, and am looking forward to getting
started on my second book.
participate annually from their School
and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/
Canadians are invited to participate via
their local public library, school library,
The White Pine reading
programme is designed for high
school students. If you know
someone - younger or older - who
loves books, encourage them to
participate in one of the other
“branches” of the Forest of