One Hen wins Golden Oak Award

TORONTO, ON –(June 10, 2010) Hundreds of adult learners came together at the North York Memorial Hall on June 10, 2010 for the annual Golden Oak™ Luncheon and Awards Ceremonies. The Golden Oak™ Award Reception was held as part of a Toronto-wide Learners’ Conference organized by the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy (MTML) and the Toronto Public Library. During the ceremony attendees were given the opportunity to listen to a few of the Golden Oak™ nominees give a brief speech about their works and how they could inspire others through reading. The authors who attended the ceremonies were:

Deborah Ellis, author of Lunch with Lenin and Other Stories
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, author of Call me Aram

Finally, the time came to announce the highly anticipated winner of Golden Oak™. The winner of the 2010 Golden Oak™ Award was:

One Hen: One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
By Katie Smith Milway and Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press)

The Golden Oak™ Award is part of the OLA’s Forest of Reading® program. In this program, each series is named after a tree and geared towards a variety of age ranges. More than one hundred professionals from school and public libraries coordinate the programs across the province and close to 250,000 children, young adults and adults read the Forest of Reading® books each year. Through their library, readers of all ages vote on their favourite Canadian book. The program is designed to encourage reading for fun and is the largest recreational reading program in the Country.

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) creates programmes, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members who work in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and public libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information, and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programmes and services of the libraries of Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Meredith Tutching, Program Coordinator
Ontario Library Association
T: 416-363-3388 x22
mtutching@accessola.com