Tinlids Inc. Awarded Forest of Reading® Contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (June 25, 2014) – The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is pleased to announce that Tinlids Inc. has been awarded the contract as the official Forest of Reading® wholesaler, in response to an RFP process the OLA conducts every three years.

Tinlids is an independently-owned Canadian children’s and young adult book wholesaler dedicated to providing exceptional selection and acquisition expertise to Canadian schools and public libraries. Forest of Reading is an important program for the company and OLA is a valued partner.

“Forest of Reading has helped so many children and adults become engaged in reading!” says Maria Martella, Owner and Selection Manager of Tinlids. “We are thrilled and honoured to be the sponsor of such an important program. It brings everyone together – children, parents, teachers, library staff, authors, illustrators, and publishers, to celebrate the richness of Canadian books.”

As official wholesaler, Tinlids works closely with OLA staff and its members who develop and run the program. Currently, the Forest selection committees are in the process of reading and reviewing hundreds of Canadian books to develop the final lists that will be announced in October.

The Ontario Library Association offers eight programs that make up Forest of Reading and more than 250,000 readers participate each year. The programs celebrate Canadian books and authors and have a significant impact on the Canadian publishing industry for children’s books.

The program launches in October during Canadian Library Month and culminates in May at the Festival of Trees™ at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto that is often referred to as the Rock Concert of Reading.

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About the Ontario Library Association: The Ontario Library Association (OLA) is a centre of excellence for the library and information sector, with nearly 5,000 members who work in public, school, academic and special libraries. OLA enables members to advocate for the right of individuals to have free and equitable access to information. Our members research, develop and participate in educational programs designed to provide exemplary library services. Signature OLA events include the annual Super Conference and the Forest of Read¬ing® program. Follow us on Twitter @ONLibraryAssoc and like us on Facebook at Ontario Library Association.

Media and program contacts:

Meredith Tutching
Director, Forest of Reading
Ontario Library Association
416.363.3388 x222

Lauren Hummel
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Ontario Library Association
416.363.3388 x231