Canada Reads 2024

Canada Reads 2024

Get ready for the Canada Reads 2024 debate with this years’ theme being: ‘one book to carry us forward.’ “When we are at a crossroads, when uncertainty is upon us, when we have faced challenges and are ready for the future, how do we know where to go next? This collection of books is about finding the resilience and the hope needed to carry on and keep moving forward.”

A list of the five finalist titles and the longlist titles can be found on our online catalogue.

The debates take place March 4-7 on CBC TV, CBC Radio and CBC Books 2024 and the contenders are:

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Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji; defended by actor Kudakwashe Rutendo

These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator’s experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.

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Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune; defended by fashion influencer Mirian Njoh

One day. One promise. Two lives forever changed. Random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects, in this breathtaking new novel from author of the New York Times bestselling and TikTok hit, Every Summer After. More than just a summer beach read romance though, this book also tackles important mental health topics and has a surprising amount of depth, with a personal connection and note by the author included at the end.

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The Future by Catherine Leroux; translated by Susan Ouriou; defended by author and former Canada Reads winner Heather O’Neill

Set in an alternate history in which the French never surrendered the city of Detroit, where children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves, where rivers poison and heal and young and old alike protect with their lives the people and places they love, Catherine Leroux’s The Future is a richly imagined story of community and a plea for persistence in the face of our uncertain future.

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Denison Avenue by Christina Wong; Illustrated by Daniel Innes; defended by former Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

A poignant meditation on loss, aging, gentrification, and the barriers that Chinese Canadian seniors experience in big cities, Denison Avenue beautifully combines visual art, fiction, and the endangered Toisan dialect to create a book that is truly unforgettable.

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Bad Cree by Jessica Johns; defended by athlete and CBC Sports contributor Dallas Soonias

In this gripping debut tinged with supernatural horror, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home.

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2023 Holiday Reading Guide

2023 Holiday Reading Guide

To celebrate the holidays this year, library staff have curated a list of new titles in our system sure to delight readers of all ages and foster lots of festive cheer. Even more of our recent favourites can be found on our online catalogue.

Feel-Good Hallmark Holiday Vibes 

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Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley

As strangers and seatmates Maryam Aziz and Anna Gibson fly to Toronto over the holidays—Maryam to her sister’s impromptu wedding, and Anna to meet her boyfriend’s wealthy family for the first time—neither expect that severe turbulence will scare them into confessing their deepest hopes and fears to one another or that they will get snow stayed in the cutest little Canadian small town over Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas.

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It Happened One Christmas by Chantel Guertin

A charming and rollicking holiday rom-com about a big-city film director who must convince the dreamy, yet grumpy, mayor of a small Quebec town to give her the permit to shoot her Christmas movie in his idyllic hometown. Perfect for fans of Hallmark holiday movies.

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The Book Club Hotel by Sarah Morgan

A heartfelt exploration of change, the power of books to heal, and the enduring strength of female friendship. Three long-time friends reunite for the holidays for their annual girls’ book club vacation, landing at a picturesque Vermont inn that’s owned by a single mother and recent widow. Full of family secrets and lots of drama this delivers on all the feels.

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Hallmark After Dark Vibes

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Christmas Presents by Lisa Unger

Coupling a picturesque, cozy setting with a deeply unsettling suspenseful plot, Christmas Presents is a chilling seasonal novella about a true crime podcaster who is determined to solve a cold case and the woman who’s trying to keep the past in the past.

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Murder Most Royal by S.J. Bennett

Agatha Christie meets The Crown in this much-anticipated third book of the ‘Her Majesty The Queen Investigates’ mystery series. It is December 2016 and when the Queen comes across a severed hand she is able to quickly identify the victim, finding the killer however, proves much more complicated. Perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin.

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The Twelve Books of Christmas by Kate Carlisle

In this 17th installment of the Bibliophile cozy mystery series, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright and her hunky security-expert husband, Derek Stone, face a locked-room murder mystery during their holidays in Scotland. Asked to help solve the disappearance of twelve rare books, things get deadly fast when one of the other guests is poisoned and another is shot through the heart with an arrow.

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Young Adult Fiction

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Sleepless in Dubai by Sajni Patel

From the author of My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding comes this hilarious, smart, and swoon-worthy rom-com about two teens traveling to Dubai for Diwali

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Juvenile Fiction

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Very Bad Holiday by Kate Howard

When Christmas is unexpectedly cancelled, thwarting their city-wide holiday heist, the Bad Guys must do the unthinkable: reignite the city’s holiday spirit by giving instead of taking.

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Picture Books

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Peas on Earth written by Huw Lewis Jones; illustrated by Ben Sanders

In this bitingly refreshing picture book, Bad Apple faces his greatest challenge: festive cheer. It’s Christmas day and everyone is just so . . . jolly . Granny Smith has kick-started the caroling, and the Cheese family’s merriness is grating to say the least. But it’s the arrival of Pea and his extended family that really puts Bad Apple’s goodwill to the test. Sure to entertain the whole family, Peas on Earth serves up a refreshingly bitter counterbalance to sickly sweet Christmas books, without sacrificing its goodwill message.

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Santa’s Gotta Go! written by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Courtney Lovett

The number one thing on Monte and Mabel’s Christmas wish list is the chance to hang out with Santa Claus. So when his sleigh breaks down in their yard as he’s finishing up his last delivery, they couldn’t be more delighted–Santa’s gonna stay with them while he waits for spare parts to be delivered! It’s a dream come true . . . or is it? It turns out Santa doesn’t have a lot of experience being a houseguest, and likes to rock out late at night and swigs spaghetti sauce from the jar. But when he messes with Dad’s motorcycle and Mabel’s computer tablet, he’s gone a step too far and the whole family agrees–Santa’s gotta go! Readers will get a kick out of this hilarious holiday tale about being careful what you wish for.

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Passport to Discovery – Peace and Kindness

Passport to Discovery – Peace and Kindness

Calling all young explorers! Your next adventure starts today! Join us as we practice more peace and kindness!

Let’s get started:

  • Pick up a Take & Make Kit from your library branch to make a poppy or a peace dove.
  • Play Kindness Bingo.
  • Use our conversation prompts to have important discussions about conflict resolution.
  • Read one of these books from our collection that explore peace, kindness and friendship.
  • Download this month’s activity sheet if you prefer to get started from home.

Explorers are welcome to join the program at any time. Here’s how it works:

  • Pick up a passport from your local branch to begin a full year of learning, reading, doing, and having a whole lot of fun!
  • Visit your local branch each month to pick up a themed craft kit and activity sheet.
  • Complete at least one of the activities
  • Return to the branch to get your passport stamped and ballot entered into a grand prize draw for a tablet! The draw will take place at the end of the program in February 2024.
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and the Huron County Library is pleased to announce the addition of decodable books to its accessible collections.

Dyslexia is a hereditary disability that makes it difficult to read, write or spell. Dyslexia is not caused by bad parenting, a lack of access to reading materials, or lack of intelligence. According to the International Dyslexia Association, roughly 15-20 per cent of the population has a language-based learning disability, with Dyslexia being the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

On top of the symptoms, many people experiencing Dyslexia feel anxiety around reading and may avoid situations where they may be required to read. The Huron County Library believes that reading is for everyone and aims to make it more accessible with the addition of these materials to our collection. We thank the International Dyslexia Association Ontario for supporting the purchase of these books.

What are decodable books? They are books that are specifically designed to be easier for people with Dyslexia to read. Some features that appear in decodable books include dyslexia-friendly font, hi-lo content (which means books discussing higher level concepts while remaining at a lower reading difficulty), justified text, off white paper, and heavier weight paper.

To learn more about these materials, speak with your local branch staff or start exploring the full collection through our online catalogue.

The Huron County Library is also a member library of the Centre for Equitable Library Access which also offers access to a collection of over 1 million books, magazines, newspapers in a choice of accessible formats for people with a print disability. 

Summer Reading Week 6: Plants Aplenty

Summer Reading Week 6: Plants Aplenty

This week be prepared to take a look at how crazy and amazing plants actually are! We will learn that they do a lot more for their survival and our environment than we may have thought – they don’t just sit there!  What do plants eat? Bugs? Sunshine? Cheese sandwiches? Join us for week 6 and find out! This week’s theme is “Check this out! Plants Aplenty!

To have fun exploring this week’s theme from home, download our “plant-iful” colouring sheet and check out this week’s online reading list – we have “plant-y” of themed books there! (sorry for the puns, we couldn’t help it 🌱) And as always, we encourage you to head to your local library branch to find even more amazing books! We hope to see you there!

Enjoy the sunshine this week!

Nadine and Maya


Summer Reading Week 5: Monster Mayhem

Summer Reading Week 5: Monster Mayhem

This week we are making some friends that are… a little bit different than the usual! Check this out! Monster Mayhem! We are learning that not all monsters are scary, just misunderstood, and some monsters need confidence and the power of friendship to defeat! Some can even teach us a thing or two about our emotions and how to deal with them! We need your bravery, confidence, and creativity this week at the library for our session to face these monsters together! We hope to see you there! 

To have fun exploring this week’s theme at home, download our monstrous colouring sheets and have a look through this week’s marvelous reading list!  Head over to your local library branch and see if you can find a friendly monster book! 

Keep reading!

Nadine and Maya