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FOREST OF READING® FESTIVAL OF TREES™ WELCOMES
THOUSANDS OF YOUNG READERS TO HARBOURFRONT CENTRE


What:
Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ welcomes thousands of young readers to the Harbourfront Centre site each year for two days of activities celebrating the love of reading—award ceremonies, fun workshops, book signings, cartooning duels and more! Events are the culmination of thousands of votes and 250,000 participants from across Ontario.

Presented by the Ontario Library Association and IFOA

When:
Wednesday, May 14th & Thursday, May 15th, 10am–2pm

Where:
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Who:
More than 70 authors/illustrators, hundreds of Ontario schools and thousands of attendees

Participants for this year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ include: Forest of Reading®-nominated authors K.L. Armstrong, Pat Bourke, Sigmond Brouwer, Cary Fagan, Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, AlmaFullerton, Gordon Korman, Jill MacLean, M.A. Marr, Colleen Nelson, David A. Poulsen, Ted Staunton, Robin Stevenson, Rebecca Upjohn and Eric Walters. Ceremony hosts include OWL Magazine’s Kim Cooper and TVOKids personalities Cassius and Melissa. This year, the French component of the Forest of Reading® awards will be celebrated with its own French Festival, which will include French performers, workshops and personalities from FlipTFO and MiniTFO.


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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.

Since its inception in 1974, IFOA has hosted over 8,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including over 20 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (October 23–November 2, 2014), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 14–15, 2014).

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Maeve O’Regan: moregan@ifoa.org; 416-973-5836
Meghan Gribben: mgribben@ifoa.org; 416-973-4395

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