Authors visit Haliburton for White Pine book program
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | March 6, 2017
Tori Allin, a student at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School (HHSS) and member of the school’s White Pine Book Club, says there is a perception that a lot of kids don’t read anymore.
However, that couldn’t be further from the truth, she says.
Allin reads three books a week.
She was one of 25 students who took part in last Friday’s HHSS White Pine Book Club and Friends of the Haliburton County Public Library presentation of authors E.K. Johnston (Exit Pursued by a Bear and A Thousand Nights) and Erin Bow (The Scorpion Rules and The Swan Riders) at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion.
The event was funded by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) and the Friends. The White Pine program is part of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading. Bow and Johnston are White Pine Award finalists.
In the morning, students from IE Weldon and Fenelon Falls joined HHSS students in the library to do activities around the 10 White Pine finalists.
The students recorded book trailers for CanoeFM, made videos of ‘52 reasons why we read books’ for the TLDSB and prepared author questions, according to teacher Michele Shapiera.
Erin Kernohan-Berning, branch services librarian and deputy CEO, said, “It is a nice way for the public library to reach out to these kids who are avid readers. They have read 10 titles in a relatively short period of time. We are often asked, ‘do kids read anymore?’ and our answer is ‘yes, yes, they do’.”
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.