Students explore the wonders of reading

A group of avid Trinity College School bibliophiles had the opportunity to explore the “Forest of Reading” as they took part in the Festival of Trees at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre on Tuesday, May 14th.

Held in conjunction with the International Festival of Authors, the Festival of Trees wraps up the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program, through which children and adults are encouraged to read from a selection of books and vote on their favourites. Over the course of May 14th to 16th, the festival draws thousands of young readers to the city.

Tuesday marked the celebration of the White Pine Awards, which are the high school category within the Forest of Reading. Senior School librarian Shelagh Straughan and a small contingent of keen readers (those who read five of the 10 nominated titles) took part. Alysia Wilson proudly represented our school’s favourite title, Whitney Gardner’s Chaotic Good, speaking to hundreds of high school students at the awards ceremony.

Over the course of the day, the group celebrated the winning title (The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith) and attended author workshops with Ms. Smith, as well as Darren Groth, Susan Sinnott and Regan McDonnell. Ms. Straughan also had the chance to meet author Vicki Grant (36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You), who is the sister of Old Boy Gus Grant ’81, and they had a wonderful chat. There were author signings (which means our own library copies are now signed!) and plenty of time to explore the book and comic book tents. As well, the group enjoyed live entertainment, including musicians, acrobatics and drag queen storytime.

The students’ love of reading made this a wonderful day!