Library News

Monday, March 27, 2017

Have you started reading for the Teen Reader’s Choice Award yet?!

Each week – until June 2nd – we’re featuring one of the  Top 10 TRCA books. Read the description. Get inspired. Read the book. Then vote! 

This week’s feature: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. 

“A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.”

Check out this book and the rest of the Top 10 at your CCRSB library today! 

Share your thoughts with the CCRSB community by using the hashtag #TRCA2017 and make sure you VOTE for your favourite books on the Teen Reader's Choice Awards blog!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s Teen Reader’s Choice Award is back for its sixth year! 

“The Teen Reader’s Choice Award introduces all Grade 7 to 12 students to 10 titles that were thoughtfully and carefully selected by CCRSB Library Service staff, and encourages them to read, discuss, and voice their opinions,” says Jolene Shaw, CCRSB Library Services Manager. “The 10 titles chosen represent a wide variety of today’s best young adult fiction.”

Students will determine the winner of the award by reading, and voting, for their favourite book from March 21st to June 2nd. TRCA is working toward the goal of at least 1,000 student votes this year!

The 2017 Top 10 books are: 

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely 
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder 
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston 
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 
  • The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork 
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness  
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 
  • We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen 
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Students are encouraged to read one or more of the Top 10 books and to discuss them in school and online at, or by using the hashtag #TRCA2017 on Facebook and twitter. 

The 2017 CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award winning book will be announced on June 13th with a series of in-school awards ceremonies.

Students can track the progress of their favourite books on the Teen Reader’s Choice Award blog and through the #TRCA2017 hashtag. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oxford Regional Education Centre's Library Drawing and Book Clubs joined forces to celebrate Pet Rock Month back in November 2014.

Students created a pet rock to sit where they read at home. The creatures will remind students to rock  their evenings with a bit of reading.