Freedom to Read Week

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Join us in the Library to celebrate Freedom to Read Week.

We are delighted to welcome our friends from the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the U of T on Tuesday morning.  They will be here to workshop students in the Philosophy and Media Studies classes.

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Toronto Public Library celebrates Freedom to Read Week

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Freedom to Read Week Toronto Public Library supports your freedom to read and we invite you to join discussions at programs all over town.

Featured PEN Canada program:
Surveillance after Snowden:
National Security and the Limits of Freedom of Expression

Fri. Feb. 28, 7 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Join us and other libraries across Canada for a cross-country Twitter chat on limits to free expression on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 pm (EST) with Toronto Star surveillance expert Andrew Mitrovica. Use #tellTPLfreedom to join the conversation.

Learn more about everything that’s happening at the TPL in the latest e-newsletter.

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Ayn Rand Institute: Writing Contest

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I’ll go on record as saying, definitively, that Ayn Rand is not exactly my cup of tea…  BUT, the Ayn Rand Institute runs a very lucrative student essay writing contest.  The first prize in each division is awarded a $10 000 cash prize.

The student contest is organised by Grade Level.  I have brought in copies of the materials to support the essay writing contest for each of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

Atlas Shrugged

The Fountainhead

If you think you might be interested in this contest next year, come and see me, get the books, get your reading and notes done at your leisure, ready to respond to the essay questions when they are made available.  Since this is the first year I’ve been aware of this contest I can’t say whether or not the essay topics are the same each year, or whether they change.

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Writer’s Trust Student Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Writer's Trust Student Non-Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full details available at the Writer’s Trust website.  Summary details are as follows:

Submission requirements

  • Literary Non-Fiction (journalistic essays, memoirs, commentary, social/political criticism, history, biography)
  • 1000 – 2000 words
  • demonstrate a distinctive voice
  • no fee to enter
  • all Canadian Gr 9 – 12 students eligible

Prizes

  • trip for two to Toronto including tickets to Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction Gala and VIP Reception
  • $500
  • $250

Deadline for Entries

  • Entries must be received before midnight on March 31st, 2014

Contest Jury

See the website, Ms. Wray, or your English Teacher for additional details.

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Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

The Writer’s Trust has announced the nominees for this year’s prize.   The Library has copies of the The War That Ended Peace as well as The Dogs Are Eating Them Now.  Drop by and sign one out.

The Award will be presented on April 2nd.  Stay tuned.

MacMillan
Margaret MacMillan
for The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
Published by Allen Lane Canada

Montgomery
Charles Montgomery
for Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
Published by Doubleday Canada

Savoie
Donald J. Savoie
for Whatever Happened to the Music Teacher? How Government Decides and Why
Published by McGill-Queen’s University Press

Smith
Graeme Smith
for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan
Published by Knopf Canada

Wells
Paul Wells
for The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006 –
Published by Random House Canada

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Toronto Public Library: One Book

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The ESA Library is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading “One Book” programme.

While I am not yet at liberty to divulge this year’s book choice, I can tell you that I have read it previously… and loved it!  Further, it is a book which is always on my list of recommendations when Grade 12 students come asking for titles for their English Culminating Essay.

The One Book programme officially launches on February 7th.  On that date the title will be announced and readers are invited to begin reading.  I will post all of the rest of the relevant details once the official launch is done.

Participants in the programme each receive a copy of the book.  ESA’s shipment of books arrived today.  If you would like to join us in this community reading adventure, please complete this Google Form.  All members of the ESA community are invited to participate.  The first 14 people to sign on will receive a free copy of this year’s book.

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