Simcoe Reads

Simcoe Reads Updates

Congratulations to the

Simcoe Reads 2020 Winners!

Judges’ Choice Winner

Lisa Morgan, Champion for Barrie Public Library

Lisa Morgan defended the title, An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim.

Community Choice Winner

Emily Wood, Champion for Essa Public Library

Emily defended the title, The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson.

This book was voted by the community as the book everyone in Simcoe County should read!

A BIG thank you to our Community Champion, Mayor Lynn Dollin, for representing our community and library in this competition.

We appreciate all the Community Champions for their dedication and our community members for participating. We can’t wait for Simcoe Reads in 2021!

Missed the debate? You can still watch the Simcoe Reads 2020 final debate online on the Rogers TV website!

This summer brings the first-ever Simcoe County edition of Canada Reads! We are excited to announce that Innisfil ideaLAB & Library is one of the five libraries taking part in Simcoe Reads. This friendly competition between five local libraries encourages reading all summer long.

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library will join Barrie, Bradford-West Gwillimbury, Essa, and Midland in this friendly reading competition. Each Library has chosen one book with which to take part in the challenge, along with a local celebrity to champion the title. 

We are extremely excited to announce Mayor Lynn Dollin as our Community Champion! Mayor Lynn Dollin and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library invite you to participate in Simcoe Reads this summer by reading and championing Innisfil’s book of choice, Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.  

In late September, join our community in cheering on Mayor Lynn Dollin as she champions Innisfil’s book!

Participate in Simcoe Reads:

  • Sign up here for Simcoe Reads 2020 to receive email updates this summer about Simcoe Reads activities and the final event!
  • Join Mayor Lynn Dollin and our community in reading Innisfil’s book, Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. 
  • Join our Virtual Book Club programs this summer and engage with others as we highlight and discuss Innisfil’s book! Click here for more information and to register for our book club sessions. Book Club participants will receive a ballot entry for a chance to win a grand prize! Contest now closed. 
  • Write a book review to share with our community! Submit your review of Moon of the Crusted Snow or any of the other four Simcoe Reads book selections! For each book review, you’ll receive one ballot entry for our prize draw! Maximum of five ballot entries per person. Contest now closed.
  • Participate for your chance to win one of four grand prizes! Prizes include $25 gift certificates to local restaurants. Contest now closed.
  • Tune in late September 2020 to see who will be crowned winner, as our champions defend their book in a final, live debate. 

Meet Our Champion: Lynn Dollin

Lynn was elected Mayor for the Town of Innisfil in 2018 and has represented the Town since 1994. First as Councillor for twenty years, and as Deputy Mayor from 2014 to 2018. She has been the Town of Innisfil’s representative on many boards including the Lake Simcoe and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities, the Royal Victoria Hospital Board and the South Simcoe Economic Alliance.

Lynn was elected to the Board of the Association of Municipalities on Ontario in 2011, spent two years as Chair of Ontario’s Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) and in 2016 was elected President of AMO.  She also spent two years as a board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and representing Ontario at the Provincial and Territorial Associations.

Lynn has a diverse background in representing municipal interests, including being one of only 19 people throughout Ontario to receive an appointment by the Ontario Minister of the Environment to serve as chairperson of the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Committee. In that role she chairs a 22-member, multi stakeholder committee that is working on a plan to protect municipal drinking water from overuse and contamination.

Read Along with Mayor Lynn Dollin!

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, released in October 2018 tells the story of a small northern Anishinaabe community’s hardships. As chaos and panic ensue in the community, friends and families show their resilience, turning to the land and Anishinaabe tradition to help their community.

Borrow Moon of the Crusted Snow

Read as an eBook or listen to the eAudiobook: 




Request a physical book copy through our Curbside Pickup service.

Meet the Participating Libraries:

Barrie Public Library

Champion: Lisa Morgan

Lisa Morgan has been the Midday Host at 107.5 KOOLFM in Barrie for 13 years. She holds a BA from The University of Ottawa but got into radio at age 17 and it sort of stuck! Some of her earliest memories are of being read to, at home and at school.  She spent her summers as a child biking to the little blue library in Beeton and checking out stacks of mystery novels like the Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew. Her tastes have expanded since then and she has a long list of favourites that she will gladly share if you want a book recommendation. Lisa lives with her husband and two children.  Her 7 year-old daughter is a bookworm. She says “Books are precious! To me, books are like jewels!” 

Book: An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Available on cloudLibrary, Pulse, or reserve through Curbside Pickup.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Champion: Noora Akhavan

Born in Iran and living in India and England before moving to Canada, Noora fell in love with reading at boarding school – reading Enid Blyton, National Geographic magazines and comic book retellings of Indian and Hindu mythology. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, Noora is a lawyer currently practicing criminal and family law. She is a longtime activist for women’s and human rights and has volunteered/served on numerous advocacy committees and organizations. She is currently on the executive of the BWG Diversity Action Group, a member of the BWG Library Board and vice-chair of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bradford Baha’I Community. Books have always been a comfort to Noora, who reads every day and enjoys British murder mysteries or spiritual books, often with a cup of tea. A resident for 25 years, Noora loves Bradford West Gwillimbury and is thrilled to represent the BWG community in Simcoe Reads.

Book: Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Available on cloudLibrary, Pulse, or reserve through Curbside Pickup.

Essa Public Library

Champion: Emily Wood

For Emily Wood, words are inherently an inextricably a part of her life. An avid reader from a young age, her love of books quickly developed into a love of writing stories, a passion she continues to pursue in hopes of becoming an author herself. She studied Communications at the University of Ottawa and later earned a diploma in Print & Broadcast Journalism at Durham College, and currently works as a Marketing & Communications professional for a charitable foundation. Though she’ll read just about anything you put in front of her, her favourite books include edge-of-your-seat thrillers, dystopian novels, a good whodunnit and, of course, anything set in a creepy old house.

Book: The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Available on cloudLibrary, Pulse, or reserve through Curbside Pickup.

Midland Public Library

Champion: Kristi Presse

A University of Toronto and Trent University grad, Kristi has been teaching English at the local high school for the past 13 years. She fell in love with reading at a young age through Archie Comics and hasn’t stopped expanding her preferred novel styles and choices since. Kristi loves finding new books to read, especially ones she can incorporate into her classes, striving to promote and expose her students to Canadian and minority voices as much as possible. Kristi fills her free time with friends and family, playing music, creating, being active and getting outdoors with her dog Zoé, and spending as much time as possible on Georgian Bay. Born and raised in Midland Kristi is so excited to be representing her hometown in this county book showdown.

Book: From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

Available on cloudLibrary, Pulse, or reserve through Curbside Pickup.