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Canadian Library Month Poetry Contest Winners

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Our annual poetry contest for Canadian Library Month brought in a lot of entries from all over the province, and we want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to submit a poem. It was EXTREMELY difficult to choose just one winner per age category, because they were all so good! Our NLLA President, Kate Shore, announce all of the winners this week on CBC Radio.

The following are the winning poems;

Stokesley Boland, Gr.3
St. Francis of Assisi School, Outer Cove

Ghosts and goblins will give you good looks
for the coolest cook book.
The goblin will cook and
the ghost will read the best cook book
you ever believed!

Lacey Blanchard, Gr. 5
St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary, Port au Port

You walk into a library,
Many books you will see,
Mysteries and poetry,
Sometimes even me!

I am filled with fairy tales,
Many different kinds,
I have way too many pages,
With lines and lines and lines!

My pages you will turn,
My stories will keep you blinking,
It’s truly really crazy how,
A visit will get you thinking!

Rebecca Sellers, Gr. 8
Carbonear Academy, Carbonear

As I enter the door
and find my favorite, cozy chair,
I sit and look around
to see just what is here!

I look at all the shelves,
and all the things they hold
there are so many different books,
with so many stories told.

Each visit gets me thinking,
of what each book reveals.
Of stories of truth and fiction,
love and laughter too.
The library is the place for me
so many things to see and do!

So for at least one hour everyday,
let’s put away our phones,
our laptops and computers,
and read a book of poems!!

Mira Buckle, Gr. 9
Corner Brook Intermediate School, Corner Brook

Warm strong fingers reach around my weathered spine.
Lift me up from my resting place.
Alone on a bookshelf stuck in a time,
When my stories bring a smile to a child’s face.

Although I look tattered, although I look torn,
My stories, my pictures will draw you in close.
A world full of magic, where heroes are born.
The princess, the dragon, an excitement dose.

You can pick up your phone and leave me behind.
Please remember those adventures wrapped up in lace,
Soon I promise you will come to find.
A book will bring a true smile to your face.

Honorable Mentions;

Youngest Poet
Victoria Margaret O’Leary-Brophy, Kindergarten

Most Inspiration poem
Alex Abbot, Gr. 9, Mount Pearl Senior High

Most Literary References
James Burt, Gr. 5, St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary


Congrats to all our winners!

October is Canadian Library Month

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Canadian Library Month

Throughout October, libraries across Canada celebrate and raise awareness about the impact and significance libraries play in this country. This national event is a chance to highlight the importance of libraries in the pursuit of literacy, knowledge and lifelong learning.

In 2017, the Ontario Library Association has taken the lead in providing a theme “A Visit Will Get You Thinking” as well as bookmarks, posters and graphics. These sharable graphics can be found on DropBox, and can be printed, posted and distributed within libraries and schools throughout the province for free.

The NLLA Annual Poetry Contest is back! This year we are looking for rhyming poems that revolve around the theme “A Visit Will Get You Thinking”. We will have four separate categories for students; Primary (k-3), Elementary (4-6), Intermediate (7-9) and Secondary (10-12) where students have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack. Winners and select poems will be highlighted by the NLLA on their website and social media.

All entries must be submitted by October 23. They can be emailed to or mailed to:
PO Box 23192
Churchill Square
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J9

Freedom to Read Week Contest

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freedom to Read Week 2015February 22-28, 2015 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada, an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Celebrate your Freedom to Read! Tell us about a banned or challenged book you’ve read! To find out if a book has been banned/challenged, visit

To enter, complete our Entry Form with the following information:
1) The title and author of the book you read
2) Why it was banned or challenged
3) Why everyone should have the freedom to choose what they read
4) Your contact information

Winners will be drawn from eligible entries and will receive a selection of books according to their age group. Entry deadline is March 31, 2015.

Please send entries to:
NLLA, F2R Contest
PO Box 23192
Churchill Square
St. John’s, NL
A1B 4J9

Or submit by email with the subject line “Contest”. Good luck!

NLLA Canadian Library Month Winner!

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association is pleased to announce that Kevin Sharpe (age 14), of Pearce Junior High School in Burin Bay Arm, is the winner of our Canadian Library Month Libraries Inspire contest! Kevin has won a $25 Chapter’s gift card and the library of his choice, Pearce Junior High School’s library, has won $1000 worth of books, generously donated by Library Services Centre!

Kevin’s favorite book is Eragon by Christopher Paolini.

It inspires him because:

“It’s about someone who is just ordinary at the start, and gets thrust into an extraordinary world of adventure. It inspires me since it reminds me that no matter how ordinary things may seem, there is something special in everyone.”

Canadian Library Month: Libraries Inspire Contest

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cla-LibraryMonth-banner-web-e-v1-300x158October is Canadian Library Month and the theme for 2014 is “Libraries Inspire”! Celebrate Canadian Library Month with us.

The NLLA along with our sponsor, the Library Services Centre (LSC), are holding a contest where you could win $1000 worth of books for a library in Newfoundland & Labrador!

We want to know how libraries inspire; tell us your favourite book and why it inspires you. If your entry is selected, the school or public library of your choice will win $1000 worth of books from LSC (and there’s a prize for you, too!).

There are two ways to enter:

1. Complete our online entry form
2. Download an english or french entry form and mail it to: NLLA, CLM contest, PO Box 23192, Churchill Square, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J9

The winner will be chosen from all the entries received by November 30, 2014.

You can also download a bilingual promo sheet with contest details. To find out more about how libraries are celebrating Canadian Library Month, and for a free library tool kit to promote CLM in your library, visit:


Winners of the 2014 Book Bingo Contest

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The winners of the NLLA’s 2014 Freedom to Read Week Book Bingo Contest have been announced!

iPad mini:  Debbie McGee from St. John’s (age category 22-90). Chapter’s gift card:   Irene Sheppard from Lewisporte (age category 22-90).

Selections of books:
Keely Somerton from Whitbourne (age category 5-10).  Chloe Connolly from Lark Harbour (age category 11-15).  Holly Kelly McIvers from Corner Brook (age category 16-21).  Carolyn Morgan from St. John’s(age category 22-90).  Lisa Dunne from Mt. Pearl(age category 22-90).  Elizabeth Fewer from St. John’s(age category 22-90).  R.N. Hiscott from St. John’s(age category 22-90).  Jef Douglas from Steady Brook (age category 22-90).

Thanks to all our participants, and to this year’s committee members: Amanda Power, Beth Maddigan, Lorraine Jackson, Jewel Cousens, and Emily Blackmore.

Freedom to Read Contest Continues until April 17

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Enter to win the Grand Prize of an iPad Mini!

Enter to win the Grand Prize of an iPad Mini!

Our Freedom to Read Week Book Bingo Contest will be open until April 17, featuring our Grand Prize of an iPad Mini!

Need some hints? Visit local Newfoundland book publisher’s sites to find books that match the Bingo squares:

Boulder Publications

Breakwater Books

Creative Book Publishing

DRC Publishers

Flanker Press

Freedom to Read Week Contest Launch event

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Join us at the A.C. Hunter Library, on Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 pm to celebrate Freedom to Read Week, an event that marks the wonderful freedom to read that we Canadians enjoy.

Guest Speaker: Noted Newfoundland & Labrador Author, Kevin Major

Guest Speaker: Noted Newfoundland & Labrador Author, Kevin Major

Noted Newfoundland and Labrador author, Kevin Major, will be our guest speaker, and will talk about what it’s like to have your book challenged by a school board system. Local publishers will be in attendance with their books available for purchase, and there will be refreshments and a door prize. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will launch the NLLA’s Book Bingo Contest. The grand prize winner will be announced early in May and will receive an iPad mini. Additional prizes include selections of locally published books or a Chapters/Coles giftcard.

The A.C. Hunter Library is located in the Arts & Culture Centre on Allandale Road, St. John’s. For more details about the event or Book Bingo Contest, please contact Newfoundland & Labrador Collections Librarian, Jewel Cousens, at 737-3432.

The NLLA wishes to thank all of our sponsors and partners:


Enter our Book Bingo Contest for Freedom to Read Week

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Freedom to Read Week (February 23 – March 1) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. NLLA invites you to celebrate your Freedom to Read by playing our great Book Bingo Contest for a chance to win a Grand Prize of an iPad Mini, or books by Newfoundland authors or a Chapters/Coles gift card.

How to Play
Get your READ Bingo Card by:

Find a book title to match each of the 14 squares on the READ bingo card. Discover new Newfoundland & Labrador books and revisit some of your old favourites! Once you have written a matching title in every square,  complete the contact information found on the bottom of the card and submit your card for a chance to win.

How to Sumbit Your Entry
There are several ways to enter:

  • Drop it off at any public library location in Newfoundland and Labrador or any Memorial University Libraries’ location
  • Mail it to: NLLA, PO Box 23192, Churchill Square, St. John’s, NL, A1B 4J9
  • Scan and email it to:

Contest Rules: Contest is open to any resident of Newfoundland & Labrador. Library staff from all over the province are encouraged to enter, but will not be eligible for the Grand Prize. Winners will be drawn at random from correctly completed cards and will be announced in early May. Contest Deadline: April 17, 2014.

Download the Book Bingo Contest Poster:

Click to download our Book Bingo Contest Poster for your library

Click to download our Book Bingo Contest Poster for your library

NLLA would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners: SponsorLogos

NLLA 2013 Poetry Contest Winners!

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Prizes for the contest winners

Prizes for the contest winners

This morning, NLPL Collections Librarian, Jewel Counsens, was interviewed live on CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show to announce the winners of NLLA’s annual poetry contest for Canadian Library Month.

Ms. Counsens read the winning entries by students Danika Hodder (Mrs. Boyde’s grade 1 class at Eric G. Lambert School, Churchill Falls), Dillon Burden (Ms. Hancock’s grade 2 class at James Cook Memorial School, Cook’s Harbour), Paris Keats (Ms. Butler’s grade 5 class at Centreville Academy in Centreville),  Abigail MacLeod (Mrs. Stapleton’s grade 7 class at Sacred Heart Academy, Marystown) and Nicholas Power (Mrs. Stapleton’s grade 7 class at Sacred Heart Academy, Marystown).

Listen to the podcast to hear their terrific limericks! Or read them on our facebook page.

Al l five students win books generously donated by: Creative Publishing, Breakwater Books, Saunders Book Co., Library Services Centre, Raincoast Books and Baker & Taylor/YBP.

This year, we received over 200 entries from more than 15 schools across the province.

Thanks to this year’s Canadian Library Month committee members: Lorraine Jackson, Amanda Power and Beth Maddigan, and special thanks to Jewel Counsens for getting up early to do the radio show!