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The wait is over! We're excited to announce the launch of Simcoe Reads 2023, a cover-to-cover fun-filled competition for adults with seven local libraries!

Join the Barrie Public Library, Essa Public Library, Innisfil Idealab & Library, Midland Public Library, New Tecumseth Public Library, Ramara Township Public Library, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library this summer and check out some great Canadian reads. Each library has chosen one book to take part in the challenge, and one local community member to champion it.

We're excited to announce our book title is How To Calm Your Mind by Chris Bailey and our Community Champion is Shakir Barmare!

How to Calm Your Mind is a toolkit of accessible, science-backed strategies that reveal that the path to a less anxious life, and even greater productivity, runs directly through calm.

Barrie Public Library's Simcoe Reads Picks:  Community Champion: Claudine Cousins Book: Can You Hear Me Now? By Celina Caesar-Chavannes  "Celina’s memoir is the perfect mix of coming-of-age story, radical authenticity and #BlackGirlMagic. Never has a former Canadian politician stripped down and shown up in such an honest way. If you can’t hear Celina by the time you’ve finished this book you need to get your hearing checked”~Review  Essa Barrie Innisfil  Ramara Midland New Tecumseth Bradford West Gwillimbury Simcoe Reads #SimcoeReadds2022

Read all seven books this summer, pick your favourite and then join us in October to see which book is crowned the winner. Follow the participating libraries on Facebook to learn more about each book chosen for the competition!

Barrie Public Library:
How To Calm Your Mind by Chris Bailey

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library:
Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

Essa Public Library:
The Maid by Nita Prose

Innisfil Idealab & Library:
On The Ravine by Vincent Lam

Midland Public Library:
Breast Cancer: After The Diagnosis by Jayne Pritchard

New Tecumseth Public Library:
Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Ramara Township Public Library:
A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny


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