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Orillia's Big Read

Orillia's Big Read is the library's community reading program which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  The Big Read encourages everyone in our community to read the same book, and to rediscover reading for the fun of it!  Now in our 11th year!

The 2017 Big Read is.... "Birds Art Life" by Kyo Maclear!

A writer's search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life--a field guide to things small and significant.

We are pleased to welcome Kyo Maclear to the OPL this September.  Stay tuned for ticket details!


Check out past Big Read selections:


2016 - "The Naturalist" by Alissa York:  Three Americans journey down the Amazon's Rio Negro in 1867.

2015 - "The Martian" by Andy Weir: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive.

2014 - "Settlement" by Ann Birch: The untold story of scandal and political intrigue in early Toronto.

2013 - "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan: A gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and a notorious criminal trial of the era.

2012 - "The Woefield Poultry Collective" by Susan Juby:  A fresh, funny tale of Prudence, a transplanted New Yorker who inherits Woefield, a run-down farm on Vancouver Island.

2011 - "Ragged Company" by Richard Wagamese: Four homeless friends seek refuge from the weather at the cinema.  A lottery win changes their lives and friendships in unexpected ways.

2010 - "Old City Hall" by Robert Rotenberg: A slick and contemporary tale of crime and justice in Toronto, Haliburton and points in between. 

2009 - "The Uncommon Reader" by Alan Bennett: What would happen if the Queen visited a bookmobile? Would she neglect her duties if she became an avid reader?

2008 - "Midnight at the Dragon Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates: A cross-cultural coming-of-age tale set in small-town Ontario.

2007 - "Down in the Dumps" by Mel Malton: A fun and breezy story of an amateur sleuth in the woods of Muskoka.