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Orillia's Big Read

Orillia's Big Read is your library's community reading program!  We encourage everyone in our community to read the same book, and to rediscover reading for the fun of it!  2018 will be our 12th year!

Our 2018 selection is "The Broken Girls" by Simone St. James!  Reserve your copy now!

For the Big Read Finale, we'll be hosting our very own evening of Murder in the Library! Everyone's a suspect! Gather clues to find the killer on Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include wine and appetizers catered by Eclectic Cafe's own Melanie Robinson, a Chopped Canada Champion! On sale now at the Library's Check Out Desk.

Bonus! Send us a scary story in 13 words or less to be entered to win your very own signed copy of the book! Entries can be e-mailed to or drop them into the ballot box at the check out desk. 

Looking for a laugh? Check out the Big Read 2018 launch video!

Check out past Big Read selections:

2017 - "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.

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.