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Enter 49th Shelf's Holiday Contest to Win Books for You and a School Library of Your Choice!



If you were lucky enough to have a terrific, well-stocked school library in your early years, you know what an impact such a space can have on reading development - both educationally and in terms of fostering a genuine, life-long love of reading. 

Many schools, however, struggle to keep up with the cost of stocking and maintaining collections, particularly in low income and other vulnerable areas. Often teachers and teacher-librarians end up spending hundreds of their own dollars purchasing supplies for the benefit of their students. 

You can help out this holiday season by entering 49th Shelf's book shopping spree contest. The winner will receive $250 to spend on books for themselves, as well as an additional $250 to spend on books for a school library in their area. 

Contest Details:

  • Contest runs from November 28, 2016 to 11:59pm, December 11, 2016
  • Entrants will need to register on in order to submit their entry (registration is free)
  • Simply click this link and enter for your chance to share the love (of reading!) this holiday season

49th Shelf’s resident teacher-librarian, Julie Booker, said of the contest: “It’s really a way of reminding Canadians of how much school libraries matter to our kids, and a small gesture of thanks. Any adult whose love of reading started when they were a kid will like the spirit of the contest.”

The contest also celebrates the upcoming launch of 49th Shelf's new dedicated microsite for teachers, librarians, parents, and kids, 49thKids, which will go live near the end of 2016.