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Celebrate Simcoe Reads!

7 libraries, 7 books, 1 winner! Join your Library for our annual Simcoe Reads event! A champion from each community has chosen a book they think everyone in Simcoe County should read. Our competitors are Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Ramara, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries, but we know we’ll come out ahead!

Our local champion, Suzanne Marchand, has chosen Daniel Kalla’s exciting and moving novel about the opioid crisis, The Last High. A gripping thriller, The Last High explores the perfect storm of greed, addiction, and crime behind the malignant spread of fentanyl, a drug that is deadlier than any known epidemic.

Daniel Kalla is an internationally bestselling author. His novels include The Darkness in the Light, Lost Immunity, The Last High, and We All Fall Down. He practices emergency medicine in Vancouver. Find out more at or follow him on Twitter @DanielKalla.

Suzanne Marchand is the Executive Director with the Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre and is an active and engaged community member, concerned with equitable access to healthcare, sports, and wellness. She has become an avid reader and is always up for a good debate.

Other titles include: Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black; Omar El-Akkad’s What Strange Paradise; Genevieve Graham’s The Forgotten Home Child; Hench by Natalie Zina Walshots; Alexandra Morton’s Not on My Watch; and Can You Hear Me Now? by Celina Caesar-Chavannes. Read them all and help us decide which book all of Simcoe County should read! Watch the debate between champions on September 17 and get ready to place your vote. Find all the details at

If you love reading, you’ll be thrilled to know that the Book Cellar, MPL’s used book store run by the Friends of the Library, is open again! This volunteer team, thanks to your donations and purchases, supports exciting Library projects like the Vault, MPL’s new teen space! You can find the Book Cellar on the Library’s lower level, and they’re open 10am – 4pm on weekdays, and 10am – 2pm on Saturdays.

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