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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 right now. Our competitors are Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Ramara, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries!

Our local champion, Roberta Douglas, has chosen Jayne Pritchard’s moving book, Breast Cancer After the Diagnosis: One Woman’s Story of Overcoming Setbacks.

Simcoe Reads Debate

Thursday, October 19, 6:30PM

At the Angus Arena

After a summer of reading terrific books, interacting with the authors and your community’s champion, please plan to join us for the final event: a conversation between the 7 champions representing Barrie Public Library, Bradford West-Gwillimbury Public Library, Essa Public Library, Innisfil ideaLab & Library, Midland Public Library, New Tecumseth Public Library, Ramara Public Library. This in-person event will be at the Angus arena (8505 County Road 10, Angus) on Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 pm. Audience voting will happen the night of the event to determine the number one book to be read in Simcoe County. Register online or call 705-526-4216 to reserve your seat.

Join in the social media discussion by using #SimcoeReads2023.

More about Jayne Pritchard and Breast Cancer: After the Diagnosis:

Jayne Pritchard spent nearly forty years in broadcasting at CTV Barrie. She’s a breast cancer survivor, Registered Nutritional Counsellor and Reiki Master. ​Jayne is now focusing her time and energy on promoting health and wellness through engaging and informative public speaking events, workshops large and small, and one-on-one counselling.

Jayne’s book, Breast Cancer: After The Diagnosis, shares what she went through over a three-year period of emotional ups and downs, including several setbacks. It includes the alternative therapies that Jayne sought out, important supplements that boost the immune system, her Top 10 Health and Wellness Tips, as well as amazing stories that will expand people’s minds and give comfort to those who have lost a loved one.

More about Roberta:

Roberta Douglas is a proud wife, mother of three children, and a new grandma to a beautiful granddaughter.  She enjoys long walks, hot yoga and curling in the winter, and spending time with family and close friends.

Her family came to this area in 2017, when they bought a campground nestled on 30 acres near Waubaushene, with the Sturgeon River running through. In the fall of 2020 they purchased a shop on King Street in beautiful Downtown Midland. By the summer of 2021 Royal Tea on King Boutique & Gift Shop was born and expanded into the unit next door. Most recently they acquired Georgian Bakery, a longtime community favourite, as they outgrew the tea room kitchen where thousands of scones are always freshly baked.

Roberta is the proud mama bear of a brain tumour warrior, and looks forward to building a local charity walk to support her son and others with similar journeys. Having met Jayne and read her book has been deeply meaningful and helpful to Roberta.

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