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September 09, 2019
Fall programming to enhance Oxford Reads experience

Local libraries offer programs and events to complement this year’s featured book, Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library will offer special programming this fall to enhance the experience of reading Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. This daring post-apocalyptic novel is the featured work of this year’s Oxford Reads campaign, a community-wide reading initiative that aims to connect readers across the County while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion.

Below is a sampling of the workshops available, which offer readers a chance to engage further with the various themes and topics in the book. A complete calendar of events is available online at

Wind Chasers: Sustainable Living Discussion

Thursday, September 12 | Tillsonburg Public Library
Monday, September 16 | Woodstock Public Library

FREE. Contact the branch to reserve a space.

Readers keen on eco-conscious living are invited to join Craig and Connie Cook, the creators of Norfolk County’s famed “Earthship house,” as they discuss conservation, sustainability, and living green. The Cook’s built a 3,000-square-foot, off-the-grid dream home for $70,000, using materials like old tires, empty pop cans, and recycled bottles.

Moon-Inspired Paint Workshops

September - October | various branches
FREE. Contact the branch where you’d like to attend to reserve a space.

Readers who want to indulge their artistic side can join OCL’s “artist-in-residence” for a “moon-inspired” paint workshop, to create a canvas inspired by the book. This popular workshop is on offer in Ingersoll, Innerkip, Harrington, Plattsville, and Norwich.

Bannock Bread Make & Take

September - October | Embro, Norwich
FREE. Contact the branch where you’d like to attend to reserve a space.

Readers and epicures alike will enjoy learning how to make bannock bread, an everyday staple in Moon of the Crusted Snow. This workshop will also explore the social and political history of bannock bread in Canada.

Winter Survival Skills

September - October | Ingersoll, Norwich
FREE. Contact the branch where you’d like to attend to reserve a space.

Nature lovers will enjoy this workshop about winter camping and survival skills. Learn how to avoid hypothermia, the importance of proper hydration, how to dress for winter, and how to build a fire.

First Nations Stereotypes and Racism

Friday, September 20 | Tillsonburg Public Library
FREE. Contact the branch to reserve a space.

Join representatives from Woodland Cultural Centre to learn more about the stereotypes that have distorted the image of First Nations people across North America. This presentation will feature two short films for discussion.

Fall programming for Oxford Reads will culminate with a gala event featuring the author, Waubgeshig Rice, at Market Centre Theatre on Saturday, November 9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit This gala event is possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

It’s not too late to participate in this year’s Oxford Reads experience. Those interested can place a hold on a copy of the book at or in-person at any of Oxford County’s 14 library branches or the Woodstock Public Library. Reading guides are also available. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book can do so at Merrifield Book Shop in Woodstock.

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About Oxford County Library

Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. The Library is a charitable organization that accepts online donations through Canada Helps on its website.

About Woodstock Public Library

The Woodstock Public Library is a welcoming place to create, connect and explore. Located in historic downtown Woodstock, the iconic Carnegie library opened its doors to the public in 1909 and has remained on the same site through several renovations and expansions. Today it meets the varied needs of Woodstock residents offering the free traditional lending of books, DVDs, audio books and other materials, as well as digital and online resources. We offer engaging programming and outreach for children, teens, and adults, in the library and the Woodstock community.

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 119,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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