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May 15, 2019
Oxford Reads announces 2019 book selection

Local readers are invited to participate in a community-wide reading experience of Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow

Oxford County Library is pleased to welcome Woodstock Public Library as its partner in the 2019 edition of Oxford Reads, a community-wide reading initiative that highlights a featured work of Canadian literature each year.

This year’s book is a daring post-apocalyptic novel by Waubgeshig Rice, an author, and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation near Parry Sound, and host of Up North on CBC radio.

Moon of the Crusted Snow is a powerful story of survival, set against a vividly drawn backdrop in an isolated community teetering on the edge of collapse. It questions how we balance history, identity, family, and community, and continue to live in a good way, as society begins to crumble.

Now in its second year, Oxford Reads aims to connect readers across the County while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion. A series of programs and events highlighting the diverse themes found in Moon of the Crusted Snow will be held across the County’s many library branches, including a gala this fall featuring the author.

Those who are 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 at the Woodstock Public Library. Reading guides will also be 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 114,000 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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