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Take part in Simcoe Reads 2021 and help BWG Library win!

7 libraries. 7books. 1winner.
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7 Libraries. 7 Books. 1 Winner.

It is time for Simcoe Reads 2021 and Simcoe Libraries are squaring off against each other again as local champions debate their books.

BWG Library is excited to reveal Emily Dahlgren as our 2021 Simcoe Reads Champion! Emily is well known in our community as a 16-year-old who stays busy. She runs her own business, The Munchies’ Concession Stand, and co-runs “A Bradford Christmas”, the foundation she started with her sister, Sarah. When she is not serving BWG, Emily expresses her creativity by video editing, writing and relaxing with a great book.

The great book that Emily is championing in Simcoe Reads 2021 is Ayesha at Lastby UzmaJalaluddin. Ayesha at Last, a modern and Muslim spin on Pride and Prejudice, won the 2019 Cosmopolitan Book of the Year and was a Good reads Choice Award Finalist. Emily describes Ayesha at Lastas, “a story about love – but it’s so much more than that. It is also a story about family, religion, tradition, morals and acceptance.”

Over the next three months, we encourage everyone in Bradford West Gwillimbury to read Ayesha at Last. You can also join our Simcoe Reads 2021 challenge on Beanstack, participate in book clubs, write reviews and engage with social media and other activities about Ayesha at Last. The BWG Library will be hosting an author visit (via zoom) with Uzma Jalaluddinon August 19, 2021. Space will be limited and tickets will be available beginning Monday, July 5. Check the BWG Library Facebook page for the registration link, which will be posted on Monday, July 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Join Emily and six other local libraries, Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa, Innisfil, Midland, New Tecumseth and Ramara, this summer as they debate why their book is the one that Simcoe County should read this year. Interested in reading all Simcoe Reads titles, including the books from the other libraries?  The BWG Library has multiple copies of all Simcoe Reads 2021 titles available for loan!  For more details about all the books, champions and activities visit

At the end of September, the seven community champions will gather for a final broadcast event on Rogers TV. They will debate their chosen books and the public will vote for the winner. Follow the BWG Library on Facebook at to stay up to date on Simcoe Reads challenges, programs and events.