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June 21, 2018
Oxford County Library launches Oxford Reads

New initiative celebrates community and connectivity through reading and discussion

Oxford County Library is inviting book lovers across the county to participate in its first annual Oxford Reads initiative. The program encourages reading and community discussion through one featured book that highlights a variety of important themes that relate to the rich history of Oxford County.

In its inaugural year, Oxford Reads is asking community members to join the initiative by reading Linda Spalding’s The Purchase, winner of the 2012 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

Whether the plan is to lounge on the dock or curl up on the couch, readers are encouraged to add The Purchase to their summer reading lists. Those who are interested can place a hold on a copy of the book at or in-person at any of the County’s 14 library branches, where reading guides will also be available. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy can do so at Merrifield Book Shop in Woodstock.

A series of programs and events highlighting the diverse themes found in The Purchase will be held across the County’s many library branches, including a gala featuring the author this fall with more details to be announced late summer. Stay tuned to or sign up for the Oxford County Library e-newsletters for Oxford Reads updates.

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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 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


Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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