The Peter Polley Well-Read Award:

The library offers an annual cash prize of $250 at Commencement to a student in his/her graduating year who has read the greatest number of books on our “Well-Read” list. The winner(s) is determined by means of a test held after March Break each year. See Mr. Keogh  for details. Here’s the list: Well-Read Titles

Last year’s winner was Yufan Yuan. Congratulations Yufan!

Who will win this year?


12 responses to “Prizes

  1. Please note that many of the titles are poems. Also, we have many versions of the tests with 85 to 135 questions. I guess there is an element of luck as to which test we use but it is always the same test for every candidate in a given year and they all write on the same day in April. Thanks for the good questions. If you need more info. come and see me in the Library.

    Mr. Keogh

  2. Does the test tell us which books the questions are from? Also, the well read list has 148 titles, are some optional? Which books are the 100 covered on the test?

  3. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are among my favourite reads. Orson Scott Card and Neil Gaiman have recently done some fairy tale adaptations. Guy Gavriel Kaye writes beautiful books that are filled with a deep sense of place (and it’s never here). The current fads are the Hunger Games books and George R.R. Martin, whose Game of Thrones series has been hugely successful on HBO. We have lots of copies so just drop by.

  4. I really like fantasy, science fiction, and adaptations of fairy tales. What should I read?

  5. Whew! What a scary question. Top 5 horror books might include books by Stephen King and Clive Barker and should also include Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice, You Suck by Chris Moore. I guess the classic ones would be Dracula by Bram Stoker and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. But I have to confess that Horror is not my genre of choice so if you have any you’d like to add, please tell me.

  6. Hey Simone,
    Around March in the Grade 12 year we send out a call for contestants. They get together and write a multiple choice test with one question for each of the 100 books. I know it sounds hit or miss, but we only expect a top score in the 30s and it has produced pretty fair results in years past.

  7. How do we let you know which one we have read?

  8. Mackenzie Plateau

    Hello 🙂 I adore horror books ! What are the top 5? so that I can read them! 😀

  9. At York Mills, we do not charge fines on fiction, only on non-fiction.

  10. Yay! I accually wanted to read some of the books before and never got the chance to put any holds on them in the tpl, but do you need to pay fines if the books get overdue?

  11. The “Well-Read” list is posted in the corner by the emergency exit doors. It is also available on this page (see above).

  12. where is the “Well Read” list in the library?

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