OPLA Best Bets Committee

This committee is comprised of Librarians and Library Technicians who are OLA members, work in public libraries and are committed to children’s and young adult services and eager to evaluate and promote Canadian books. We are a long standing committee with a strong voice in promoting Canadian literature for children and young adults. Our goals include highlighting excellence in the current publishing year for the OLA membership, bolstering the Canadian publishing industry, developing recognition for Canadian authors and Canadian books, and providing teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and other interested parties with a meaningful list to assist in collection development and readers’ advisory.

Meetings are held a minimum of four times a year. Members discuss and evaluate recent publications by Canadian authors and illustrators. The books evaluated are suitable for children and young adults from birth to nineteen years old. From these discussions, the Committee produces “Best Bets” lists, annual annotated lists of recommended titles. These lists are released each year at the OLA Super Conference.

The Best Bets Committee is a wonderful opportunity to evaluate new Canadian books, network with colleagues and be an active participant in OLA


Kara Miley
Toronto Public Library

Theresa Power
Centre for Equitable Library Access

Kim Fernandes
Trent Lakes Public Library

Katie Vlanich
Windsor Public Library

Meagan Wilkinson
Orillia Public Library

Samantha Dillane
Caledon Public Library

Stephanie McPherson
Trent Lakes Public Library

Jennie Fallis
Mississauga Public Library

Emily Bingham
Mississauga Public Library

Linda Ludke
London Public Library

Tiziana Bruno
Vaughan Public Library

Krista Sumnauth
Oakville Public Library

Melissa Macks
OLA Staff Liaison