2016 Wow! Reading Challenge Winners Crowned (view as PDF)

(Tuesday April 19, 2016) -Ten years, and still going strong! The 2016 Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program’s Wow! Reading Challenge came to an end on April 1st, and the totals show that reading as a competitive sport in Nova Scotia is serious business.

Ten years ago, the humble beginnings of the Wow! Reading Challenge began with one rural school tucked away in picturesque corner of Pictou County. The Saltsprings Elementary School bravely answered the challenge issued by Cst. John Kennedy, RCMP with the Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program to see how many books they could read in a 1-month period. Since then, how the sport of competitive reading has grown. Schools for all ages and around the world have taken up the challenge for Wow! World Literacy supremacy. This year, 78 schools courageously participated in the reading challenge, flexed their reading ability prowess and powered through a whopping grand total of 959,658 books at the elementary school level and 1,793,449 pages at the middle and high school levels.

As a result, the bragging rights for World Literacy supremacy go to the following Gold Medal winners -

  • Elementary School Level: 
    • Fiddler’s Division - Donkin-Gowrie Complex (Elementary School)
    • Tartan Division - A.G. Baillie Memorial School
  • Middle School Level:
    • Fiddler’s Division - Hants North Rural Middle School
    • Tartan Division - Sir Robert Borden Junior High School
  • High School Level:
    • Fiddler’s Division - Springhill Senior High School
    • Tartan Division - Breton Education Senior High School.  
  • First Nation Elementary School Level:
    • Fiddler’s Division -  L nu Sipuk Kina moukuom Elementary School
    • Tartan division - Eskasoni Elementary School
  • First Nation Middle School:
    • Wagmatcookewey Middle School
  • First Nation High School:
    • Wagmatcookewey High School.
  • French Division:
    • Ecole Belleville
  • Justice Division:
    • Kings Regional Rehabilitation Center


Past Champions Category:

  • Elementary School Level–
    • Fiddler’s Division - Shipyard Elementary School
    • Tartan Division - Walter Duggan Elementary School,
  • Middle School Level:
    • Fiddlers Division -West Colchester Middle School 
    • Tartan Division - Malcolm Munroe Middle School
  • First Nations School Level:
    • Membertou Elementary School.  

The Challenge ran from November 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016 for Elementary Schools and from November 30, 2015 to April 1, 2016 for Middle and High Schools.  The Wow! Reading Challenge is open to any school in the world that wishes to participate. The Reading Challenge is hosted by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library through a partnership with Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program, the RCMP, local policing agencies, schools, school boards and community sponsors. To learn more, go to

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Media Contact:
Const. John Kennedy, RCMP  
Provincial Coordinator, Adopt-a-Library Literacy Program
Phone: 1(902) 755-6031 or toll-free 1(866)779-7761
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