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MONTREAL, APRIL 6,   2011 – Students across the English Montreal School Board will hit the books in a few weeks as the beneficiaries of a generous donation of 25,000 new, hard cover books from Reader’s Digest.

The EMSB will distribute these books to the elementary sector as most of the titles are geared towards a younger population. These books will serve as additional resources to promote literacy among our students. The English Montreal School Board is in the second year of a three year initiative to promote literacy and welcomes this donation from Reader’s Digest.

“At Reader’s Digest we like to be supportive of great community and educational initiatives,” stated Tony Cioffi, President and CEO of Reader’s Digest Canada. “We believe in the power of words to inspire youth and either it be through our online content, books or magazines, we hope our contribution will introduce a new generation to some great stories.”

“When Reader’s Digest heard about our literacy initiative, they were very supportive,” said Marzia Michielli, EMSB Region 1  Director “We’re so thankful that they’re helping us promote literacy in our schools.”

Amongst thousands of others, elementary school students are set to receive classic books for beginning readers such as Beauty and the Beast (6,725 copies), Snow White (1,133 ), Pinocchio (948 ), Robin Hood (993). Educational books from the “I Wonder Why” series such as: The Sea is Salty (894), Penguins Get Cold (557), Greeks Built Temples (567. High school students will enjoy Dorian Gray (775) and Pride and Prejudice (697 from the “World’s Best Reading” series. The books will be housed at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard where the International Baccalaureate students will fulfill some of their community service commitment in helping to prepare the orders for the schools.

Reader’s Digest is a leading Canadian multi-brand media and marketing company that educates, entertains and inspires, connecting audiences throughout Canada. It publishes five magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Sélection, Canada's most read magazines with 7.3 million readers a month. In 2008, it launched Best Health, a healthy lifestyle magazine for Canadian women and More of Our Canada, a companion magazine to the very popular Our Canada magazine. Along with being a premier publisher of books, music and video products, it operates a network of branded websites in Canada, including,,,,,, and


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213