CBB Summer Newsletter

Summer Programs

Summer Reading Program & Canada 150

To celebrate Canada’s 150th, as well as the millennia of Indigenous history before Confederation, we’ve been taking a digital “road trip” on social media, asking notable Canadians across the country about their favourite children’s books. You can see who we’ve met so far here.  This summer, we invite visitors to the Book Bank to take a Reading Road Trip of their own! Each province and territory will be represented by a book genre or subject in a travel journal and the journal will include a mini-map of Canada.  Children who read books from the suggested topics will collect stickers in their journals, and can win fun prizes at the end of the summer! Come in to the Book Bank on (or after) July 5th to learn more and pick up a journal. Happy travels!

Summer Field Trips

We continue to welcome bookings from day cares and day camps during the summer months. Field trips to the Book Bank include an entertaining and educational storytime and a chance for children to browse our shelves for their favorite book to take home – for free. To book a trip, please visit www.childrensbookbank.com.

Saturday Storytime will Return

Saturday Storytime for Families continues until the end of June.  The Book Bank will be closed on Saturdays during July and August.  We’ll see our Saturday visitors in September!

In the meantime we hope you will join us for the drop in story-times we have scheduled for:

Mon July 17 at 1:00 PM
Mon July 31 at 1:00 PM
Mon Aug 14 at 1:00 PM
Mon Aug 28 at 1:00 PM


Our Growing Number of Literacy Partners

The Book Bank is pleased to share the news that we’ve added new partners to our growing number of recipients for our books and literacy materials.  The first is Jessie’s Centre, which was established by the late June Callwood to offer comprehensive services to pregnant teens and young mothers and their children facing obstacles such as poverty and social isolation. Next we welcome Robertson House located on Sherbourne Street, which provides emergency shelter for homeless women and their children. And finally, The Native Women’s Centre, an organization which is dedicated to providing resources and support to urban Indigenous women and their families.

Saying Good-Bye and Welcome!

A special good-bye to Lindsay Timmins after over five years of dedicated service to the Book Bank and hello to Loribeth Gregg, our new Manager, Volunteer Engagement and Programming.  Lindsay is taking on a wonderful new position with the Toronto Public Library and Loribeth is joining us full-time after working at the Book Bank as both a volunteer and as our Saturday Supervisor.

New Website Launch

We hope many of you have already visited our new website which was launched just recently.  It’s been visually refreshed and is now easier to navigate.  We want to extend our tremendous gratitude to Sputnik Design, located in Regent Park, for their beautiful work.  Sputnik Design has a strong commitment to developing high quality communication materials for not-for-profits which would otherwise not be able to afford them.  Please take a look if you haven’t already:  www.childrensbookbank.com.


Please join us for this special evening of conversation, food and music in support of The Children’s Book Bank.  Read more about this one-of-a-kind evening and book your tickets here.


Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Charity Challenge

We are looking for our Book Bank friends to join us this October 22 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k (run or walk) and help us raise funds for Book Bank programs.We will be kicking off our “Bookworm to Road Runner” exercise campaign in early July, giving us 14 weeks until marathon day. We’ve got a Couch-to-5k plan where we will be tracking our team members’ progress and sharing our journey via our blog and social media. We hope you’ll join us for all the fun!Click here to register to run, fundraise or donate to the Book Bank team.

Our gratitude goes out to…

  • Our 50+ volunteers and staff who make achieving our mission possible.
  • Our board of directors who provide essential leadership.
  • Our book donors, including hundreds of individuals, school groups and organizations. Donated, gently used books are essential to the work of the Book Bank and so we thank you.
  • Our generous financial supporters who also ensure the mission of the Book Bank continues. Thank you to our foundation and corporate contributors, our monthly donors, and the hundreds of individuals who give generously.
  • Look for our 2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements on our website:  www.childrensbookbank.com in early July.