Programs and Partnerships
Beyond our success of gathering and giving away gently used books, the Book Bank’s impact continues to expand by utilizing our inventory to support enhanced literacy programming both at our storefront and with our various community partners. Here’s how it works:
Programming at the Storefront
School Trips with Story-times
Free field trips for schools, daycares and summer camps, which include an entertaining story-time followed by browsing and choosing a free book to take home. In 2018, we hosted 540 trips at the Book Bank. If you would like to book a field trip for your students/group, please click here.
After School Activities
After school time is one of our busiest. Children can participate in our fun monthly book club or special calendar activities. Keep an eye on our news posts for current book club picks, contests and events.
Saturday Story Times
Open from 10:00am – 3:00pm every Saturday during the school year, our 11:30am and 1:30pm story times are designed to be enjoyed by families on a drop-in basis.
Dictionaries for Newcomers
It’s important to access a physical dictionary when learning a new language like English. The Book Bank purchases new dictionaries with a discount from Scholastic Publishers and with help from donors.
Readers to Leaders
Each year we hire local high school students to work in our storefront. These students gain customer service work experience in an environment which they might know well from past visits.
School Holiday Programs
The Children’s Book Bank is open the second week of the winter holiday, March Break and all summer. We offer fun family-oriented programming as well as a regular story time. The Book Bank will also be hosting special themed PA Days throughout the school year.
Literacy Programming Beyond the Storefront
Books Across The City
Every month, we distribute over 5,000 books to help support the programming at literacy centres including Albion Neighbourhood Services in Rexdale; Macaulay Child Development Centre in the Eglington Humber area; East York East Toronto Family Resources in Crescent Town, Sackville and Cosburn neighbourhoods; TNO – The Neighbourhood Organization in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park.
We also regularly distribute books to organizations like The 519, Robertson House, Parents for Better Beginnings, , the Muslim Welfare Centre, local medical clinic waiting rooms, newcomer programs via the City of Toronto and many others.
Early Literacy Outreach Programs
Did you know that reading to babies is recognized as an essential wellness practice by both the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics? Early reading establishes the important bond between babies and their caregivers and leads to later school success. We now partner with 24 medical clinics and EarlyON centres, providing practitioners and their clients with materials which outline developmentally appropriate literacy strategies as well as beautiful new books for each of those crucial stages of preparing to learn how to read.