Stories for Students
Through its Stories for Students Program, The Children’s Book Bank hosts free field trips for schools, daycares and after school programs. During these trips children enjoy a lively and entertaining story time followed by an opportunity to browse in the Book Bank and select a free book to take home and keep. There is no charge for these trips but groups of eight or more must book in advance by following the link or calling 416-922-7323.
Books Beyond Berkeley Street
The Children’s Book Bank has established a range of outreach initiatives and partnerships with other organizations in order to reach children across the Greater Toronto Area. The Children’s Book Bank has distributed free books to children in many of Toronto’s high-needs neighbourhoods including Parkdale, Jane and Finch, Weston, Lawrence Heights, Flemindon Park, Crescent Town and Malvern.
The Children’s Book Bank provides a regular supply of books to the following organizations so that they may operate their own community book banks:
- Albion Neighbourhood Services in United Way’s Rexdale Hub
- Macaulay Child Development Centre in the Eglington Humber area
- East York East Toronto Family Resources in the Ontario Early Years Centre in the Crescent Town Hub
- Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office in the Ontario Early Years Centre and adjacent Neighbourhood Office
B3 – Building Babies’ Brains
Did you know that reading to babies and small children has now been recognized as an important health care practice by both the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics? Reading to babies stimulates brain development and build a baby’s brain.
Through the B3 program, The Children’s Book Bank partners with local medical clinics to provide training and books so that health practitioners can provide literacy advice and a free book to families at every wellness visit from birth to age five!