We have a wonderful group of people who spend their days helping children discover the love of books and reading both at our storefront and through our partnerships across the Greater Toronto Area.
Mary Ladky – Executive Director
Mary, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the youngest of six children, has been an itinerant educator, having lived and taught in many places around the world. When she was very young, she read Make Way for Ducklings repeatedly, always marveling at the beautiful illustrations of a large family of ducks looking for a place to call home.
Roxanne Deans – Director of Inventory, Outreach & Communications
Roxanne is typical bookworm, set her up with a cup of tea, her cats, a blanket and a good book and she’s set for the day. Norbert Nipkin is the first book she ever chose for herself (at 6 years old) and it’s been her favourite book ever since
Loribeth Gregg – Director of Programming and Development
Reading (and watching) Charlie and Lola at the age of 16 drew Lori to the conclusion that she would always prefer children's literature, no matter how old she was. She feels lucky to be sharing her love of Charlie and Lola and other "kids' stuff" every day at the Book Bank.
Dave Page – Outreach Coordinator
Dave has been working with children's books and family literacy programs in Toronto for 25 years. A favourite picture book is Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day. Dave collects vinyl records and has plans to watch the Leafs win the Cup.
Naziha Ullah – Saturday Supervisor
Naziha is an aspiring teacher who adores working with children! Books and literature hold a special place in her heart. She enjoys writing poetry and drawing in her free time; letting her imagination loose to take her where it pleases! A recent rediscovery of Anne of Green Gables has led to a newfound love for Anne Shirley and has fueled Naziha's imagination for "It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?”
Randy Goldman – Volunteer, Operations Support
Randy is a former elementary school teacher who spends much of his time volunteering around Toronto at theatres farmers market, as well as at the Book Bank. Randy’s favourite book is Black Beauty, the first book that touched him deeply, and made him cry.
Volunteers – with skills of all kinds and too numerous to name. Current volunteers please click here to login.
Board of Directors
Sarah Facey, Chair
Zenia B. Wadhwani
Every month, The Children’s Book Bank distributes over 5,000 books to help support literacy programming at many neighbourhood and social agencies across the city, as well as some schools, newcomer services, EarlyON and Community Health Centres. The Book Bank has long standing relationships with Macaulay Child Development Centre, East York East Toronto Family resources, Albion Neighbourhood Services, Thorncilffe Neighbourhood Office, The 519, Parents for Better Beginnings and others.
To see the impact The Children’s Book had across the city in 2018-2019 click here.