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Our Programs

The Children’s Book Bank provides free and engaging literacy programs at our storefront and with our various community partners. 

We acknowledge, advocate for, and are continuing to learn about marginalized groups that face inequity and discrimination

in our community. Our goal is to support these groups by providing positive, equitable and inclusive programs and services.


Storytimes for Students


These free field trips for schools, daycares and summer camps provides an entertaining storytime followed by the opportunity to browse and choose a book to take home to keep. If you would like to book a field trip for your students/group please click here


After School Activities


After school is one of our busiest times of the day. Children and families can drop-in to choose a book, as well as participate in special events including Halloween at the BoOOOok Bank, our annual Summer Reading Program, and much more!

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Saturday Storytimes


The Book Bank is open every Saturday during the school year. Our 11:15 am and 1:15 pm storytimes are intended for families and run on a drop-in basis.


School Holiday Programs


The Book Bank is open the second week of the winter holiday, March Break, on PA Days and all summer long. We offer fun family-oriented programming, as well as a regular storytimes.


Teen Book Bank


We have a beautiful dedicated space for our teen readers just outside our main storefront. Teens (12 – 18 yrs) are welcome to stop by to browse the shelves, sit and read, and leave with a book of their choice - for FREE.


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.


Dictionaries for Newcomers

It’s important to access a physical dictionary when learning a new language like English. The Children’s Book Bank receives beautiful new dictionaries with support from Scholastic Canada. 

Books Across The City


From our new warehouse, located in St. James Town, the Book Bank distributes thousands of books each month to community partners across Toronto. 

If you have a program that might benefit from our services, please click here


“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”

- Kate DiCamillo

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