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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. 

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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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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

Events

The Children’s Book Bank hosts a variety of events at our storefront and throughout the city to promote their mission and share the love books and reading. 

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