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“Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.”

- Lloyd Alexander

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Our Story

The Children’s Book Bank was founded by a small group of dedicated individuals who saw the importance of ensuring that all children have access to books. Since 2008, the Book Bank has grown and reached more families as a result of the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who have donated funds, books and their time.

The Children’s Book Bank is grateful to Jocelyn Barford, Kim Beatty, Willa Black, Joanne Browne, Jane Crist, Nancy Evans, Janet MacPhail, Kathy Martin, Janet Newlands, Diane Rhind, Nora Spence, and Louise Sugar and acknowledges the advice and support of Carol McCabe and Nora Spence, founders of the Bookshare Program.

Our Impact

"One thing that I like about the Book Bank is that when I was in grade 6 I did not like books or even like to read but now I love it. I think I love it so much because they have more books for you to choose from and they help you in the Book Bank to find the book that is just right for you. Thank you so much for everything."

- a former Book Bank visitor

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To learn more about the Impact the Children's Book Bank has had on our local community please click here.


Take a Tour

The Children’s Book Bank has a large inventory of beautiful books suitable for children from birth to age 12, and more recently a new Teen Book Bank has been added to our storefront space. Families are welcome to visit as often as they wish and every child (and accompanying caregiver) can take and keep one book every day. The Children’s Book Bank is staffed by child literacy experts who assist the customers in selecting appropriate books and to provide advice.



With support from hundreds of donors, The Children’s Book Bank is able to provide books and literacy support to many of our city’s most vulnerable community members.

We are grateful to our many generous supporters and funders.

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