Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Inaugural Cheater’s Trivia Night was a Huge Success!

On Monday night, over 40 people came out to The Blake House to try their skill at Cheater’s Trivia (all trivia was related to children’s literature), a fundraiser for The Children’s Book Bank.  The entire evening was organized and hosted by a group of outstanding students from Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media, and Design.  The evening was filled laughter, yummy food and cheating! (teams could buy answers to questions they didn’t know – $4 per question)

Here’s a sampling of the questions from last night:

  1. How many publishing houses rejected J.K. Rowling before she was signed?
  2. Name three characters from The Wind in the Willows.
  3. What is the name of the girls’ teacher in Madeline?

Kudos to Team Fab-U-Lous for winning the amazing prize pack (4 bottles of wine, 4 AGO admission tickest, 4 movie passes and party planning essentials).

We were all enamoured by the evening’s M.C., Robert Paul Weston, an award-winning children’s author who lives in Toronto.  He spoke passionately about the impact that The Children’s Book Bank has, giving books to a child who does not own a single one.  We were all moved by his words and thank him deeply for coming to support our night.

The night would not have been the success it was, without the efforts and energy of this awesome team of students:  (left to right) Simon McNeil, Martha Holmen, Erica Geller, Katie MacKay and Brian Millar.

And one more thank you, to the businesses of Cabbagetown who donated items to our silent auction.

Cabbagetown Organics Fine Foods

Kevin Sylvester, author of the Neil Flambé series, visits the Book Bank!

The highlight of last week was Friday – a day we’ve dubbed “Kevin Sylvester Fan Day” at the Book Bank.  A grade 6 class from a nearby school was lucky enough to share an hour with a Toronto writing gem, Kevin Sylvester, as he enlightened, encouraged and entertained them with stories from his time as a CBC Radio sportscaster and as the writer/artist of the Neil Flambé series.

Rather than just reading excerpts from his books, Kevin helped the students examine and understand the character weakness of Neil Flambé, and other major athletes.  He emphasized that one-dimensional people (those with a singular purpose in life – for Neil, it would be cooking) are rarely happy or as successful as they could be had they lived their lives with multiple interests and passions.  The message was supported by hilarious examples:  a baseball pitcher who ironed his shirt while wearing it; a snowboard-cross champion who fell victim to the tortoise-and-the-hare fable.

The last piece of the visit was an art lesson by Kevin that helped even struggling artists find a footing:  start with a circle, and the limits to what you can draw are unlimited!  Every student left with an autograph and personalized doodle by Kevin, in addition to a book of their choice from the Book Bank.

Thanks so much to Kevin for making this memorable day possible!  We’re looking forward to the next book in the series in 2012!

Here’s a doodle that Kevin made for the Book Bank!

Cheater’s Trivia Night for the Children’s Book Bank

A group of students in the Centennial College Corporate Communications and Public Relations class of 2012 is hosting an inaugural fundraising event for the Children’s Book Bank. The MC for the evening will be Ontario Library Association’s book award nominated children’s and young adults author Robert Paul Weston. The highlight of the evening will be a “Cheater’s Trivia” game where contestants have the option to pay for answers to the questions. These questions will be on topics related to children’s literature. All funds raised this way will go directly to the Children’s Book Bank.

The event will be held at The Blake House restaurant and pub located at 449 Jarvis St. just south of Wellesley St. East on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and we are offering a $2 discount to anyone who brings an eligible children’s book donation. Trivia night teams can be between one and four people, so bring some friends. You can buy tickets at the Children’s Book Bank starting on November 7, 2011 or can contact the student team at or through facebook and twitter to arrange registration directly.



The Corporate Communications and Public Relations department is a division of Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media, and Design.