A great big Thank You to all of our book donors! Without you, we really wouldn’t be able to do what we do. With 95% of our inventory coming from donations, you have helped us distribute over 28,000 books since July.
As we head toward the holiday season we hope you will consider hosting a book drive or fundraiser for The Children’s Book Bank. Office, school and community holiday parties and events are a great way to keep book drives fun and easy. And the books you collect and donate to us help put books into the hands of children who might not otherwise get to own a book of their own.
A special thank you to the Can You Read Festival; a new initiative presented by CulchaWorks and sponsored by TD Canada Trust to create greater awareness about the relationship between hunger and illiteracy. We were happy to spend the day at Harbourfront this summer, helping to promote the cause and thrilled to receive the gift of additional books.
Board members, staff and volunteers of the Children’s Book Bank attended a very special event on September 28 when Shannon Neufeldt from KAIROS and Dr. Bob Phillips (a non-status Mi’kmaq elder) led the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. This exercise is a teaching tool that helps to raise awareness of the nation to nation relationship between Indigenous and non -Indigenous peoples in Canada and also teaches a history of Canada that most people never learn. It was an evening that increased awareness of history with Indigenous peoples of Canada. The Book Bank hopes to continue this ‘conversation’ by integrating Indigenous story-telling into our programming. Thanks to our volunteer, Kathi Tanel, for helping to make this special evening a reality.
The Children’s Book Bank has made a huge impact in my life as a new mother. From the time my daughter Elizabeth was four or five months old, we’ve been visiting the Book Bank to discover new board books, play on the carpet and meet other kids and parents. It’s become something like a second home for us. I think she took her first steps there!
We’re incredibly lucky to live just a few doors down from the Children’s Book Bank, but we’re also lucky because Elizabeth does not face the social or financial barriers to literacy like many of the children in the neighbourhood. Early in our visits, I was concerned that taking a book from the Book Bank meant that it wouldn’t make its way into the hands someone who needed it more than us. Becoming a monthly donor was a way for me to appreciate the gift of a book while giving something in return. My donation supports the Book Bank’s phenomenal staff and volunteers and increases their capacity to do more programming and outreach in the community. This is more than what could be achieved by simply buying a book from a store.
November’s Book of the Month is Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Matilda is an exceptional little girl who is misunderstood by her parents and hated by her school’s headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Just when Matilda can’t take anymore, she discovers that she has remarkable powers that will help her fight back. Join us and read this magical book about the power of reading and friendship.
Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!
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