Thank you to our Book Donors

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.

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An Extraordinary Evening at the Children’s Book Bank

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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.

Why I Became a Monthly Donor

 

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!

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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. 

-Karen Whaley

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Book of the Month – November

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.

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Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @bookbankcanada on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

Reading Across Toronto: The Traveling Book Bank

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The Children’s Book Bank is SO excited to be participating in this year’s AVIVA Community Fund competition.

The name of our proposed project…
Reading Across Toronto: The Traveling Book Bank

And it’s just what you think. We are looking to take The Children’s Book Bank on the road, to bring the experience of choosing and keeping a book, sharing stories and the joy of reading to neighborhood parks and community centres beyond our current reach. And you can help us make that happen by just a few clicks of your mouse.

Please help us our by voting HERE.

Each registered participant (register with your email or directly via Facebook) has 18 votes to use at any time between October 11 and October 28. Spread your votes around or use them all to support one project (maybe ours, hint hint). The 15 ideas that receive the most votes in each of the two funding levels (five from each idea category) including the top-ranked broker-supported idea will become finalists.

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Book of the Month – October

October’s Book of the Month is Rules by Cynthia Lord. This award-winning debut novel tells the story of 12 year old Catherine and her relationship with her autistic brother, David. This humorous and sensitive story is about navigating life with a special needs family member and learning to accept differences in yourself and others. Join us in reading this endearing and inspiring tale.

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Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @bookbankcanada on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

A Message from our Executive Director, Mary Ladky

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I’m delighted to be writing a post in my new role as Executive Director of The Children’s Book Bank, located on Berkeley Street in downtown Toronto. For me, having the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization is, no overstatement, a dream come true. The really short version of why that’s the case is this: I’ve always been a reader, always deeply connected to the reading experience, and have always believed that the act of reading is truly human: it is joyful, engaged with the other, civil (as opposed to the merely polite) and genuinely empathetic. Honesty moment: I preferred reading books to completing school work, still prefer reading fiction to non-fiction, and yearned for the chance to share my joy of reading with others. Thankfully, it’s worked out for me. Eventually, I made the connection between reading and being successful at school, completing my doctoral studies at OISE/UT in 2005. I started teaching English way back in 1988; it was a vocation which propelled me and my family to living in rural New York state, Beijing during Tiananmen Square, Montreal, Hong Kong and, finally, Peterborough, Ontario where I was fortunate enough to instruct hard-working and eager Bachelor of Education students at Trent University from 2004 until 2012. A professional highlight for me before coming to the CBB is, without a doubt, my recent visit to Tanzania where I watched and learned from the dedicated educators at the Mwanga Secondary School for Girls outside Arusha. At the heart of the school’s mission, as at the CBB, is a strong belief in supporting the independent agency of every child to succeed as a learner, a reader and, ultimately, as an informed citizen of their communities, close to home and further afield.

Book of the Month – September

The Book of the Month for September is E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This much loved classic adventure story is about two siblings who decide to run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum for a week. Join us and read this two-time Newberry Award winner and see what has made it such an enduring favourite.

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Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @bookbankcanada on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads

The Book Bank & StoryMobs Finally Together!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Media Contact:

Roxanne Deans, 416-670-6074
storymobs@gmail.com
www.storymobs.ca

StoryMobs will be pursuing some fantastical beasts

of its own with If I Had a Gryphon!

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Toronto, ON… It’s time to lure those Sasquatch out of hiding and release the Kraken, because StoryMobs is mobilizing any and all mythological creatures for If I Had a Gryphon on Saturday, September 10, somewhere just east of downtown Toronto.
Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might more challenging than she thought. An imaginative new book written by Vikki Van VanSickle, filled with playful illustrations by Cale Atkinson.
StoryMobs are where great books meet flash mobs with a dash of ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ thrown in. A story mob is inspired by an exceptional book and allows for participation in a variety of ways including costumes & props, simple choreography and reading from the book. StoryMobs are primarily aimed at families, but warmly welcome the involvement of book-lovers, flash mob-enthusiasts and fun folks of all ages. StoryMobs is a free event.
Like other flash mobs, StoryMobs appear out of nowhere in an apparently spontaneous way, in a busy public space, at a (quietly) designated time and then disperse without any additional fanfare after they have finished.

*Exact location for all StoryMobs will be given to participants 24 hours before event.

Book:     If I Had a Gyphon by Vikki VanSickle, illustrated by Cale Atkinson

Date:     Saturday, September 10, 2016-08-18

Time:     Sometime between 12:00 and 3:00pm

We are thrilled to be partnering with The Children’s Book Bank for this StoryMob. The Children’s Book Bank is a registered charity that supports childhood literacy by providing free books and literacy support to children in low-income neighbourhoods in the Toronto area. Since opening its doors in 2008, The Children’s Book Bank has distributed over 600,000 free books to children and their families in the Toronto region. To learn more visit www.childrensbookbank.com

And a special thank you to Penguin Random House and Vikki VanSickle for their support of our event.

The StoryMobs project was created to inspire a sense of community, while nurturing literacy and imagination. For more information on how to get involved, visit the StoryMobs website at www.storymobs.ca.

Book of the Month – August

The Book of the Month for August is Gordon Korman’s Island Book One: Shipwreck.  The first book of the Island trilogy is about six kids who are shipwrecked on a desert island. Read this adventure story with us and find out how these kids cope and survive.

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Read the Book of the Month with us and participate in the discussion!

1) Write us a review (#BookBankReads) and we will post it to our blog

2) Tweet your thoughts on our choice to @bookbankcanada using the hashtag #bookbankreads

3) Follow @bookbankcanada on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads