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

A Message from First Nations School of Toronto Teacher, Malia Mitha

Over the past several years the students at First Nations School of Toronto, which is a specialized school in the Toronto District School Board located at Dundas St. and Broadview Ave., have been able to visit the Children’s Bookbank. Each experience walking over to the book bank has been an exciting time for the students as they are emergent readers and always look forward to the opportunity to scour the bookshelves looking for books of interest to take home.

As the grade 1/2 teacher at First Nations School, I really value this experiential excursion because it reinforces the importance of reading, in addition to the joy it brings. Each visit begins with preselected read alouds, which always peak the interest of students, as they are well written books that are rich and engaging. Personally I find the opportunity to listen to a great read a bonding experience for the students and myself as they witness how for those fifteen minutes nothing else matters expect what is being heard and experienced in our imagination.

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On behalf of our school community we would like to acknowledge the cherished gift we have each year to visit the Children’s Bookbank multiple times. As an educator I will continue to commit time in our school year to visit the friendly staff at the book bank seeing that picking up a book is often not part of the students daily routine in this age of rapid technology development, nor is it always possible due to financial constraints to have access to a plethora of great literature at home.

-Malia Mitha, Grade 1/2 Teacher, First Nations School of Toronto

 

Book of the Month – July

July’s Book of the Month is “Silverwing” by Kenneth Oppel.   “Silverwing” is about a young bat, Shade who is the runt of his colony. Shade is determined to prove himself amongst his peers in this richly imaginative tale. Read this truly original work of fantasy with our Book of the Month club members!

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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

Book of the Month – June

The Book of the Month for June is “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson.  “Bridge to Terabithia” is an Newberry award-winning book about two lonely children who create a magical secret kingdom in the woods.  This is a book about friendship, imagination, and struggling with “big” feelings. Read this wonderful classic book with our Book of the Month club members!

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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