A Good Book Drive, an annual book drive to bring stories to a new generation of readers, is expanding to Toronto this year. Since 2012 A Good Book Drive has gathered over 4,500 new books for children in Vancouver, Calgary and Brooklyn.
A Good Book Drive Toronto aims to raise 1,000 books in 29 days and inspire reading and writing skills for the kids that need it most in the city.
Running through the month of February, A Good Book Drive asks Torontonians to purchase a new copy of their favourite kids’ book and deliver it to set locations throughout the city including Type Books, Love Me Do, The Scullery, Tiny Record Shop, and many more. There, donors will be able to personalize their donation with a special bookplate, sharing their own story of why that book is special. By permanently placing those stories within the cover of the books, children will read the personal narratives and learn about the impact of that book on someone else’s life.
All books collected through the month of February will be donated to The Children’s Book Bank, a registered charity that supports childhood literacy by providing free books and literacy support to children in low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto. The Children’s Book Bank opened Canada’s first storefront “book bank” in Regent Park, and offers literacy support programs, including its popular Stories for Students Program, Books Beyond Berkeley Street Program and new B3 (Building Babies’ Brains) program. They are staffed by child literacy experts and knowledgeable volunteers who assist in selecting appropriate books and who provide advice and support on literacy issues.
A Good Book Drive will be sharing images and stories of the books donated in Toronto throughout the month of February at agoodbookdrive.com.
MY 10 YEARS WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK BANK
BY NABHAN RAHMAN, AGE 9
My very first visit to the book bank was in a 4
wheeler (Nope, not a car- it was a stroller) around the early 2008.
Ok, Ok. That does not N-O-T mean, I couldn’t walk, the fact was, the book bank was far away for my tiny little steps. On that day I met two REAL fairies (Kim, and Jane) –the book fairies. With their magic dust of kindness, care, and love they bound me to come, every day for the next 3 months. You can guess that I was about 1.5 yrs old. While coming back on the first day, my mom heard “woof, woof, meow, rabbit.” She searched for the noise, and came to the front of my stroller, found a serious reader! That means, the book bank already created an avid reader.
7 years later it’s 2015 and still the children’s book bank is a wonder to me. Who? Why? How could a lawyer sacrifice her whole career? What is the joy of giving?
It is a museum, it is a library, and it is an inspiration for me. All this helped me make up my mind to have a taste of giving.
Finally, I made up my mind in Oct. 2015 to donate Children’s Book Bank, $5 every month for the rest of my life.
From then, I am eagerly waiting for the months to come, and go.
Happy New Year!
It’s a new year and a new Book of the Month Challenge! This year we’ve got an exciting line-up of books. Participants who read all 12 Books of the Month will be entered into a draw for an Indigo gift card. Starting this year we will also be hosting monthly book club meetings for our avid Book of the Month readers. Come into the Book Bank today to find out how to sign up.
Our first Book of the Month pick for 2016 is E.B. White’s “The Trumpet of the Swan.” “The Trumpet of the Swan” tells the story of Louis, a voiceless swan who learns to communicate through music. Join us and read this classic tale of love and determination.
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 @thechildrensbookbank on Instagram and post a picture of yourself reading using the hashtag #bookbankreads