Friday Feature: The Children’s Book Bank

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Friday Feature:

The Children’s Book Bank


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

There’s nothing more that I love as much as I love books—except for programs and initiatives that advocate literacy and social justice.

And because of that I’m extremely excited to feature The Children’s Book Bank, which is a registered charity that provides free books and literacy support to children (from infants to age 12) in low-income Toronto neighbourhoods.

They are located at 350 Berkeley Street, housing a wonderful and welcoming space to young, aspiring and avid readers.

Children and their families are encouraged to visit The Children’s Book Bank, which is much like a visit to a children’s book store except that the books are free of charge! Children are encouraged to browse the shelves (that include gently used and new books), sit and read or listen in during Story Time by dedicated volunteers (or the authors of the books themselves!).

After some quality time has been spent there, children and their caregivers are permitted to take one book per visit!

The volunteers, including many former teachers and librarians, are happy to assist the children in selecting appropriate books and to also read with them.

To see how wonderful, essential, and effective The Canadian Book Bank is for children and literacy, check out this video:


How Can You Help?

Ways to Donate

1. Online at Canada Helps.

2. Phone The Canadian Book Bank to donate with your credit card: 416-922-7323.

3.  Book Donations

  • The Canadian Book Bank welcomes donations of gently-used, high quality children’s books. Dictionaries are also welcome.
  • Books may be dropped off during their hours of operation.They cannot accept donations of:
    • adult books or novels
    • young adult books or novels
    • books published more than ten years ago
    • school or text books
    • discarded school or library books
    • magazines
    • damaged books

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturdays: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Closed Fridays and Sundays.


For more information, please visit their website.


What ways could you personally get involved in to further literacy for children?

Why not commit to taking action today!


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