For the past few years, The Principal’s Club has supported the Children’s Book Bank. If you’ve never heard of it, it is a wonderful facility in downtown Toronto that provides free books to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to books of their own. It is also a lovely space where children can go to browse for books and attend storytime sessions with the staff. The Club will sorely miss making their trip to the Book Bank this year. Delivering books and reading in the big comfy chairs and sunny window seats was always a spring highlight for the club.
Despite having to keep their busy storefront closed due to COVID 19, The Children’s Book Bank is continuing to provide books to children and families in need. The Principal’s Club usually holds its Book Drive in Term 3 and we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to still make a donation.
In case you’re wondering how book donations can continue while COVID measures are in place, the Book Bank staff and volunteers are working hard to make sure books still get into the hands of children that need them most. Donated books are sanitized, packed up, and organized by age into new plastic bags to be delivered to some of Toronto’s food banks and other social service agencies to distribute. Families receive bags of age-appropriate books when they pick up food or access health or educational services. Almost 4,500 books have found their way to children since our closure on March 14.
Please contact the Book Bank at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about bringing your book donations to The Children’s Book Bank.
You can also visit their Facebook page for celebrity author postings, links to online storytimes, and lots of craft and literacy ideas for you and your kids to enjoy while staying at home. Subscribe to their Youtube channel for storytimes performed by staff and volunteers and our suggested playlists for more literacy-based fun too.