The Gift of Imagination

The Children's Book Bank

There's nothing more powerful than a story

We share the imaginary world of Sesame Street, talking trains and superhero pups with kids before they have a good grasp of the real world. Books about hungry caterpillars, green eggs and ham and flying peaches transport children to fantasy lands. We do this because books cultivate imagination and help expand our view of the world. Smart people have also said that reading books helps the brain to grow. Whatever the benefit, all kids should get the chance to fly with a pixie or cast spells with a young wizard.

The Children’s Book Bank has been sharing stories and introducing children to imaginary worlds for over 10 years. They offer free books and literacy support to low-income families across the GTA. They collect gently used children’s books from families who have finished with them and distribute the books to kids in low-income communities.

This time of the year, The Book Bank is in need of our slightly used children’s books. So let’s hand over a man-like-dog, a cat named Pete or a captain in underpants to give a bit of fantasy and a whole lot of literacy to the kids.

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”
― J.K. Rowling

Fulfill the need

In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out The Children’s Book Bank. Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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Target: $200

Contributions to date: $50

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Pool funds

The Children’s Book Bank has done the math and they know it costs around $2 to process every donated book (all the work that goes into getting your donated book into the hands of a kid who needs it). The donated books are awesome, but it would be great to cover some of the processing costs as well. Our goal is to pick up 200 donated books from Troopers and to cover at least half of the processing fees for these books.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Donated goods

It’s time to release the children’s books that have been sitting on the shelf in your basement for years back into the world. As professional transporters of inner goodness, we want to give you a hand. Register below for a FREE pick up of your donated books. We’ll swing by on Thursday, November 28th from 8.30-11am in the Roncy / High Park / Parkdale hoods. Not all books will do though, we need books for kids aged 0-12, in new or gently used condition (no missing covers, torn pages, colouring in them or bite marks), books must be printed in the last 10 years (2009 to present).

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

More Details: The Children's Book Bank

The Children’s Book Bank wants to make reading and literacy accessible to all. They provide free books and education to children living in low-income neighbourhoods across Toronto. With a wide variety of books donated by caring neighbours, children from ages 0-12 have no problem finding a story they can tuck into.

The Book Bank has evolved from a storefront space in Regent Park where families and their children could go to listen to stories, browse the books and choose to take one home, to an organization now serving community centres, schools and health clinics throughout the city, with books and literacy materials. The Book Bank supports literacy development in low-income communities because increased literacy rates are linked to poverty reduction.

In 2018, the Children’s Book Bank gave away 127,000 donated books.
350 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2X5

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