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Cabbagetown BIA

The Children’s Book Bank

350 Berkeley Street
(Gerrard Street & Parliament)
Toronto, ON M5A 2X5


The Children’s Book Bank was founded in late 2007 by a small group of dedicated individuals who saw the importance of ensuring that all children have access to books. Since then The Children’s Book Bank has grown and developed because of the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations who have donated funds, books and their time. See their website if you would like to donate.

The Children’s Book Bank provides free books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighborhoods across Toronto. Since 2008, the Book Bank has operated a beautiful storefront space located in the Regent Park/St. James Town neighborhood which welcomes school and camp groups as well as families and their children to listen to stories, browse their collection, and choose a favorite book to take home to keep.

The Book Bank has expanded its reach and now provides additional books and literacy materials through community centres, schools, and health clinics in low-income neighbourhoods throughout the city.

In 2016, The Children’s Book Bank gave away 120,000 donated books.

Beyond our success of gathering and giving away gently used books, the Book Bank’s impact continues to expand by utilizing their inventory to support enhanced literacy programming both at their storefront and with their various community partners. See their website for details.

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