Reading is the basis for success in school and in life. And for so many of us, it’s a lifelong source of pleasure.

Did you know?

  •  The most important predictor of success at school is the amount of time people spend reading books.
  •  1 in 4 children starting school lacks the literacy skills needed to succeed.
  •  4 in 10 adults have low literacy skills and the situation in Toronto is predicted to worsen.
  • 33% of daycare children do not have someone who is able to read to them after school.

Donors support critical programs, services and collections

Leading to Reading

Leading to Reading pairs reluctant and struggling readers in Grades 1 to 6 with volunteers to work one-on-one for an hour a week.

Books, DVDs and other materials in 40 languages

Toronto Public Library serves the unique needs of our city by providing materials in 40 different languages. Newcomers to Toronto tell us that the ability to read books, newspapers and magazines in their native language helps them feel connected to their culture.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an outreach program in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital. Caregivers who bring their young children for their regular check-ups are counselled on the importance of reading aloud to children and are given materials that encourage reading at home.

Kids and parents love KidsStops

KidsStops invite young children to explore reading in fun, hands-on spaces. There are currently KidsStops in eight branches with more planned. About 140,000 children and caregivers include time at a KidsStop as part of their Library visit.

Home Library Service

Home Library Service is a lifeline for seniors and those who can’t leave their home. More than 2500 people depend on the service for books, audio-books, and other materials that allow them to pursue their love of reading.

Donors make life-changing programs and services possible

In addition to the above, donor support is critical for the following:

Learn more about the importance of early literacy and a partnership between Toronto Public Library and St. Michael’s hospital. Global News Reach Out and Read

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Torontonians love the Library

I think that Word Out was a life changer for me because if you know me well, I hate books. But after reading the recommendations on Word Out I gave it a try and I’ll tell you, I loved each and every book I took out. Now I’m reading books everywhere I go :)” Word Out participant

Despite all that has changed in my life since I was a young child, libraries have always been anchors for me. I can’t imagine life without them. Libraries propelled my love of reading, helped teach me how to write, and, moreover, how to think.” Heather A. Clark, author of Chai Tea Sunday and Elephant in the Sky