Kindergarten Outreach and Grade 4 Outreach introduce TPL to Toronto’s children
“I’ve been an avid reader since a very young age,” said a library lover. “When I discovered the existence of the library I was completely in heaven. My childhood consisted of weekends walking down to the library with my family and spending time reading in the little corners.” You might also have fond childhood memories of visiting the library. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for all children. With help from donors, Toronto Public Library runs two outreach programs that introduce TPL to young children who otherwise might never visit the library.
Kindergarten Outreach was launched in 2002 with the goal that every child in kindergarten across the city is introduced to TPL and offered a library card. Librarians visit 100% of schools in priority neighbourhoods and 75% of other schools. During the 2014/2015 school year, librarians spoke with 44,000 kindergarten students.
“My little guy was so excited after the librarian’s visit that he dragged me into our local library the next day. I didn’t even know we had a library in our area,” said one father.
Grade 4 Outreach reaches children when they are transitioning from learning to read, to reading to learn. The program re-introduces students to TPL and provides parents with information about age-appropriate programs and services. In 2014/2015, donors funded welcome packages for 21,000 Grade 4 students.