Toronto Public Library announces ‘Let’s Get Ready for Reading’: a fun and easy guide to help kids become readers
Early literacy resource guide to be distributed free of charge to thousands of families across Toronto, and to every public library in Ontario
TORONTO (Tuesday, March 26, 2013) – At a launch event for its new publication, Toronto Public Library today announced that it will be widely distributing free copies of its new research-supported early literacy resource, Let’s Get Ready for Reading: a fun and easy guide to help kids become readers.
Through an ambitious plan – made possible by funding from the Toronto Public Library Foundation, thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous donor and support provided by the J.P. Bickell Foundation and the Rotary Club of Toronto – thousands of families in Toronto will have access to high quality research-based activities, resources, tips and librarian-recommended reading lists that help build reading readiness in children birth to five years old.
Recognizing the critical role that libraries play in building early literacy skills and cultivating a lifelong love of reading, Toronto Public Library is also providing a free copy to every library branch of every public library system in Ontario.
“Toronto Public Library is proud of this one-of-a-kind resource, and we are thrilled to be able to put it into the hands of so many parents, caregivers, educators and librarians across the city and province,”said City Librarian Jane Pyper. “I would like to recognize the great work of our Foundation and thank our donors, whose generosity and commitment to the library make this publication possible”
The Let’s Get Ready for Reading guide is available now to browse and borrow from all branches of Toronto Public Library, and over the coming months it will be distributed for free across Toronto to kindergartners, Ontario Early Years Centres, city-funded literacy centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres and licensed daycares, and to every public library in Ontario.
And through a partnership with Toronto Public Health, copies of Let’s Get Ready for Reading will also be given this year to newborns and toddlers in Toronto via programs for new parents. Free copies of the guide will also be given to preschoolers who register for or renew a Toronto Public Library card during an upcoming campaign, and through the Toronto Public Library’s community outreach programs.
Copies of the guide will be available for purchase at Toronto Public Library branches across the city.
Let’s Get Ready for Reading was developed for Ontario parents by Toronto Public Library children’s librarians, caregivers and educators, as they support early literacy in children, birth to five. The guide was created to provide parents and caregivers with a broad understanding of the important pre-literacy skills that help develop reading readiness, and illustrates to them that reading success – and later success in school – is achievable through fun and easy everyday activities.
The guide contains:
- Suggestions for fun, easy , everyday activities and games that foster reading readiness
- Librarian-recommended reading booklists
- Tricks and resources to help get your child “ready for reading”
- And much more!
“While the task might sound overwhelming at first to parents, it’s the simple and imaginative activities that are the blocks literacy success and early childhood development are built on,”said David Booth, national literacy expert, children’s author and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. “Let’s Get Ready for Reading’s friendly, encouraging and accessible approach empowers parents and caregivers. I’m delighted that copies can be found not only in public libraries, but will be available in literacy centres, daycares, schools and homes. This is a valuable tool that parents, caregivers and educators should always have on hand.”
The guide is part of Toronto Public Library’s Ready for Reading set of free, high-quality early literacy programs, services and resources, which are founded on extensive research, and which focus on important principles and practices that foster reading readiness – the essential skills for children before they learn to read.
Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.
The Toronto Public Library Foundation believes in the social benefits of a strong and healthy public library system. As a registered charity, the Foundation fosters relationships with people of vision to provide Toronto’s Library with improved and expanded collections, enhanced programs and services, and revitalized community spaces.
Step out and enjoy Easter weekend family activities
Family fun is available at Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation sites across the city this Easter Weekend. Due to the holidays, there will be some facility closures as well.
The following facilities will offer family fun activities during the weekend:
The perfect destination for families, visit the farm to see cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and newborn lambs. While you’re there, visit the Residence and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum. The Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/riverdale-farm/
Catch a ferry to Ward’s Island and visit Far Enough Farm, which is home to a number of animals including horses, donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, peacocks and emus. The farm is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre, 150 Grenoble Dr., the playground offers excellent family fun for children 12 years of age and under. Kids can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends through the talk tube and play in the ball pool with over 8,000 balls.
Easter weekend public hours:
Saturday, March 30: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 31: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.
Fee: $2.50 per child
For more information: 416-395-6014
High Park Zoo
Located on Deer Pen Road, the zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year-round to visitors from 7 a.m. to dusk. The llama pen with be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/high-park
Preview of spring flower shows
The spring flower shows are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd. and Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave. Both shows feature various spring flowering plants: cyclamen, kalanchoe, primula, crocuses, tulips and daffodils. The Easter flower shows open at both conservatories on March 24 and include Easter lilies and hydrangea. Both conservatories are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, call Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288.
Discover The Shared Path
The Shared Path, the newest of the 10 Discovery Walks, includes approximately 15 km of trails through park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The self-guided Discovery Walks program links ravines, parks and neighbourhoods and is designed to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available at www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/discover.htm
Programs, services and permits:
Friday, March 29: Due to the holiday, not all Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services will be offered during the day. Indoor arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play.
Saturday, March 30: All programs and services will operate as per the usual schedule.
Sunday, March 31: All programs will operate as per the usual schedule. Indoor Arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play.
Monday, April 1: Due to the holiday, all Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs and services will not be offered during the day. Indoor arenas will be available from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. for scheduled tournament or league play.
Toronto and East York District: East York Memorial Arena has regular leisure skate on Sunday, March 31, no other special events or programs.
Scarborough District: Centennial RC has regular leisure skate on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31.
Etobicoke District: no skate programs or special rink events on Easter weekend.
North York District: all rinks are closed and no skate programs on Easter weekend.
For more information visit: www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/index.htm.
Please see the public notice below regarding repairs of deficiencies on Roncesvalles.