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Focus on First Book Canada

A Letter from a First Book Canada Volunteer

Today’s guest post is from Sharon Crowley of Literacy Matters Abbotsford in Abbotsford, B.C. The first time I volunteered for First Book Canada I was SHOCKED at the sheer volume of books that were being donated to local organizations. I was unaware of how the process would work and… Read More
Inspiring Stories

Making Every Dollar Count: Bridging a Librarian’s Budget

People often ask how I can buy a book for $2.60. First Book Canada’s Marketplace is the answer. I work as a school librarian in three schools in rural Nova Scotia. The schools I work in have small student populations, between approximately 50 – 170 students. Of course the library… Read More
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Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Gurdeep

Gurdeep Dhaliwal is the Strategic Alliances Manager at First Book Canada. When you first started, what was that like? I completed the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College, and through that the opportunity to apply for an internship with First Book Canada came up. From there, I was hired on as a Strategic Alliance Coordinator. It was just… Read More
Press Releases

First Book Canada Distributes Half a Million Books in Ontario in 2018

TORONTO, Ontario (December 18, 2018) – At the Ontario Public Service Holiday Gift Drive, First Book Canada and members of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services donated 5,000 books to children in need. The books were generously donated by First Book Canada’s publishing partner Penguin Random House Canada and they will be distributed to the… Read More
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A Holiday Collage Created by Our Members

In October, First Book Canada sent out a request to all members who had participated in a program this year to send in photos of receiving or distributing the books. We were overwhelmed by the response and received so many photos that it was difficult to fit them into the… Read More
Focus on First Book Canada

Behind the Scenes at First Book Canada: Tom

Tom Best is the Executive Director of First Book Canada. When Tom started, there were only about 125 registered members. He’s seen it grow from this concentrated number to a steadily growing network of over 9,000 members. Can you start with telling me a bit about your day to day?  The nice thing is that… Read More
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How are you making an impact?

Remember the first book that you felt was speaking directly to you? The first book that made you feel seen? Or the first book that helped you through a difficult experience? Maybe you got all that from one book or from multiple books, over the course of your childhood. Imagine… Read More
Press Releases

First Book Canada collaborates with Amazon Canada to deliver 100,000 books  

TORONTO, Ontario (November 13, 2018) – Yesterday, First Book Canada held a press conference at Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School to announce Amazon Canada’s donation of 100,000 books to Canadian children in high-needs communities. This generous donation is arriving in time for the holidays, allowing kids across Canada to have access to brand new, high-quality… Read More
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First Book Canada and Xpand Laces provide books to Toronto public school

TORONTO, Ontario (November 8, 2018) – On Thursday, November 1, First Book Canada brought 6Dad and former city councilor Norm Kelly and Canadian children’s author Paul Covello to Lynngate Junior Public School to celebrate the power of reading and education. This event included a presentation of a generous donation from… Read More