The other day, Natasha a student teacher in the literacy methods course mentioned the Dial a Story program offered by the Toronto Public Library system. Her recommendation reminded us to stay in touch with the wonderful outreach programs offered by public libraries. Dial A Story is a free service that provides stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12) twenty-four hours a day. Stories rotate on a daily basis and are currently available in 15 languages including: French, English, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, and Urdu. Occasionally, Dial A Story features special guest readers such as Toronto Blue Jays baseball players and dancers from the National Ballet of Canada. A big thank-you to Natasha for reminding to check out the many resources our public libraries have to offer!
As a girl, I (Cathy) used to walk to the library regularly. It was a good two mile walk and I usually went alone because no one I knew was as passionate about books as I was. I never minded. I loved the library. It was a treasure chest for me. I find I don’t go very often any more because I can often find what I need on line. But I still like the actual feel of a book. Guess it’s comfort food for the eye and hand. I wonder how many young children actually still go?