Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Harbourfront Centre | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Celebrate Literacy

While literacy is a right for everyone, many struggle throughout life without basic reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy skills. This journey does not have to be undertaken alone. There are many organizations around the city to aid Torontonians in their pursuit of a literate life.

2017 Literacy Programming Partners

For our 2017 festival, we partnered with seven groups to program the Learning Station, a venue for family-oriented activities. 

The Children's Book Bank

The Children’s Book Bank provides books and literacy support to children living in low-income neighborhoods across Toronto. The Book Bank operates a beautiful storefront in Regent Park, which welcomes schools and daycares, as well as families and their children to browse the shelves and choose a favorite book to take home to keep – for free.

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM | What's in a Name?

Frontier College

Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College recruits and trains volunteers to deliver programs to children, youth and adults in communities across Canada. Founded in 1899, our programs have helped millions of Canadians improve their literacy skills and provide the confidence they need to reach their full potential.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Why Mysteries Rock! How Mysteries and Crime Books Make Great Books For Learning to Read

Let's Get Together

As a charitable organization, we create opportunities for parents, youth, and communities to access learning resources that provides education assistance and supports student well-being. Our mission is to empower parents to become more engaged in their children’s education and inspire youth in their learning while making it more equitable, accessible, and enjoyable.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM  | Building Literacy Through Yoga


ONBIDA, the Ontario branch of the International Dyslexia Association, is a scientific and educational organization committed to the study and treatment of the specific learning disability, dyslexia, as well as other language-based learning differences. ONBIDA provides essential information, scholarships, and educational programs to families and professionals who seek help for children with reading difficulties.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM | Recognizing the Warning Signs of Dyslexia

Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD)

The Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD) works to promote Deaf culture and Deaf heritage in Ontario. OCSD supports and promotes Deaf people’s contributions to the fields of art, drama and literature; strengthens family ties between parents and their Deaf child; and increases opportunities for the formal study of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | ASL Storytelling, Rhythms, and Rhymes

Parkdale Project Read

Parkdale Project Read is a community-based adult literacy program founded by Dr. Rita Cox and incorporated in 1986. We offer a variety of programs, including facilitated learning groups, volunteer tutors who offer one-to-one support, and our award-winning Academic Upgrading Program that supports youth transitioning to postsecondary education. Learn more at:

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM | Storytelling as Embodied Literacy

Silent Voice

Founded in 1975, Silent Voice serves Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families, in ASL, providing sports, recreation, and leadership programming; ASL instruction to families with a Deaf child; Sign Language Summer Camp; 1:1 support; housing centre; tax clinic; parenting program; Deaf Financial Literacy program and settlement services.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | ASL Storytelling, Rhythms, and Rhymes