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St. Michael’s Hospital and Toronto Public Library launch Reach Out and Read program to promote childhood literacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TORONTO (January 28, 2015) —In addition to flu shots and vitamins, family doctors at St. Michael’s Hospital are now prescribing books to their youngest patients.

The hospital’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Toronto Public Library have launched one of the first Reach Out and Read programs in Canada, and the first connected with a Canadian hospital.


Book Week 2015 Writing Contest - Deadline January 31

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Young writers from across Canada, in grades 4 to 12, are invited to submit their stories and/or poems (fiction or non-fiction) to the Book Week 2015 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens.

Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada and one winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.

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Books About Mental Health for #BellLetsTalk

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January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day 2015, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health. To encourage discussion, our librarian has put together the following list of fiction and non-fiction children's and YA books that feature themes relating to mental health. Pick up these titles at your local bookstore or library.