TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY is the world’s busiest public library system. Every year, more than 16-million people borrow about 30-million items from 99 branches. One of their services is ‘Dial-A-Sory’ for children under 12.
For a multi-lingual/cultural city like this one, stories are made available in fifteen languages – including English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Somali, Tamil and Urdu. Storytime readers have included library volunteers, Blue Jays players, actors and National Ballet dancers.
ANDREW DO says learning English as child was made easier through the ‘Dial-a-Story’ program. <(Moe Doiron – photo>
What better way for children (or adults) to learn another language or improve on the one he or she speaks. All you need is a phone. It’s free. ‘Dial-a-Story’ was created in 1989 by a consortium of libraries in Caledon, Vaughan, Brampton and North York. With amalgamation, the TORONTO Public Library took over the service in 1998.