Twice Upon a Time gives new and nearly new books to Ottawa children to support literacy and foster a love of reading at home. Since 2013, we have provided thousands of books to local families to help improve children’s literacy rates, education, and opportunities for their future.
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We are always looking for ways to improve and expand our service delivery model to best meet the current needs of local children and families, bringing the gift of reading to more homes in our local communities.
“One story that we both love is about a four-year-old girl we see every week who comes with her mom; her mom was pregnant and each week the little girl would ask to choose a book for her brother who was arriving in a few months. In February, he was born and we got to meet him. We love knowing that he already has a little library of his own and that his sister and mom are excited to read to him!” – El and Courtney, Twice Upon a Time volunteers
Thanks to supporters like you, we are improving access to books across Ottawa. In 2022, your generosity helped us:
When you make a donation to Twice Upon a Time, you have the choice to direct your funds to one of four areas of need: Kids Today, Plaisir de lire!, ReconciliAction, or where most needed. Learn more about these areas here.
“I found out that by 2022, she was in 9th grade and was a complete bookworm, always reading at least one book. She is active in book clubs and is always looking for her next new read. I cannot think of a better example of how Twice Upon a Time makes a difference.” – Laura May, Twice Upon a Time volunteer
Time capsule: Ottawa’s new “book bank” launches in 2013
CBC Radio’s Giacomo Panico spoke with Twice Upon a Time founder Alexandra Yarrow about why Ottawa needs a book bank.
By supporting our mission to give new and nearly new books to children, you contribute to building a more literate, empowered, and equitable Ottawa. Together, let’s ensure that every child, regardless of their background, can experience the gift of reading and the boundless possibilities it brings.