Friday, 19 September 2014

Toronto: Free Book Festival This Sunday!

The Word On The Street is an annual literacy festival in Toronto featuring pop-up bookstores, free entertainment for kids, author talks and more. Admission is free!

The festival appeals to a wide variety of people, including:

Bibliophiles. Just being surrounded by books induces bibliophile bliss, but being able to purchase books from local authors with heavy discounts? Bonus!

Families. Is there anything better than entertaining your kid for an entire day, without spending a cent? Visit the Toronto Public Library's tent, where your child can sign up for her very own library card (just bring proof that your family resides in the GTA). Next, learn about great new books for kids at the TD Children's Literature tent, explore the Children's Activity Tent and watch a live show at the TVOKids stage.

English language learners/ English as a second language learners (ELL/ESL): Find books in your native language (especially children's picture books), resources for practicing your English and information for newcomers to Canada.

Educators: If you're a teacher of any kind and are passionate about literacy being accessible for all, you'll enjoy this festival. Literacy Lane will be right up your alley! And be sure to keep an eye out for freebies and discounts exclusively for teachers.
Our favourite part of the festival is the marketplace, dubbed "Canada's biggest outdoor bookstore", where you can buy books, magazines, bookmarks, t-shirts and more. The emphasis on Canadian publications is refreshing. You might even run into a local author or two!

A few extra tips for making the best of WOTS:

-Wear comfy shoes! Although there are some places to sit, you'll want to see everything, so there's a lot of walking!
-Pack a healthy snack. You'll need your sustenance! There are usually a few food trucks around, but nothing beats a cheap and cheerful, made-with-love picnic lunch on a nice day!
-If you plan on shopping, bring cash. There are some great deals that make visiting an ATM totally worthwhile.

The Word On The Street is this Sunday, 21 September 2014 from 11 am to 6 pm, at Queen's Park Circle.

For more information, see the official Word On The Street website.

Full disclosure: We are in no way affiliated with The Word On The Street. We're simply fans of the event and believe supporting literacy and Canadian authors is important!

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