The sun shone bright and warm on Saturday, August 28, 2010 as the Toronto Public Library held its first Book Bash! Children’s Literature Festival at the North York Central Library and on the outdoor stage in Mel Lastman Square. The event featured readings by authors and storytellers such as Marthe Jocelyn, Kenneth Oppel, Mariella Bertelli, and Barbara Reid, as well as crafts, face painting, and stilt walkers.
Patricia Ocampo (President), Kate Newman (Councillor–Ontario), and Jessica Fung (Newsletter Editor) were on hand to increase awareness of IBBY Canada and its goal of promoting children’s literacy at home and abroad. There were also Cleaver cards, posters, and, of course, memberships for sale. Knowing this was an event for children, Kate brought a bucket full of candy to give a way that proved immensely popular. There will also be free candy at the IBBY Canada booth at Toronto’s Word on the Street on Sunday, September 26, 2010 to celebrate IBBY Canada’s 30th birthday, so make sure to come by and say hello!