If you are in or around the Greater Toronto Area this February, there are some pretty cool bookish events going down this month. While there are quite a few things happening this February, I wanted to highlight a few that are free. Only one event has a fee attached, but I think that $10 is still pretty inexpensive. I hope you have the chance to check out one of these great events and celebrate all things books!
1- Ally Carter, YA Author, will be holding a free signing of her new book, Perfect Scoundrels, at the Yorkdale Chapters/Indigo at noon on Saturday, February 9.
2- Have a child aged 11-13 and have an open mind? The Richmond Hill Public Library is holding an event to celebrate Freedom to Read Week: Celebrating Banned Books, on Wednesday, February 27 at 4:30 pm. The program will discuss why books are sometimes banned or challenged. Online registration required. I personally can't wait for my kid to be old enough to attend this event. Critical thinking skills, books and celebrating the freedom to read? YES PLEASE.
3- Celebrate Black History Month with events happening across the city this month. Two that I think sound great are sponsored by the Toronto Public Library.
- Black History Month Family Storytime, Malvern Location, Saturday, February 9, 11-11:30 am. A great way to introduce young children to Black History Month. For children of all ages.
-Tricks & Wisdom, Tales from Africa with Gail Nyoka, at the Richview Location, Saturday, February 9, 2:00-2:45 pm. Suitable for children 6 years and older.
4- Canada Reads Debates: From February 11-14, you can attend a live taping of the debates at 10 am. at CBC Toronto, 250 Front St. W. Tickets are free, but limited, and registration is required. Can't attend in person? Tune in on the radio, on the web, or on TV. More information on the CBC Canada website.
5- Authors at Harbourfront Centre presents a panel discussion with the Charles Taylor Prize For Literary Non-Fiction finalists on February 27th from 7:30-9:00 pm. Have the chance to hear from five incredible authors about their work. The event is $10 for the general public, and free for students or youth under 25 years old. Tickets can be purchased online. A great opportunity.