Ontario Library Association


Business Number: 107798159RR0001

I Read Canadian Fund

Campaign Ends Aug. 31, 2020

Give. Read. Grow. 

Every young Canadian should have access to Canadian books! 

The I Read Canadian Fund is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. Launched in the summer of 2017, the I Read Canadian Fund encourages reading for fun which increases literacy skills, builds empathy, and leads to academic achievement. 

Over the past few years, OLA has noticed that not all young people were able to fully participate at their school or in their community and not all communities in Canada have access to current Canadian books.  

Literacy and the love of reading is critical to economic and emotional development as well as individual and community well-being. Reading for fun increases literacy skills, builds empathy, and leads to improved academic achievement. Research shows that reading for fun has a positive impact on the lives of children and young adults both in and outside of school.

Reading promotes the following in young readers:

 Increased school achievement

 Strong life satisfaction

 Better health

 Better employment

 Pursuit of higher education

 Increased social and civic engagement

Research has found a decline in children who say that they like to read.Canada is also facing a decline in literacy skills amongst students. We can do better to provide resources to ensure children can participate in fun and enjoyable reading experiences.

Our goal is to make sure that kids have every opportunity to read great Canadian books. We are raising $30,000 to: 

1. Deliver new books to communities in need to support reading programs. Many of these are rural or fly-in communities or places where budgets are very limited. 

2. Support schools, libraries, and other organizations in priority communities so they can participate in reading programs. 

3. Connect author and illustrators to young fans at festivals and school visits 

4. Building future leaders by building readers #IReadCanadian

We cannot do it without your help! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmZrh4VYQyY

How to get involved in supporting the I Read Canadian Fund:

There are many ways to give to the I Read Canadian Fund.  

  • Donate to the I Read Canadian Fund through our website
  • Purchase I Read Canadian merchandise at The Library Marketplace
  • Having your school or community organize a fundraiser
  • Share your stories about what reading means to you by using #IReadCanadian
  • Build readers through the reading programs, such as the Forest of Reading.

$10,925 raised out of $30,000 goal

36.4167% Complete
4 weeks to go