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    Give the Gift of Reading to Ottawa Kids

    Posted on November 29, 2018 by in Blog

    As the holiday season begins, we know many people are making their year-end financial contributions to the charities near to their hearts. Twice Upon a Time provides free books to children to support early literacy skills and foster a love of reading through book ownership, made possible through the generosity of our donors. We are pleased […]

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    The Difficulty with French Books

    Posted on November 21, 2018 by in Blog

    Our blog post today is from Twice Upon a Time volunteer Stéphanie Plante. Enjoy! Anyone who knows me knows I love books. Fiction, non-fiction, audiobooks, textbooks and even cookbooks adorn practically every shelf, side-table and cupboard in my house and at work. I have lost my voice reading aloud and my Instagram feed has an […]

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    Barristers for a Better Bytown

    Posted on November 12, 2018 by in Blog

    Twice Upon a Time was very excited to receive a donation in October from Barristers for a Better Bytown, a group of lawyers who fundraise to support other charitable activities in Ottawa. Barristers for a Better Bytown have graciously provided us with over 100 brand new graphic novels, perfect for the older kids who visit our […]

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    The Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2018

    Posted on June 3, 2018 by in Blog

    The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back this June! During the month, donate to any registered Canadian charity through Canada Helps, and your donation will automatically enter the charity to win $10,000 from Canada Helps. The larger your donation you give, the more chances the charity has to win! We hope Twice Upon A Time–Free […]

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    Twice Upon A Time at Heartwood House – Better Together!

    Posted on May 28, 2018 by in Blog

    When Twice Upon a Time first started operations, our very first pop-ups were held at Heartwood House on McArthur Avenue in Vanier. Heartwood House is a dynamic collection of non-profit and charitable organizations, all housed within one building where they can collaborate and share affordable office and programming space. We’ve remained members of Heartwood House […]

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    Print versus eBooks

    Posted on April 16, 2018 by in Blog

    Why are free books important? Early literacy research shows the ratio of books to children in a low-income neighbourhood is 23 times higher than in a middle-income neighbourhood Public libraries are not enough: Families under stress may have difficulty getting to the library, returning books on time and paying fines. In a 2013 evaluation of Booktime, a […]

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  • Early Literacy Tips for Families

    Posted on April 11, 2018 by in Blog

    Here are some tips for parents to help children build their literacy skills and love of reading, shared by the volunteers of Twice Upon a Time: Learning to read begins at birth. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teachers. Talk to your child. Children learn words, and narrative (story), because they listen […]

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  • Spring Activities

    Posted on April 2, 2018 by in Blog

    Spring is here! Everyone is scrambling to get outside and enjoy the warm weather after a long, snowy winter. If you’re pressed for ideas of outdoor activities, here are some ideas from some great children’s books! Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert. This book is about a mother and child duo who plant a rainbow […]

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    For the Love of Reading…and Volunteering

    Posted on February 13, 2018 by in Blog

    Did you know that volunteering with your romantic partner can help enhance relationship satisfaction? I bet you also might not have known that the co-founders of Twice Upon A Time are married! Hmm…is there a theme here? Here at Twice Upon A Time, we have been celebrating love throughout the month of February (perhaps you’ve […]

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    Twice Upon a Time Gets Healthy!

    Posted on February 2, 2018 by in Blog

    Twice Upon a Time is happy to announce a new partnership. Six first year medical students from the University of Ottawa are joining us each Wednesday as part of the university’s CSL program. CSL is Community Service Learning, a credited educational experience that takes place in structured volunteer settings such as ours at the Argyle […]

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