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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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    Thank You!

    Posted on January 4, 2018 by in Blog

    As the year comes to a close, we are so grateful for all the progress Twice Upon a Time has made this year.  We have given away books to multiple children, and helped bring reading into more children’s lives. We ant to take the time to thank everyone who has supported our organization in any […]

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    Giving Tuesday 2017

    Posted on November 22, 2017 by in Blog

    On November 28, 2017 Giving Tuesday, Twice Upon a Time launches Year 2 of its Indigenous Materials Project – to build a collection by and about Canada’s Indigenous peoples-First Nations, Métis and Inuit and get them into the hands of Ottawa’s youngsters. As of November 2017 we have purchased more than 100 books for the Indigenous Materials Project collection and distributed […]

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    Canada 150

    Posted on November 2, 2017 by in Blog

                    It’s a special year for Canada, and Twice Upon A Time has a special project to go along with it. Twice Upon A Time is participating in the CAN150 Indigenous materials project. This project focuses on getting books by and about Canada’s Indigenous peoples into the hands […]

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    Whole Foods Story and Snack Time

    Posted on September 21, 2017 by in Blog

    Whole Foods hosted a Kids Club Carnival on September 10th, with lots of different booths for children. Story and Snack time was one of those booths, where they promoted Twice Upon A Time – Free Books for Ottawa Kids. It was a great success, and they are hosting another one soon! So, if you missed […]

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