In April 2006, not long after TYPE books opened its doors on Queen Street West, a small group of volunteers worked with co-owners Samara Walbohm and Joanne Saul to plan an after-school reading program for neighbourhood children. Having created their bookstore to build a community gathering place, they embraced the idea with enthusiasm.
Our first program, Reading in the City (formerly known as Word-Play), for Grade 3 to 5 students, has run every fall and winter since 2006. Writing in the City, a creative writing workshop for Grade 6s was introduced in September 2010. In the summer of 2011, Word-Play offered its first two-week summer camp, Filming in the City.
Word-Play was granted charitable status in 2008 and we held our first board of directors meeting in 2009.
Today, Word-Play is a robust volunteer-run organization working collaboratively to build lasting relationships with children and their families, our Teacher Candidates, volunteers and the literary community.