Toronto - Toronto Public Library recently added Somali and Tamil stories to the Dial A Story (416-395-5400) phone line. Dial A Story, Toronto Public Library's telephone story service for children, answered almost 300,000 calls last year. That's 800 happy callers a day!
Dial A Story provides stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12) 24 hours a day. Stories rotate on a daily basis so children hear a different story every day. Stories are available in 10 languages, including English, French, Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Periodically, Dial A Story even features special guests readers. Storytellers in the past have included Mayor David Miller, Blue Jays players and dancers from the National Ballet of Canada. You never know who you will meet up with on Dial A Story.
Stories in Gurjarati are planned for 2007 and stories in Urdu are planned for 2008.
Dial A Story is generously funded in part by Bell Canada.