35 Years of Mr. Bear

mr_bearOnce upon a time there was a little bear. His name was Mr. Bear.  In February of 1981, Mr. Bear awoke from his long winter hibernation to tell stories with Sally and all the babies and toddlers who were too little for the3 – 5 year old storytimes offered by Toronto Public Library.  Moms, Dads and caregivers brought their little ones, birth to 3 years old, to Riverdale Library to learn rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories. And so began Mr. Bear Says Hello!

16 years ago, Erika joined Sally, sharing rhymes and songs, nurturing early literacy and language skills with young listeners and their families.

Here’s a list of some of our locations over the 35 years:

TPL Branches: Riverdale, Queen Saulter, Main St., St. Lawrence Market, Swansea; Simpson Ave. U. C.; Eastminster U. C. and a few other churches in Toronto’s west end; Body Corps; Applegrove Community Centre;Riverdale Farm; With Child; The Red Tent Sisters; Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstores, both locations, Silly Goose Kids, Baby on the Hip and in homes across Toronto.