Do you enjoy listening to stories? Have you heard of Dial-a-Story? Toronto Public Library has a FREE phone line 416-395-5400 you can call 24 hours a day and listen to recorded stories in 15 languages.
Recently we added a new language - there are now stories recorded in Tagalog!
It is a very popular service - only in the year 2012 the Dial-A-Story service received 251,917 calls!
Every day there are different stories to listen to in each language and they are divided by age - stories for younger children (7 and under) and for older children (up to 12).
You can listen to Dial-a-Story in the following fifteen languages:
The newest language that will be added to the story phone line later in 2014 is Persian!
The library will also will continue to add new stories in the languages we currently have.
For example this year 6 new Portuguese stories were recorded and there are plans for new Spanish, French and English stories.
So listen to a story in a language that you know or even in a new one. It is fun to hear how a different language sounds. We all experience this daily in our multicultural city of Toronto.
Dial-a-story Helps You Practice English as a Second Language (ESL)
Listening to stories in English and French is also a great way to practice your listening comprehension and vocabulary if you are learning English or French as a Second Language.
Among the stories that are recorded and rotated on the phone - there are also many stories recorded for special occasions such as Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, Aboriginal Month, Christmas, Summer Reading Club.
If you are a newcomer - your family can enjoy stories in your heritage language as well as practice English.
Borrow Books and Other Materials in Your Language from the Library
In addition to stories by phone, you can of course find children's and adult books in many languages (we call them multilingual collections) at some of the branches of Toronto Public Library. Please visit your local library for more information, call our Answerline service at 416-393-7131 or browse the library's list of multilingual collections by language to find out which library has materials in your language.
Read Other Related Blog Posts from Library Staff:
- Free Multilingual eBooks Available for Download on OverDrive - 2013.
- Multicultural Films at Toronto Public Library - 2013.
So why not call 416-395-5400 for and enjoy some wonderful storytelling!