Our Upcoming Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

In case you missed it… Our Lift Off After School Program will be on pause until January 12, 2016, but there are still lots of events and programs to sign up for in the meantime. We hope you’re enjoying your winter holidays!

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We’re hosting a Parent-Child Mother Goose Program to help parents, relatives, and caregivers bond with the babies in their lives using rhymes, songs, and stories. Participants gain the skills and confidence to use rhythm and oral storytelling to help interact with and soothe their babies and forge strong bonds. If you’ve got some of your own, you’re welcome to share traditional rhymes and stories with the group.

This FREE program runs Monday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. from Monday, January 11th to Monday, March 7.
Doors open at 9:15am.
The program is open for adults and babies (newborn to 18 months old).
Email Michelle at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

Play in a Day Workshop with Judith Thompson and Our Next Story Planet Afterlight Book Club Meeting

Thanks to your support, ALL of our upcoming Adult Colouring and Wine events are SOLD OUT.

These events help us raise money to support our awesome literacy programs for kids like our Lift Off After School Program, so we’re over-the-moon grateful to everyone who’s been coming out to draw and place bids on our silent auction items. If you haven’t managed to get a ticket in time for one of our past events, don’t worry! We’ll host more similar events in the new year. Keep checking back to our blog, Twitter, and Facebook page for announcements!

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Play in a Day Workshop with Judith Thompson
Judith Thompson is coming by this Tuesday, December 22 to write a play in a day with students in grades 3-7. Participants will write an entire play and find out what it takes to put on such a production!

The workshop will run from 10-4 p.m. on December 22. We can’t wait to see what the students come up with!

Our Next Story Planet Afterlight Book Club Meeting
Looking for a last-minute holiday gift for the reader on your list? The Quick by Lauren Owen is the gift that keeps on giving. The book is a great read AND it comes with a sweet hangout with the Story Planet Afterlight Book Club crew!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to find out more about the book and to RSVP on our Meetup event page!

An Update from Our Lift Off! Program, and News about Our Upcoming Adult Colouring and Wine Event and Twisting the Folktale Workshop

Space travellers, don’t forget! Starting next week, our Lift Off! after-school programming will be pausing for scheduled maintenance over the holidays. We’ll get back on course on Tuesday, January 12, 2016!

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Adult Colouring and Wine
Are you a creative type looking for a different night out? Come to our upcoming Adult Colouring and Wine event on January 15, 2016, and let loose with some colour therapy! We’ll have art supplies for you to use, and there will be wine, beer, coffee, and lots of snacks available at the Intergalactic Travel Authority. Take a load off, mingle, colour, and support our awesome children’s programming all at the same time!

This fundraiser starts at 7:30 p.m. The cost of admission is $11. Follow this link to get your tickets before they sell out!

Twisting the Folktale with Sage Tyrtle
Starting Saturday, January 23rd, kids in grades 4-6 are invited to get creative and twist their favourite folktales into their very own stories! With the help of storyteller, Sage Tyrtle, students will learn a whole new approach to storytelling by using high-energy activities to help spark their imagination. At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to perform their original stories in front of an audience. The workshop runs every Saturday starting from Saturday, January 23rd until Saturday, March 5th from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The cost of the event is pay-what-you-can. Contact Sage at sagetyrtle@gmail.com to sign up!

Our Upcoming Adult Colouring and Wine Events and Play-in-a-Day Workshop with Judith Thompson

Hey space travellers, thank you so much for supporting our Adult Colouring and Wine fundraisers! Our first two events were a blast and the tickets for the next three are already sold out.

We’ll keep you posted on future events. If you can’t come but want to donate to Story Planet, follow this link to send an online donation.

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Play in a Day Workshop with Judith Thompson
Judith Thompson will be coming by our space on Tuesday, December 22 to lead a playwriting workshop for students in grades 3-7. Spend the day writing a play from start to finish with an award-winning Canadian playwright and find out what it takes to put on such a production!

The workshop will run from 10-4 p.m. on December 22. Click here to sign up!

 

Our Quest for Baristas, and Upcoming Adult Colouring and Wine and Story Planet Afterlight Book Club Events

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Story Planet team! We’ve got lots of fun events coming up and there’s always an opportunity to learn a new skill.

Do you want to learn more about coffee? Email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to join our team of awesome intergalactic baristas. We’ll give you the training you need to be able to make out-of-this-world peppermint mochas in time for the holidays!

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Adult Colouring and Wine This Tuesday
Don’t forget, ticket holders! Our next Adult Colouring and Wine fundraiser is coming up on Tuesday!

This event is sold out. If you didn’t get a ticket in time, click here to make a donation to our literacy programming and keep checking back to our blog to find out about future events.

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club
Speed readers, our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club meets this Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.

Don’t have enough time to read this month’s book? Check out our Meetup page to find out what we’ll be reading in January!

News about our Adult Colouring and Wine Events, New Volunteering Opportunities with Story Planet, and Our Upcoming Story Planet Afterlight Book Club Event

Earthlings, we’ve got some great news! Following the initial success of our first-ever Adult Colouring and Wine event on November 10, tickets to our next three colouring events are already SOLD OUT!

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support. We’re really looking forward to colouring with you again. If you weren’t able to get a ticket in time, keep checking back to our blog and Twitter page for announcements about similar upcoming events.

As a reminder, ticket sales go toward our free literacy programming that help young people discover and develop their voices. Our innovative programs ignite students’ imaginations, fuel their curiosity and equip them with the tools they need to launch their stories. Most recently, our students learned how to make their own puppets! How cool!
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If you’d like to donate to Story Planet’s literacy programming, click here to contribute online. We’ve also got great colouring books for sale at the Intergalactic Travel Authority (the cafe in the front half of our space), and markers and pencil crayons too!

If you’d like to help out around our space, we’ve still got lots of fun volunteering opportunities available for everyone from colouring enthusiasts, to writers, to video editors. Check it out!

Online Store
We are joining the intergalactic web of wares! Story Planet is launching an online store, and we are looking for two to four volunteers to take turns processing orders, uploading and placing pictures, and collaborating on other maintenance work surrounding the website. If you have experience in managing a website, and/or online merchandising, we would love for you to join us!

Kickstarter Campaign for Reggie Rainbow
Continuing the support for our illustrated storybook Reggie Rainbow, the Story Planet community is organizing a Kickstarter campaign to raise publication funds! We are looking for up to four volunteers, ideally with experience and at least with passion, for fundraiser organization, outreach, and bringing the voices of Story Planet participants to fruition!

Email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to find out more!

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club
For the readers in the universe, you’ve still got time to read the book for our next Story Planet Afterlight Book Club meeting! On Wednesday, December 2, the group will be reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Check out our Meetup page to find out more about the book and RSVP to our event!

A Bloordale Design Contest, Our Story Planet next Afterlight Book Club Meeting, and a List of New and Exciting Opportunities to Volunteer with Story Planet

Calling all Bloordale designers! The Bloordale Community Improvement Association is having a t-shirt design contest. Create a Bloordale logo for t-shirts and other swag to be sold at shops around the neighbourhood for the chance to win $250.

You can submit as many designs as you want. Check out this link to find out more about how to submit your original design. Good luck!

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club
Our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club meets Wednesday, December 2 to discuss The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Click here to watch the author’s amazing TED talk about the line between crazy and sane (if there even is one) and click here to RSVP to our Afterlight Book Club event. You won’t want to miss this discussion!

New Volunteering Opportunities
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We’re always looking for extra hands to help out around Story Planet. If you’re into design or editing, email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to find out how you can help with our Storymaker or after school Lift Off program.

Other volunteering opportunities include:
Online Store
We are joining the intergalactic web of wares! Story Planet is launching an online store, and we are looking for two to four volunteers to take turns processing orders, uploading and placing pictures, and collaborating on other maintenance work surrounding the website. If you have experience in managing a website, and/or online merchandising, we would love for you to join us!

Reggie Rainbow – Editors Needed
A collaborative work between the participants of Story Planet and writer-illustrator Hilary Leung, the children’s storybook Reggie Rainbow is looking for some caring editors who will join the effort as soon as possible in making it the best story that it can be! To this end, we are looking for two volunteers who have experience in editing children’s books and stories. If this is you, please reach out to us!

Kickstarter Campaign for Reggie Rainbow
Continuing the support for our illustrated storybook Reggie Rainbow, the Story Planet community is organizing a Kickstarter campaign to raise publication funds! We are looking for up to four volunteers, ideally with experience and at least with passion, for fundraiser organization, outreach, and bringing the voices of Story Planet participants to fruition!

Adult Colouring Night
Looking to do something different for a change? Think you’ve exhausted all your possibilities for having fun in Toronto? Well, look no further! Story Planet is very excited to announce we will be hosting more Adult Colouring nights in December! In order for these nights to run as seamlessly as possible, we would love some volunteer support! Our upcoming events include December 1st, 11th, and 18th. Each night has two shifts: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of these events, email us letting us know which time slots you would be interested in!

Adult Colouring and Wine, This Friday’s PD Day Storymaker Workshop, and an Update from Our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club

Earthlings! We’re so happy that so many of you have show interest in our Adult Colouring and Wine event this Tuesday. Due to popularity, we are doing first-come-first-serve for this event. The capacity of our event is 50 and will likely fill up by 7:30. Come early to secure your spot!

If you don’t get in or can’t come to this event, drop by our second Adult Colouring and Wine event on Tuesday, December 1!

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We’re hosting PD day Storymaker Workshops for kids in grades 2-7 this Friday, November 13. The first will take place from 10-12 p.m. for kids grades 2-4, and the second will be from 1-3 p.m. for kids grades 4-7.

During our Storymaker Workshops, participants work together to create one super unique story as an artist brings it to life on paper. At the end of the 2 hours, participants leave with their very own copy of the story they made! If you are interested in signing up, contact Noorin at noorin@storyplanet.ca to sign up!

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club
Big thanks to everyone who came out to our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club meeting last week!

Interested in joining our book club? Follow this link to find out what we’ll be discussing in December! All readers are welcome.

Keileigh Lowe and Sarah Horobin

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there existed an imaginative and creative world named Story Planet. Orbited by the love and dedication of its volunteer inhabitants, Story Planet has been home to some of the most amazing creatures. And none have been more wonderful then our new intergalactic interns, Keileigh Lowe and Sarah Horobin! From helping to facilitate the Lift Off after school program to reorganizing the space clutter in our back room Keileigh and Sarah have done it all! We here at Story Planet cannot be more grateful for their astronomic contributions and their overall cheerful disposition that makes our little planet shine that much brighter. Story Planet has searched near and far for space travellers like these wonderful ladies and we hope they call this place home for many more light years to come.

We asked Keileigh and Sarah to answer a few questions about themselves to help paint a brighter picture for those who have not met them yet. Check out their responses below!

Introducing Keileigh:

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1. Favourite Planet to live:

I used to live on Mars. It was nice because only a few of us knew about it, but now that they found that water, I guess the secret is out!

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read:

My favourite book is Weaveworld by Clive Barker.

3. Favourite writers:

Douglas Adams is an awesome writer for fiction, but in terms of non fiction I love reading Stephen Hawking so I can really understand the way the universe works!

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth:

I love visual arts, and I love the nature planet Earth has to offer. When I was growing up my dad and I used to go on hikes and then find a nice spot to paint what was around us. I find that as I have gotten older I tend to put things like that on the back burner, but every once in a while I find the time to go up north to my cottage. Temagami lake is my favourite place in the entire universe (even including Mars), and being able to sit under the stars and see the milky way with as much clarity as a photograph, or paint the sun as it is setting, is a truly magical moment.

5. Favourite Earth food:

My favourite current Earth food would have to be Apiecalypse Pizza as it is the best vegan pizza in the city! (And up the street from Story Planet- wink wink)

6. Favourite moment/memory from your experience here:

It is hard to pick just one. Every time a student shares something with me, whether it is some artwork or a smile I try to log it in my brain so I can remember it for years to come. Mithulaa drew a pumpkin for me for halloween and that was awesome. When Hamsa made his origami jumping creature finally jump and laughed for 5 minutes straight I didn’t think we would ever be able to stop. The staff and volunteers at Story Planet inspire me every day, and the students who come could brighten the day of even the grumpiest person. I feel so incredibly lucky to have found such a special place.

Introducing Sarah:

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1. Favourite Planet to live: 

It’s so hard to pick just one, but if I had to choose, I’d choose Venus. It’s named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, so I feel like I’d fit right in.

2. Favourite book or the last great one you read:

My reigning favourite is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

3. Favourite writers:

I have a few. Junot Díaz, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Kurt Vonnegut are the first ones that come to mind.

4. Favourite thing to do on Earth:

Anything arts and culture related, really. Watching tv and movies. Reading comics. Going to art exhibits, poetry slams, and concerts. I love being able to see the world with a new set of eyes through these artistic mediums.

5. Favourite Earth food:

Avacados, hands down.

6. Favourite moment/memory from your experience here:

My heart grew three sizes the day I wore a shirt with a smiley face on it and one of the space travellers was so eager to tell me that that my shirt was smiling and it made her smile.

Our Upcoming Story Planet Afterlight Book Club Meeting, Storymaker Workshop on the Next PD Day, and Mindfulness for Children and Families

Hey earthlings, who’s excited for the upcoming PD day? We’ll be hosting Storymaker Workshops for kids in grades 2-7 all day so make sure to sign up before spaces fill up! There’s more information about these events below.

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club
Our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club is meeting this Wednesday! Come by at 6:30 p.m. and join the conversation about H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

If you can’t make it to this month’s meeting, check out our Meetup page to find out what we’re reading next month!

Storymaker Workshop
Storymaker Workshops are back in action! Formally known as Story Planet’s Alpha Workshop, the Storymaker Workshop combines everything you love about creative writing and expressing your inner voice. On Friday, November 13th Story Planet will be hosting 2 workshops for the PD day. The first instalment will take place from 10-12pm for kids grades 2-4. The second will be from 1-3pm for kids grades 4-7. As a brief refresher, during out Storymaker Workshops, participants work together to create and communicate one super unique story as an artist brings it to life on paper. At the end of the 2 hours, participants leave with their very own copy of the story they made! If you are interested in signing up please email us to confirm a time slot.

Mindfulness for Children and Families
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Do your kids struggle with stress and anxiety? Check out our upcoming Breathe in and Shine event with clinical social worker, Sara Marlowe to learn family-friendly mindfulness techniques.

This event will run on Saturdays from 2-3 p.m. starting November 14. The cost (which includes art materials, a mindfulness activity booklet, and a copy of the Sarah’s book, No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully) of this workshop starts at $160 for one child and up to two parents.

Email info@mindfulfamilies.ca for more information and to register.