Revamping the Intergalactic Travel Authority

Registration for our fall programming starts Wednesday, September 2. While you wait, sign up to help with our upcoming renovation!

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From August 24-September 13, we’ll be revamping the front half of our space and turning it into a more creative hangout. Be part of the redesign and you might even be turned into a constellation! How cool!

We’re looking for people who can help us paint the space and design a new sign. To find out more or to sign up to help out, email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca and be sure to keep checking back at our Events page for updates about our fall programming.

Registration for Our Fall Programming, Revamping Our Space, Our Exciting New TV Series, and an Update from the Atomatons

Parents and students, it’s almost time to go back to school! Registration for our fall programming starts on Wednesday, September 2. We’ll be posting a list of upcoming programs and workshops in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to our blog and Events page for more information! 

Revamping our Space
After lots of brainstorming, universe searching and space reflection, we’ve decided to revamp the front half of our front space. To do this, we’re looking for creative people to give the storefront a new coat of paint, help design a new sign, and create book and art installations. Lend us a hand and… who knows? You might even be made into a constellation!

We’ll be working on the space between August 24 and September 13. If you’d like to help out or have any questions about our upcoming redesign, email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca.

Our Exciting New TV Series
Do you know a child who is curious, chatty and imaginative? Is he or she interested in science, design, and how things work? We’re developing a TV series called “What If?” and looking for some kids to come up with some out-of-the-box questions that we might ask them on-camera. If you think you know a young person who’d like to participate, email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca!

The Atomatons’ App is Close to Completion

Team Atomatons is well on their way to creating an awesome app. We are taking a summer break while the designer brings their ideas to life.

Thank you to everyone who helped out. We couldn’t have done it without your help, Atomatons!

Thank You to the Toronto Summit Branch of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice, a Mystery Update from Our Atomatons Team, and a Tasty Feature Treat at the Intergalactic Travel Authority

We’d like to extend a big thank you to the Toronto Summit Branch of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice for their generous donation. This paper will come in so handy during our workshops.

Here at Story Planet, we rely on donations to fuel our out-of-this-world programming. If you have unused craft supplies you’d like to donate to our workshops, contact us at info@storyplanet.ca to schedule a drop off time that works for you. Otherwise, we are always accepting online donations. Follow this link to donate to our literacy programming. Thanks for your support, space explorers!

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Our App Designing Workshop Is Ending with a Bang!
… and a Mystery?
This week’s session will be the last for the Atomatons, our skilled group of App-Stronauts, which means it’s only a matter of time before their storymaking app is ready..!

They are currently working on a trailer for their new storymaking app that’ll include special effects and familiar characters. Rumour has it they’re even turning Story Planet into a 3D rendering studio! They want to keep their video a surprise, so we can’t leak too much information about it quite yet, but it should be ready soon. Stay tuned!

The Intergalactic Travel Authority’s Featured Treat
This week, the Intergalactic Travel Authority is tempting the neighbourhood with The Blondie, a gluten free brownie with white and milk chocolate chips and walnuts.

Curious? Drop by and try one for yourself before they’re all gone!

The Intergalactic Travel Authority is the café in the front half of our space at 1165 Bloor Street West.

Diaspora Dialogues’ Call for Submissions for Their Mentoring Program and a Progress Report from Our Team of App-Stronauts

Hey moonwalkers, it might be a little bit quieter than usual at Story Planet this week, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see you. Drop by the Intergalactic Travel Authority (the café/shop in the front half of our space) and escape the heat over an iced coffee and a tasty treat!

Open Call for Submissions for Diaspora Dialogues Mentoring Program
Diaspora Dialogues, an organization committed to supporting emerging Toronto writers and their literature that reflects our wonderful city is looking for submissions for their upcoming mentoring program. If you’ve written a full or near-full draft of an original novel, or collection of short stories or poems about Toronto, click this link to find out if you’re eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Make sure to read the submission guidelines and formatting rules before mailing in your manuscript. Submissions will NOT be accepted by email or fax.

Our App-Stronauts Are Officially onto the Testing Phase

The above video was based on one of the storyboards
created by one of our app-stronauts.

The Atomatons, our dedicated team of app-stronauts have been making great progress with their new app. So far, they’ve completed the design phase with the help of skilled app developers, Andrew Jackman and Richard Marskell, broken off into groups to test their clickable prototype, and gone back to Andrew and Richard with notes on what they liked, and what they thought could be improved. By the time it’s ready to be made available to the public, our app-stronauts hope it’ll include features like: talk to type, drawing your own images and starting a story in the middle and figuring out the beginning and end at your own pace. What a cool idea!

A Quick and Interactive Survey about Our Programming and Our next Storymaking Workshop at Parliament Library

Parents, volunteers, and students, we want to hear from you! Click this link to tell us what you think about our programs, space, and community (from start to finish, the whole survey will take less than 10 minutes)! Whether you have time to fill out the whole thing or just want to answer a few questions, your feedback will go a long way in helping us improve our programming.

Do you have a specific suggestion for us? Email us at info@storylpanet.ca.

Thanks for your help, stargazers!

Storymaking with Story Planet at Parliament Library

DSC_0276We’re hosting another FREE workshop at the Parliament Street branch of the Toronto Public Library this Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.!

Kids between the ages of 7-12, are invited into the writers room to brainstorm, write, and illustrate a unique story as a team. With the help of a facilitator and typist, students brainstorm the main character, setting, and central narrative of their story, while a professional local artist helps bring it to life visually. Once they have reached the halfway point of their story, each student writes and illustrates his or her own ending. After that, their original story will be bound for them to keep, so that every student leaves Story Planet as a published author and illustrator — all in just under two hours!

 

This workshop is part of TD’s Story Reading Club series. To RSVP or find out more about this event, please email us at info@storyplanet.ca.

Kidz Kamp at The Bluffs Gallery and Our Six FREE Alpha Workshops This Week

Looking for some fun activities to keep your kids busy now that school’s out for the summer? Whether they’d prefer to get their hands dirty with some papier-mâché crafts or let their imagination run wild during one of our Alpha Workshops, there are lots of fun events coming up this week.

Kidz Kamp at The Bluffs Gallery
Kidz-Kamp-postScarborough Arts is hosting a super fun Kidz Kamp at the Bluffs Gallery this Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. They’ll have lots of activities for young ones to enjoy such as face painting, papier-mâché, decorating tote bags, and a stenciling workshop. 

To RSVP or find out more about this event, contact Susan at 416-698-7322.

 

This Week’s Alpha Workshops
This week, we’re hosting Alpha workshops ALL over the city. Check out this list of events and contact us to RSVP to the one(s) that work(s) best for you!

This week’s Alpha Workshops were specifically designed for kids in grade 1 and 2. If your child is a little bit older, drop by the Parliament Street Library on Thursday, July 23 from 6-8 for our next TD Summer Reading Club event!

Happy storymaking!

FREE Alpha Worshop at the Bendale Library and An Update from Our Team of App-Stronauts

It’s getting hot out there, earthlings… but we’ve got a solution! This summer, we’ll be visiting schools and libraries all over Toronto with our Summer Alpha Series. Come inside, enjoy some refreshing creativity and take off with a freshly-published book of your own writing!

FREE Alpha Workshop at the Bendale Library
This Thursday, we’ll be hosting a FREE Alpha Workshop for students aged 7-12 at the Bendale branch of the Toronto Public Library during the TD Summer Reading Club series.

We’ll bring the supplies you’ll need. With the help of a typist and professional artist, you’ll get to work with a team to bring your story to life and bring home a book of your own creation!

This workshop is FREE, but space is limited. Contact us at info@storyplanet.ca to sign up!

An Update from Our Team of App-Stronauts
Our app-stronauts are making some serious progress with their storymaking app project!

Officially named “The Atomatons,” so far, our team of team has hired a graphic designer to help them create a logo to properly represent their project, learned the fundamentals of design from the team at archiTEXT and broken off into smaller teams to create paper prototypes of app ideas.

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With prompts from a top secret mission dossier, our teams were assigned to tasks like: helping an alien find maps, citizen information, and a currency exchange during its first time on Earth, making popcorn from scratch with imported butter from northern Italy, and developing a game with care instructions for zombie and regular pets alike. Sounds so cool!

 

Our Next Summer Reading Club Series Workshop

Summer is officially here, which means it’s time for us to kick off our awesome Summer Alpha Series! We’ll be keeping you posted about upcoming events around town, so clear your calendars and don’t forget to check back on our blog and social media to find out about our next event!

Story Making with Story Planet at the Bendale Branch of the Toronto Public Library

DSC_0235Next Thursday (July 9), we’re hosting another FREE workshop at the Bendale branch of the Toronto Public Library as a part of the TD Summer Reading Club series.

Kids aged 7-12 will get to work as a team to create their very own short story and watch it come to life with the help of a typist and professional artist. At the end of the workshop, they’ll all get to keep a copy of their very own book!

Registration is required for this workshop. Contact us at info@storyplanet.ca to sign up! 

Our TD Summer Reading Club Workshop at Amesbury Park, A Bittersweet Farewell to Joe Lasko, and an Update from Our Storymaking App Team

Thank you to everyone who came out to our open house on Thursday night and placed bids on our auction items. The night was a huge success!

If you weren’t able to attend our open house, click this link to make a donation and help us get closer to our fundraising goal. Every little bit helps!

TD Story Reading Club Series Event at Amesbury Park
This Saturday, we’re hosting a FREE workshop for kids aged 7-12 at the Amesbury Park branch of the Toronto Public Library as a part of the TD Summer Reading Club series.

Together, the kids will brainstorm, write, and illustrate a unique story and watch it come to life with the help of a typist and professional artist. At the end of the workshop, everyone who helped write the story will leave with a copy of his or her very own story in book form!

Registration is required for this workshop. Contact us at info@storyplanet.ca to sign up!

A Bittersweet Goodbye to Our Program Coordinator, Joe Lasko

IMG_2535Friends, followers, students, and extraterrestrials, we have a bittersweet announcement to make. Joe Lasko, program coordinator extraordinaire will be blasting off from Story Planet this week to pursue a teaching career. You’ll probably see him around your school from time to time but, after this week, he will no longer be working full-time for Story Planet.

Joe, since you started here, you’ve been an inspiration to our students, an occasional character in our stories, a great friend to many, and an out-of-this-world member of our team. Thanks for everything you’ve done for us, best of luck, and make sure to visit very soon!

An Update from Our Storymaking App Team
Over the next few weeks, our storymaking app team (their official team name is TBA) will be creating an app that’ll help kids like them create and share their stories.

Last week, our app builders tested out some already existing storymaking apps to figure out what they liked, what they didn’t, and what kind of features they could include in their app to make it even better. This week, they had their first official training session, learning about the design process, prototyping, and how to test a prototype for bugs and other problems. It’s early yet, but we’ll keep you posted on their progress. We can’t wait to try it out!

Our Upcoming Open House Event

Friends, supporters, volunteers, and followers, thank you for helping us reach 1000 followers on Twitter! We are over the moon excited that so many of you are interested in our programming.

If you’re not following us yet, find us @StoryPlanetITA for updates about our upcoming programs, live-tweets during fundraising events and original quotes from our hilarious students that you’ll want to retweet to all of your friends!

Don’t have Twitter? Find us on Instagram @storyplanetita or Facebook at facebook.com/StoryPlanetTO.

Open House

STORY PLANET OPEN SPACE finalWe’re hosting an open house on Thursday, June 18 from 6-9 to show off the awesome work our kids have been doing, answer all your questions about our programming, and raise money to get two of our student publications published. With your help, our students will be able to see their books come to life!

 

To sweeten the deal, during the event, we’ll have lots of free food, free beer, entertainment, and silent auctions for you to participate in. Come on by!