Scotiabank and Little Free Library Partner to Bring Great Canadian Literature to Book Lovers Across the Country

TORONTO, October 18, 2022 /CNW/ – Scotiabank today announced that it is taking steps to provide greater access to books in underserved communities by becoming one of the biggest supporters of Small free library— the largest book-sharing movement in the world. To help ensure that literature is available and accessible to all, the Bank is expanding its partnership with Little Free Library to tackle a real challenge: making great literature more accessible to communities that have less access to books.

Small free libraries are exchanges of free, publicly available books that individuals request to install in their homes. As they have an installation cost, they are often disproportionately available in areas with higher disposable income, leaving communities without the required funding underserved. Little Free Library refers to these areas as “book deserts”, geographic areas with limited access to books, such as public libraries, affordable bookstores, and small free libraries themselves.

And that’s where sponsors like Scotiabank can make a meaningful difference in the effort to make literature accessible to all communities, no matter the cost. According to Little Free Library, studies have repeatedly shown that books, especially in the hands of children, have a significant impact on literacy. The more books available nearby or at home, the more likely a child is to learn to read.

Scotiabank has built small custom free libraries and places them in “book deserts” across the country. Small personalized free libraries are currently being installed in selected Scotiabank branches and will eventually be relocated to neighborhoods and communities most in need.

Scotiabank will again donate thousands of copies of this year’s edition Novels shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize to the stewards of Little Free Library through Canada. To read one of Giller’s nominated novels this year, courtesy of Scotiabank, Canadians can “pick up a book, share a book” by visiting one of from Canada Small free libraries in their neighborhood.

Some interesting facts about the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist:

  • Women dominate this year’s shortlist.
  • Two collections of short stories and three novels were rewarded.
  • Noor Naga and Tsering Yangzom Lama are both beginning novelists.
  • Rawi Hage was selected in 2018 for his novel Beirut Hellfire Society and shortlisted in 2006 and 2008 for De Niro’s game and Cockroachrespectively.
  • Suzette Mayr was nominated for the Prize in 2011 for her novel, Monoceros.
  • 21 Lesser Known Monstersst Century is Kim Fu’s third novel.
  • For the first time, all nominees are writers of color

Scotiabank is also making room for Canadian storytellers with bulletin boards and panels across the country, where Canadians can scan a QR code to read an in-depth look at all the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize novels.

“At Scotiabank, we are proud of our partnership with the Giller Foundation and the role we play in bringing the works of many talented Canadian authors to readers from coast to coast,” said Laura Curtis Ferrera, Chief Marketing Officer, Scotiabank. “Setting up new small free libraries in communities across the country is one way of working to make great Canadian literature more accessible to everyone.

“We were thrilled when Scotiabank approached us last year to partner with us in enhancing their support for great Canadian literature,” said Greig Metzger, Executive Director, Little Free Library. “Now we are excited to redouble our efforts in our shared mission to actively build communities that love reading. By continuing to champion access and donating thousands of new novels nationwide, Scotiabank brings the best of Canadian storytelling to deserving citizens. »

To kick off the donations, Scotiabank built its first personalized free small library for a new steward at Keswick, Ont.. Canadians who live in “book deserts” and would like to host their own personalized free little library can apply through the Impact Library Program.

Criteria used to assess candidates for the Impact Library program include:

  • Location: Is the location confirmed? Will it be visible and accessible to the target audience?
  • Partnership: Will a partner organization help with the library?
  • Underserved: Will the library reach an underserved public?
  • need book: Is there little or no access to books in this community?
  • Impact: Will it promote literacy, foster community engagement and have community impact?
  • Maintenance: Is there a plan to maintain a book store and the library?

“I always wanted a small free library, but I couldn’t afford to install and maintain it,” said Samantha Cannarella. “I jumped at the chance to become a free steward because I live in a small community with lots of kids and few small free libraries. I hope kids in our neighborhood can use our new library and have easier access to more books.”

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About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our Purpose: “For Every Future”, we help our clients, their families and their communities succeed through a wide range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate banking and investment banking. , and capital markets. With a team of over 90,000 employees and assets of approximately $1.3 trillion (from July 31, 2022), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: SNB) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

About the Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Giller Prize, founded by Jack Rabinovitch in 1994, brings to light year after year the best of Canadian fiction. In 2005, the price partnered with Scotiabank, multiplying the earnings by 4 times. The Scotiabank Giller Prize is now awarding $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or collection of short stories published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists. More information on the novels and authors nominated for the Giller Prize is available at:

About the small free library

Little Free Library® (LFL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds community, inspires readers, and expands access to books for everyone through a global network of small, free libraries run by people. volunteers. There are over 150,000 registered Little Free Library book sharing boxes worldwide in 115 countries and on all seven continents. Thanks to them, more than 250 million books have been shared since 2009. LFL received the 2020 World Literacy Prize as well as honors from the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and others. The organization grants small free libraries full of books to underserved areas through its Impact Library program and champions diverse books through its Read in Color initiative. To learn more, visit


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