Public Libraries and IDA Ontario

We are committed to partnering with public libraries to ensure access to information and resources that parents and caregivers need to recognize the early signs of dyslexia and support their child's literacy development. We partner with public libraries to bring awareness to the early signs of dyslexia and provide resources so families can support and advocate for their children. We provide training for library staff, grants for decodable books, and information sessions for parents and caregivers. 

Click the Ontario map below to see all the locations across the province that received grants.


Grants provided


Dollars granted


Decodable books purchased


Percent of libraries in a rural or remote community

Partnership Details

Successful applicants will receive a $500 cheque to purchase decodable books. IDA Ontario will have a list of eligible books on our website. The library can download the list to review and check availability through their vendors.

IDA Ontario will provide libraries with display kits for Read October, our annual dyslexia awareness campaign coinciding with Dyslexia Awareness Month. Libraries will create displays with decodable books and materials we provide, then share pictures on social media using hashtags #ReadOctober, #DyslexiaAwareness, and #IDAONTARIO to support our campaign and raise funds for future library grants.

All libraries are encouraged to download and display our decodable books poster which explains the purpose of decodable books, and our decodable spine sticker to help make these books easy to find on the shelf.

Additionally, libraries are encouraged to engage in IDA Ontario initiatives to increase understanding of the Science of Reading. We offer one complimentary licence of “The Basics of Decoding and Spelling” to each library branch and have library-specific training for optimizing volunteer reading programs.

Please note that IDA Ontario only offers grants to public libraries. We are not able to partner with school libraries at this time. 

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