Regular Library Hours

Monday11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Tuesday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday Openings

Saturday September 22, 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday October 20, 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday November 3, 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday November 17, 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday December 1, 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday December 15, 201811:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An Afternoon with Bam and Kero

Join us for an exciting afternoon with Yuka Shimada, the author and illustrator of the beloved Bam and Kero children’s book series. Enjoy three Bam and Kero books through storytelling and singing! Yuka Shimada’s books will be available for purchase before and after the reading. Mitsuyo Miyake from Warabe Uta and Jennifer Graham from Toronto Public Library will perform the reading and singing.

2:00 – 3:00 Reading and Singing!

“Bam and Kero’s Sunday” [bilingual]

“Bam and Kero Go Flying” [Japanese]

“Bam and Kero’s Frosty Morning” [bilingual]

3:00 – 3:30 Book Sales & Signing

The JFT Library will be open 11:00 – 4:00.


Yuka Shimada

Yuka Shimada graduated in graphic design from the Tokyo Design Academy. She worked as a package designer before becoming an author/ illustrator of children’s books in 1994. Her debut work, Bam to Kero no Nichiyoubi, was turned into a series, with five books published so far. Total sales for this series and the two books in the sequel series, the Galago series, have reached approximately five million (as of 2014), and they remain popular today after long being loved by readers in Japan. Bam and Kero’s Frosty Morning is the English translation of Bam to Kero no Samui Asa, which was published in 1996, and it is the third book in the Bam and Kero series. An English translation of  Bam and Kero’s Sunday, Bam and Kero Go Flying, and Bam and Kero’s Frosty Morning are available. Yuka Shimada currently resides in Ontario.
(All the above books are published by Bunkeido Co., Ltd. Japan)


About the JFT Library

The Japan Foundation Toronto Library is a public lending library for anyone interested in Japan and Japanese culture. It maintains a collection of over 20,000 Japan-related print and audiovisual materials in English, Japanese and French, emphasizing language study, art, literature, history and culture.

Visitors are welcome to study in the library, watch a film at one of the viewing stations, and explore our collection of manga, CDs, DVDs, fashion magazines and other great resources.

Our catalogue is available online in web and mobile formats for you to browse at home. Registered users may renew their materials and place holds on items using our online account system: Click here to sign in.

Inquiries: 416-966-2935