Blog Talk at Kennedy/Eglinton Library

I’m blogging live from Kennedy/Eglinton branch with Joan, Raymon, and a few others.  I’ve been talking about my library blog and details like the window seats and tall grasses! I’ve just asked the participants at today’s event what they like about the library. Joan likes the smell and the feel of books, the printed page. […]

Remaining Libraries to Describe More Fully

This morning I was thinking about which library to visit next for the blog. Way back in 2007, my first posts were more like notes than paragraphs. Before I sign off on the library blog project for good, I’d like to expand these early posts and add a few pictures. The following are the branches […]

North York Central (West Side): Gateway Services and Assorted Meeting Rooms (2010 Visit)

Located on the first floor, west side, Gateway Services was devoted to TPL-card-carrying youth. It featured The Young Adult Collection, a computer Learning Centre, and The Hub (a teenager-friendly space for study and socializing). Within The Hub’s zone was a tall gazebo-like structure whose roof consisted of a pink circle crossed by parallel white boards. […]

CBC Radio Interview

Early yesterday morning I got to talk about my library blog on CBC Radio! I was thrilled and a little nervous, but host Matt Galloway did a great job of putting me at ease. Thank you Matt for an engaging and fun interview! If anybody would like to hear the interview, please check out http://c-raine.com/catherine-cbc-20100315.mp3. […]

Library Blog Interview!

I was delighted to meet Vit Wagner, Publishing Reporter for the Toronto Star this afternoon. We spent half an hour at a café talking about my quest to visit and write about all 99 Toronto Public Libraries. Afterwards, there was even a photo session in front of Saint James Town Library, courtesy of Star Photographer, […]

Art-Friendly Mount Dennis Library (Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West)

A striking mural stopped me in my tracks as I walked through a side passageway to the entrance of Mount Dennis Library. I saw a man and a woman facing each other in the middle of a green field. A community of daffodils gathered in the foreground, and two trees framed the scene, transforming actual […]

And now for Goldhawk Park, Steeles, and Bridlewood branches

The previous post described the first two libraries out of the five Stewart and I visited a couple of weeks ago, so now I’d like to focus on the remaining three. Goldhawk Park branch resided in its own square building and seemed less trendy than Woodside Square. However, Goldhawk Park’s location on the edge of […]

Northeast Scarborough Library Fest

Two Saturdays ago, Stewart and I visited five libraries in northeast Scarborough. That’s right! Five! Listed in the order visited, these branches include: Malvern, Woodside Square, Goldhawk Park, Steeles, and Bridlewood. The south flank of Malvern Library reminded me of a giant silver ice-cube tray turned on its side to drain. The front of the […]

Fifty two Toronto libraries visited! Books all OVER the city!

Downsview branch was my 50th library, a large and self-contained building with an enormous main floor and smaller basement level, similar in set up to Don Mills Library. As I entered Downsview library, my head tilted back in appreciation of the wealth of light and space above the shelves. I felt like I was in […]

A Walking Tour of Urban Affairs, Sanderson, and College/Shaw Branches

A few days after the Mount Pleasant Library visit, I walked from the Eaton Centre to Ossington and Bloor, taking in three libraries along the way. The first library I visited that day was Urban Affairs inside Metro City Hall. A blue and green banner alerted me to its presence, and I walked up a […]

Three More Libraries on My TPL Pilgrimage!

Let me tell you about them. Don Mills Library–lobby featured a pillow embroidery display and a potted pine, main level was a massive room with orange walls, and the basement level offered substantial reference and career section. Flemingdon Park Library–a small room housed within a larger community centre, very warm atmosphere with distinct but not […]

Libraries, the Sequel

In an earlier post I described the Toronto Public Libraries east of the Don Valley Parkway that I’ve visited. Now, after a pause that heightened suspense to unbearable levels, I give you, ladies and gentlemen, the Libraries West of the Don Valley that Catherine Has Visited! Parliament–a spacious building on two floors, very helpful staff […]