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January 14, 2003
New Library Branch in St. James Town
Toronto - North America's largest and busiest public library system is gearing
up to add one more branch - Toronto Public Library will open a new branch in
St. James Town in the summer of 2004, bringing the number of library branches
to 99.

"This is the first new library to be built in Toronto since Burrows Hall Branch
in 1998," says City Librarian, Josephine Bryant. "This new multi-use facility
will deliver recreational, library and daycare services to the most densely
populated neighbourhood in Canada - ten times the City of Toronto average."

St. James Town and the surrounding area is home to a diverse, multicultural
community, many newcomers to Canada and many families with young children. The
project is the result of a collaborative community partnership between the City
of Toronto's Economic Development, Culture and Tourism; Community and
Neighbourhood Services; and the Toronto Public Library.

The 7,500 square foot library to be located at 495 Sherbourne Street (on the
north-east corner of Sherbourne & Wellesley) will include:

- A large children's area with a parenting collection
- A separate teen zone
- Multicultural collections of books, periodicals and newspapers
- A French collection for children
- Adult literacy and English as a second language materials
- 12 computers with free Internet access and four free Kidspace computers
- Materials reflecting the community's needs for employment and career

The vision for the branch grew from extensive community consultations, which
included meetings with youth, seniors and parents; more consultations will be
held early in 2003. The community has asked for study space, extra job search
materials and a large, comfortable children's area. The new facility will
provide one-stop shopping for community service information and a technological
gateway to the larger Toronto Public Library system.

Toronto Public Library is North America's busiest public library system with 98
branches. Every week, over 300,000 people visit its branches, and borrow more
than half a million items. For more information about the Toronto Public
Library, please call Answerline at 416-393-7131 or check out the library's Web
site at

Media Contact
Blaine McKenzie
Toronto Public Library



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