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October 17, 2003
Ontario Public Library Week at Toronto Public Library, featuring Robert Munsch and Piers Handling
TORONTO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2003 -- In recognition of Ontario Public
Library Week (OPLW), the Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce a series
of high profile public events. OPLW (October 20 - 26, 2003) is an annual
celebration of the contribution that public libraries make to the economic
health and quality of life in our communities through their role in preserving
and providing access to information in all forms.

Robert Munsch: Monday, October 20th, 1:30 pm
Favourite children's author Robert Munsch will appear at the North York Central
Library (5210 Yonge Street at the North York Centre subway stop) where grade
one classes will hear the first public reading from Munsch's forthcoming book,
Lacey's Kiss.

Reference Library Public Consultation: Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00 pm
Torontonians are invited to "Have Their Say" at the Toronto Reference Library's
first public consultation for its strategic planning process. The evening,
intended to assemble ideas on the future of the Reference Library and
investigate its role in public access to culture, space and knowledge, will
feature Adam Vaughan, CityTV; Christopher Hume, The Toronto Star; Imre Szeman,
Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition; and Hal Niedzviecki of
Broken Pencil.

The Honourable Jean Augustine, Secretary of State: Wednesday, October 22nd,
1:30 pm
Meet the Honourable Jean Augustine and hear the message she brings to teens
during Ontario Public Library Week at York Woods branch (1785 Finch Avenue

Benji Gallander: Thursday, October 23rd, 6:30 pm
Noted speaker and author will investigate the primary reasons that small
businesses fail and how to save time and money with a business plan at the
Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street).

Piers Handling: Friday, October 24th, 6:00 pm
Piers Handling, Festival Director of the Toronto International Film Festival
will speak at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), take audience
questions and provide a sneak preview of plans for the Festival's new home.

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

For more information, please contact:
Blaine McKenzie, Communications Officer,
Marketing & Communications, 416-393-7219



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