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September 17, 2002
Knowing is Better: Toronto Reference Library at 25
This fall, Toronto Public Library invites you to the 25th anniversary of the
Toronto Reference Library. The "Knowing is Better" celebration features
literary readings, cultural evenings and savvy talks on current affairs.

"This is a public gathering space where people have been exchanging ideas for a
quarter-century," City Librarian Jo Bryant points out, "and we want to let
everyone know that we are proud of this vibrant and important meeting place."

Architect Raymond Moriyama designed the reference library which opened its
doors November 2, 1977 at Yonge and Asquith, just north of Bloor. It won the
1982 Governor General's Medal for Architecture. Since then over 34 million
people have entered its doors.

This fall a special 25th Anniversary Lecture Series features an array of guest
speakers such as 2001 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner Alistair MacLeod,
Boom, Bust & Echo author David Foot and cultural and political theorist Mark
Kingwell. Artist Doris McCarthy will show slides of her artwork, and architects
Philip Carter, Jack Diamond, Michael Kirkland and Eb Ziedler join Globe & Mail
critic Lisa Rochon in a panel discussion on public spaces.

The 2002/2003 Performing Arts Lecture Series presents Jacques Israelievitch,
Kerry Stratton, Robert Lantos and Albert Schultz contributing to the "Knowing
is Better" theme by describing life as a creative adventure.

In addition to the lecture series, Writer-in-Residence Austin Clarke will
present creative writing workshops along with authors Rosemary Sullivan,
Catherine Bush and Michelle Berry.

Toronto Reference Library hours are Mon-Thur 10-8, Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 1:30-5.
The Toronto Reference Library is located one block north of Bloor and Yonge.

For complete information, click on Programs and Events on the library's website


A very brief history of the Toronto Reference Library
1903 $350,000 Carnegie donation for three Toronto branches
1904 College and St. George property purchased
1906 Library cornerstone laid
1909 Public Reference Library opens
1910 Telephone reference service begins
1928 Sunday hours begin
1941 Business and technology centre opens
1970 Raymond Moriyama does feasibility study for a new library
1972 Yonge & Asquith property purchased, one block north of Bloor Street
1975 Groundbreaking ceremony
1977 November 2, the new library opens

Toronto Reference Library 25th Anniversary Lecture Series

16: Discussion, historian Ted Wickson, 7:30 pm
17: Author Readings, Stan Rogal, Natalee Caple, Catherine Jenkins, Althea
Prince and John Stiles, 7:30 pm
19: Writing Workshop, author Austin C. Clarke, 12 noon
30: Writing Workshop, author Rosemary Sullivan, 12 noon

4: Performing Arts presents musician Jacques Israelievitch, 7:30 pm
5: TD Gallery exhibit opens The First 25 Years, Library Hours
9: Writing Workshop, author Catherine Bush, 12 noon
18: Health Panel, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Dr. Michael Rachlis and Dr. Lawrence
Erlick, 6 pm
22: Author Readings, Elizabeth Hay and Michael Redhill, 7:30 pm

1: Architects Phillip Carter, Jack Diamond, Eb Zeidler, Michael Kirkland and
critic Lisa Rochon, 6 pm
4: Writing Workshop, author Michelle Berry, 12 noon
4: Performing Arts presents musician Kerry Stratton, 6 pm
7: Author Reading, Alistair MacLeod, 7:30 pm
8: Discussion, business guru David Foot, 6 pm
11: Writing Workshop, author Austin C. Clarke, 12 noon
15: Discussion, cultural theorist Mark Kingwell, 6:30 pm
19: Author Readings, Priscila Uppal and Dennis Bock, 7:30 pm
22: Performing Arts presents film producer Robert Lantos, 6 pm
23: Slide Lecture, artist Doris McCarthy, 2 pm
29: Readings in French and English with Paul Savoie, Steven Heighton and his
translator Christine Kline-Lataud, 6 pm

4: Performing Arts presents Albert Schultz, 6 pm
7: TD Gallery exhibit opens Celebrating 60 Years of Curious George, Library
10: Author Readings, Katherine Govier and Michelle Berry, 7:30 pm

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