Famous fans of Toronto Reference Library Sing its Praises

         High profile authors, musicians, politicians and dignitaries
             help launch Library Foundation testimonial campaign

    "The library is our guardian angel - without it there would be much less
    of the past. Writers owe it a huge debt of thanks." -
    Margaret Atwood

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Famous fans of the Toronto Reference Library are
singing its praises in a new initiative sponsored by the Toronto Public
Library Foundation. Look Who's in the Stacks is a poster campaign featuring
testimonials by seven prominent Torontonians. Former Governor-General Adrienne
Clarkson, actor Nicholas Campbell, writers Margaret Atwood and Austin Clarke,
Mayor David Miller, former mayor David Crombie and singer/songwriter k-os have
all contributed stories about what the Reference library means to them. The
posters can be seen in select subway stops, as well as restaurants, shops and
intersections across the city.
    "I was happy to lend my name to such a great institution," says Nicholas
Campbell, who played Da Vinci on CBC Television for seven years. "I come to
the Reference Library all the time to do research. Third floor, row 92, that's
my spot. The resources and staff are terrific - I couldn't do my film work
without them."
    Adrienne Clarkson talks about the wide range of information available at
the Reference Library. "It's such a great repository of knowledge," she says.
"You can research the role of the Governor General there, as I did, or you can
just wander in and find out what kind of rocks those are up at the cottage."
    The Look Who's in the Stacks campaign is funded by the Toronto Public
Library Foundation. "As the Library Foundation embarks on a capital campaign
in 2008 to help fund a $30 million renovation to the Reference Library, we
felt it was important to draw Torontonians' attention to the incredible
treasures in the library in this, its 30th anniversary year," says Toronto
Public Foundation President Heather Rumball. "Many know and love the Toronto
Reference Library as a place for research and study, but it really is so much
more, and is such a critical institution for building and sustaining a strong
and vital city."
    Throughout the months of October and November, the Toronto Reference
Library is hosting a series of events, programs and exhibits in celebration of
its 30th anniversary. For details, visit www.fiftymilesofideas.ca.

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 17 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at

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For further information: Media Contact: Tina Srebotnjak,
tsrebotnjak@torontopubliclibrary.ca, (416) 393-7098

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