Library Set to Welcome Community Back to Thorncliffe Branch

Library to reopen after major renovation and expansion

TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Located in one of Toronto's most densely populated communities, the fully renovated and expanded Thorncliffe Branch will reopen on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 1 p.m.

    What:        Grand opening of Thorncliffe Branch
    Where:       48 Thorncliffe Park Drive (off Overlea Blvd)
    Doors Open:  Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 1 p.m.
    Present:     Toronto Library Board Chair Matthew Church
                 City Librarian Jane Pyper

Media are invited for pre opening tours on either Wednesday, April 7 or Thursday, April 8, 2010 from 10 a.m to 12 noon. If interested, please contact Edward Karek at the coordinates listed below to book a time.

"We're looking forward to welcoming the community back to Thorncliffe Branch," said City Librarian Jane Pyper, "We anticipate being very busy as the neighbourhood rediscovers its library - with an excellent collection of books and DVDs, a KidsStop, free access to wireless Internet service, a beautiful reading lounge for adults and great resources for kids and teens, there is something for everyone."

This beautifully expanded library features many exciting enhancements for the public to enjoy:

    -   Double the size: A completely renovated 10,000 square foot facility.
    -   Longer hours: Now open Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 8:30 pm,
        Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.
    -   A library that is easier to use: Complete barrier-free access to the
        building including the front entrance, all collections and lounge
        areas, community rooms, a family washroom and Express Check-in and
    -   New Early Literacy Resources: KidsStop, a hands-on, interactive early
        literacy centre where pre-school children and their parents and
        caregivers learn the six important skills to get kids ready for
    -   Expanded technology: 21 public access computers (a 91% increase),
        free Wi-Fi internet access and CD listening stations.
    -   More to enjoy: Over 11,000 new books, CDs, magazines and DVDs.
    -   Your home away from home: Reading lounges for adults and children, a
        vibrant teen zone with a large screen TV.
    -   More meeting space for the community: Bookable meeting room and a
        small study room.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 17.5 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 31 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

SOURCE Toronto Public Library

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Edward Karek, Communications Officer, (416) 397-5925,

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