Toronto Reference Library Celebrates 30 Years at Yonge and Bloor

    Torontonians invited to all-day open house

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Toronto Reference Library is inviting the public
to an open house to celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday, November 2,
    The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m., when Breakfast Television host
Kevin Frankish, Mayor David Miller and architects Raymond and Ajon Moriyama
will kick off a full day of events, including a performance by author Paul
Quarrington's band the Porkbelly Futures, readings by former
writers-in-residence Austin Clarke, Russell Smith and Ken McGoogan, a
presentation by current writer-in-residence Hal Niedzviecki, poetry readings,
music, artist demonstrations, library tours, workshops and more (see below for
a full schedule).
    At the event, the library will also launch Your Stories, a collection of
first-person narratives about the library's role in the lives of Torontonians.
From musicians composing on the pianos in the library's practice room to
authors finding inspiration in the picture collections to newcomers studying
and socializing in the language labs, Your Stories showcases the diversity of
the library's services, and of the people who use them. For more information,
visit and click on Your Stories.
    As of November 2, more stories will be available through four new
(murmur) locations around the library building. (murmur) is a location-based
documentary oral history project that records people's memories about places
in the city, then makes them available via phone numbers posted on signs using
an ordinary mobile phone. The project has become a fixture in Toronto, with
its distinctive 'green ear' signs marking storied spots in places such as
Kensington Market, the Annex, Spadina Avenue and the University of Toronto
campus. Now, Reference Library visitors with mobile phones will be able to
listen to stories about the library from local luminaries including writers,
artists, architects and scholars, on the very spots where those stories took
place. Visit for more information.


    10.30 a.m.    Main Event: Mayor David Miller, architects Raymond and
                  Ajon Moriyama
                  MC Kevin Frankish, Citytv
                  Music by the Porkbelly Futures
                  Coffee and cake

    12.30 p.m.    Author Readings: Russell Smith,
                  Austin Clarke, Ken McGoogan

     1.00 p.m.    Ellen Roseman with business advice

     1.00 p.m. to
     4.30 p.m.    Art Before your Eyes: Watch graphic artists do their thing
                  1-2 Barbara Reid
                  2-3 Gerard Gauci
                  3-4 Muriel Wood
                  4-5 Laurie McGaw

     2.00 p.m.    Poetry in the Pit: Ricardo Sternberg, Margaret Christakos,
                  Albert F. Moritz

     2.30 p.m.    Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star columnist

     2.30 p.m.    Music on the 5th floor

     3.00 p.m.    Meditation Workshop

     3.30 p.m.    Writer-in-residence Hal Niedzviecki on zines

     4.00 p.m.    Music on the 5th

     5.00 p.m.    Music in the atrium

    All day:      Special Collections tours of Collected Works: A Public

    More information, visit

    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 or call Answerline at

For further information:

For further information: Media tours: Tina Srebotnjak, (416) 393-7098,; Wendy Banks, (416) 393-7048,

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