Toronto Reference Library Celebrates 30th Anniversary

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Toronto Reference Library kicks off its special
30th anniversary programming this Thursday with a reading by award-winning
author Richard Wright. Mr. Wright will be reading from his just-released
novel, October, and will be interviewed by former Imprint host Tina
    The library will continue to offer original programming all fall in
celebration of the 30th birthday of the building at Yonge and Bloor, including
an Open House on the day itself, November 2. (See below for details)
    "The special programming and the open house will alert Torontonians to
the important role the library plays in the life of the city," says Chief
Librarian Josephine Bryant. "We want to get the word out about the Reference
Library's many hidden treasures. After all, this is a public library and its
treasures should be known to and enjoyed by all."
    There will also be an exhibition of highlights from the library's special
collections in the TD Gallery on the main floor. The show will run from
October 20 to December 30.
    The Toronto Reference Library initially opened in 1909 at College and St.
George streets in the building that now houses the University of Toronto
bookstore. The branch moved to a new building, designed by renowned architect
Raymond Moriyama, at 789 Yonge Street, just north of Bloor in 1977.
    Now, 30 years later, the building is about to undergo renovations that
will provide new, much-needed meeting and performance space, improve its
street presence and generally make the library a more appealing and accessible

    Fall Programming at Toronto Reference Library:

    Author Series

    Thursdays at 7 p.m.

    September 27 -  Richard Wright in conversation with Tina Srebotnjak
    October 4    -  David Gilmour and Rona Maynard in conversation with
                    Sandra Martin, Globe and Mail
    October 11   -  Frances Itani in conversation with writer Cynthia
    October 18   -  Stephen Marche and Elyse Friedman in conversation with
                    Rachel Harry of Book Television
    October 25   -  Andrew Lycett on Arthur Conan Doyle

    Anniversary Open House

    November 2, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Hosted by Breakfast Television host Kevin Frankish, featuring a
performance by the Porkbelly Futures, readings by former writers-in-residence
Austin Clarke, Russell Smith, Katherine Govier and Ken McGoogan, poetry, art
and more.

    Literary Café

    Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.; bring a lunch, or buy one for $5.

    November 7   -  John Robert Colombo and Katherine Barber
    November 14  -  Linwood Barclay
    November 21  -  Ian Brown tapes an edition of CBC's Talking Books
    November 28  -  Jan Wong and Christie Blatchford in conversation with
                    Ralph Benmergui, Jazz FM

    Agents of Change Lecture Series

    Lectures, interviews and Q&As with Canadians who have made a difference.
    Fridays at 6:00 p.m.

    November 9   -  Dr Samantha Nutt of Warchild Canada speaks, followed by
                    an interview with Brian Stewart, CBC Television
    November 16  -  Dr John Mighton of JUMPMath speaks, followed by an
                    interview with David Gilmour
    November 23  -  Veteran journalist Mark Starowicz speaks, followed by an
                    interview with Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio's Q
    November 30  -  Tom Heintzman of Bullfrog Power speaks, followed by an
                    interview with writer and broadcaster Gill Deacon.

    Toronto Public Library is North America's busiest public library system.
Every week more than 329,000 people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than
half a million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our
website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Tina Srebotnjak, (416) 393-7098,

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