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Blithe Spirits: The Early Years of Children's Library Services in Toronto

Blithe Spirits: The Early Years of Children's Library Services in Toronto
15 Devonshire Place, George Ignatieff Theatre
Time: Apr 4th, 8:00 pm End: Apr 4th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Information, Faculty of, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Canada, Book History/Print Culture, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Lecture by Leslie McGrath, Hean, Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Toronto Public Library

The Friends of the John W. Graham Library of Trinity College is pleased to present the Eleventh Annual Frederic Alden Warren Lecture:

Leslie McGrath, Head, Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Toronto Public Library

Blithe Spirits: The Early Years of Children's Library Services in Toronto

Wednesday 4 April 2012 at 8 p.m.
George Ignatieff Theatre
Reception following in the Buttery.

This event is free and open to the public, but an advance RSVP is required.  Please let us know that you are coming by 30 March:
(416)  978-2653 or email fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca

Event website: http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/Library_Archives/Friends_of_the_Library/friends_events.htm

Founded in 1912, children's services at Toronto Public Library were intended to raise a generation of readers.  The early librarians worked tirelessly to build fine collections and to promote them, following a sweeping  directive that "only the best is good enough for children."

This is a brief look behind the scenes: how the service began, how books were chosen, and the growth of children's programs.  What emerges is a portrait of some remarkable professionals whose influence - and whose presence - is still with us today.


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