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Local Library History: From Streets to Shelves

By Emily Macrae


Friday, May 5

6:00pm - 7:30pm


Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Advocacy and Politics, Arts and Culture, Architecture and Urban Planning, History and Community

Accessibility: Breaks encouraged, Busy sidewalks, Dog-friendly walk, Family-friendly walk, Will look for and offer outdoor seating as often as possible


This Jane’s Walk explores the origins and evolution the world’s busiest urban library system: from the architectural styles of landmark buildings to the changing role of technology.


We’ll start outside the Lillian H Smith library near College and Spadina then end at the Toronto Reference library. Along the way we’ll find out how puppets, protests and 3D printing have shaped the city’s public library system and share stories about the role of libraries in civic life.


Walk Start Location: Outside Lillian H Smith Public Library (Spadina/College, south of Spadina Stn).

Walk End Location: Toronto Reference Library.

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