On October 23, 2013, the Bloor/Gladstone branch of the Toronto Public Library will be turning 100 years old. Toronto Public Library’s fourth oldest branch opened its doors on October 23, 1913 and was at its time the largest branch library in Canada and also the first library in the city of Toronto to be fully funding by the City – a testament to our city’s value of public libraries. Originally named the Dovercourt Branch after the surrounding community, the branch has been a cornerstone of the community for the last century.
The branch will be hosting a series of events in celebration of the centenary over the next month leading up to a birthday party on Wednesday, October 23.
The Foundation will also be working with the Community to celebrate the centenary of this wonderful library through the Bloor/Gladstone Centenary Project. The Library is able to add a KidsStop to the Bloor/Gladstone branch in celebration the centenary. However, there are several key components of the KidsStop that still need funding. An additional $15,000 is needed to add these components and the Foundation is inviting the community to help complete the new KidsStop.
Gifts of any value are most welcome and will help take us to our goal. However, Community gifts of $1,000 or more ($84 monthly donation) will be commemorated on a special plaque at the KidsStop. Your support will ensure that the Bloor/Gladstone library remains a vibrant and vital cornerstone of the community.
You can make an online donation to the Bloor/Gladstone Centenary Project now , or call the Library Foundation at 416-393-7123 to make a donation by phone or by fill out this donation form and mail it to the Foundation offices at 789 Yonge Street.
KidsStops are exciting innovative tactile learning environments where parents and caregivers can learn and play independently with children birth to five. KidsStops transform the Library into a destination for young families. The Library becomes not only a place to pick up books quickly but also a place to stay for an extended time, sharing books and other literacy-based toys and material. The centres also enable staff to share ideas with parents and caregivers on how to create literacy-rich home environments. KidsStops are available at S. Walter Stewart and Dufferin/St. Clair branches and will soon be available at Thorncliffe and Cedarbrae branches.
KidsStops are supported in part by Sophie’s Studio.