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“The Toronto Public library promotes education, learning and growth by engaging the curiosity of the young and the elders. The Library is essential to the well being and welfare of society, as it brings cohesiveness to communities it serves, because it develops appreciation of individual cultures by bridging individual differences.” ~Izabella Owczarek

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“The library in simple terms has become my refuge. While recovering in the hospital from cancer, my house burned down. I lost my mother, and everything in the world that was dear to me. Books are precious to me and I hold them with a sort of reverence. The library has fortified me with contemporary and classical ideologies; which enabled me to hope to come to fruition and remain last but not least happy and positive in an otherwise daunting and challenging chapter of ‘my life’.” ~Isaac Hilda

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George’s story inspires us to continue in our work to enhance the library to be a safe haven for children and teens, an alternative to the realities that many of them face.

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“As an artist, I’ve always found the Picture Collection at Toronto Reference Library to be a source of inspiration. I’ve created illustrations for Maclean’s, New Yorker, Time, and Rolling Stone – and many of my best ideas were sparked at the Library.” ~ Anita Kunz http://www.anitakunzart.com/

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Do you know a senior who could use a “pick-me-up”. Escort them to the library and maybe they’ll find what they didn’t know they were looking for.

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The late Helen Weinsweig, Toronto author of surreal fiction, began her creative journey as a young girl at the Toronto Public Library.

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