The Toronto Public Library recently launched its 100 Reasons campaign. With so many great reasons to love the library, it’s hard to pick just a few faves, but here are four of my own, with a reading treat to match. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but, psst, I’m a pretty big believer in Reason #24!
Lots of LGBT material. And proud of it.
Along with our other booklists on all sorts of topics, we regularly publish a Pride list every year. Whether you're looking for non-fiction that narrates the challenges of coming out, or more classic love stories, there's a book for you.
It’s true. You can actually book the lit-chic Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library for your wedding or other event. What better place to unite book lovers? Here’s a book I loved that looks at love and librarians too.
When Tito loved Clara
John Michaud, 2011
Clara has done her best to separate herself from her chaotic Dominican roots, but when a former flame reappears, she’ll have to question her new life.
This probably goes without saying, but we’re pretty proud of this one. Check out the expanding list of books set all across our city. Poetry more of your thing? We’ve got that covered too.
Toronto Skyline image used on a CC license.
Our bookmobiles help keep the library and its users connected – no matter where they are. We try to keep our bookmobiles drama-free, but some lending libraries get into a little more trouble. Here's a book-within-a-book recommendation:
The bad book affair: a mobile library mystery
Ian Sansom, 2010
Israel Armstrong lends the library's copy of American Pastoral to a troubled teenage girl and soon she disappears. Israel thinks there may be a connection, but he needs figure out what it is and find the girl, all while dealing with the trauma of a breakup and his impending 30th birthday.
These are just a few of the reasons to read your heart out. Have a fave? Share with us!