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Book Ends South - New, Improved, Bigger and Better @ Toronto Reference Libary

January 21, 2012 | Bill V. | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Have you seen the amazing new space for Book Ends South at the Toronto Reference Library yet?

The Friends of the Library - South Chapter have just expanded their second-hand bookstore into the much awaited new location within the Toronto Reference Library - which itself is having an ongoing renovation. This is during a period when many smaller bookstores in Toronto have closed or are under duress (The Book Mark, Glad Day, Britnell's, This Ain't the Rosedale Library, La Librairie Champlain, Pages and Dragon Lady Comics). 

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According to Frank Velikonja, Chair of the Friends of Toronto Public Library - South Chapter, the new space has been open since January 3rd and "business has increased beyond our expectations".  "Buyers like the new space - there's more room to move, more titles available and several new categories have been implemented."  The majority of the books, CDs, videos and audiobooks cost $1.00 with some items specially priced.  While the emphasis is on non-fiction there is also lots of fiction in hardcover and paperback.

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In 2011 the Friends of Toronto Public Library - South Chapter donated $63,000 from sales at the bookstore and from special sales (including Treasures and clearance sales) to the Toronto Public Library Foundation.  These much needed funds help support Literacy Programs for Children at Toronto Public Library including "English Can Be Fun" and also the very popular "Dial a Story".  They also supported enhanced programs at the Toronto Reference Library like the On Stage Performing Arts Theatre Series and the On Stage Shakespeare Series done with the Stratford Festival. 

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Book Ends South sells a variety of donations from the public and also withdrawn items from the Library. If you have a very large donation of boxes of books you can call 416.393.7139 to see about pickup or drop off or email: friendssouthchapter@torontopubliclibrary.ca.  You can also drop off donations at the Toronto Reference Library in the donation book bin pictured above.  Your local library branch can also take donations of good quality books and other materials. 

There is also a Book Ends at the North York Central Library - Concourse level that is associated with the Friends of Toronto Public Library - North Chapter who also support children's literacy at the Library through the Leading to Reading Program. In 2011 the North Chapter raised and donated $51,000 to the Toronto Public Library Foundation.  To contact the Friends of Toronto Public Library-North Chapter please call: 416.395.5678 or email: friendsnorthchapter@torontopubliclibrary.ca .

 

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