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Who is Barbara Frum: explaining the etymology of the Barbara Frum District Library

November 1, 2010 | Jorge | Comments (3)

So what is the story behind the naming of the Barbara Frum District Library?  Yes, it is true that the library is named in honour of Barbara Frum (1937-1992), the distinguished Canadian broadcaster and writer who rocked Canadian media in the 80s.  But this wasn’t always the case.  The library originally opened under the name “Bathurst Heights” back in 1962, which served a local community need.  The library quickly became a popular venue in the community and it was only four years later that the library expanded to serve a regional need, so it was renamed “Bathurst Heights Regional Library.”

But how and why did the library’s name change to the Barbara Frum District Library? In the early 90s, population growth mixed with greater demands on library resources and services drove the need for an enlarged facility.  To keep a long story short, the library exchanged property for a brand new facility at 20 Covington Rd and renamed the building after a local hero and distinguished national treasure, Barbara Frum.

On your next visit to the Barbara Frum Library check out our photo displays of Barbara Frum on the 1st and 3rd floors. 

For further reading on Barbara Frum, check out these reading materials and research databases:


A Daughter's Memoir - BF

Canada in Context


Biology and Genealogy Master Index


As it Happened

Barbara Frum:

A Daughter's Memoir  

Canada in Context Biography and Genealogy Master Index

As it Happened


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