Toronto Public Library Invites You to Share the Books You Love

March 22, 2011 | Media Relations

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170 journals spread across city as part of Keep Toronto Reading Festival

TORONTO (Tuesday, March 22, 2011) Toronto Public Library’s popular red journals are back for a second year. The library’s 99 branches today each launched a journal inviting Torontonians to write about books they love. The journals left their home branches this morning, and were launched into their neighbourhoods by library staff and customers. Anyone finding one of the journals is encouraged to write about a favourite book and then release the little red book back into the community.

The journals are part of the library’s annual Keep Toronto Reading Festival, which takes place each April.  The festival’s theme this year is Let Books Transform you this April and so people are especially encouraged to share a transformative read. The journey of the journals can be tracked through Twitter (@torontolibrary and #ktrjournal), or through the journal blog on the Keep Toronto Reading website (

In addition to the roaming journals, the library has this year placed stationary journals in 40 independent coffee shops and book stores.  Readers who want to share a book that really mattered to them are invited to drop by one of these locations and make an entry. A map showing all locations is located on the website.  In addition, the library’s Bookmobiles will each carry a journal on their regular routes around the city.

The festival media sponsors, the Toronto Star and CBC, will also circulate a journal among their staff. And 15 Scarborough primary schools will be filling their own journals leading up to their special day-long celebrations of reading on April 29.

The library asks that anyone finding a traveling journal after April 20 return it to their local branch.  Stationary journals will be collected at the end of the month, and a comprehensive “Books Toronto Loves” list will be compiled and posted on the website. 

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Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

Media Contact:
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager – Cultural & Special Events Programming