Program Update

March 30, 2012 | Tina Srebotnjak

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All library branches are now open, and all library programs are up and running, including our (almost) full roster of Keep Toronto events.  Please note the following:

Keep Toronto Reading Launch

Toronto Public Library kicks off its annual Keep Toronto Reading festival this  Monday, April 2 with an event featuring our One Book author Maggie Helwig

Come out and meet Maggie as she talks about her book Girls Fall Down with the CBC’s Anne Marie Mediwake, and hear some great music by singer/songwriter Jon Brooks.  The evening starts at 7pm in the atrium of the Toronto Reference Library.

Monday’s event is just one of 100 events taking place this April at 51 branches.  Come meet great writers like Esi Edugyan, David Gilmour, Lionel Shriver and Wayne Johnston.  Celebrate Toronto as a “Reader City” with local authors who live in your neighbourhood, take a literary walking tour of the Junction, and discover the history of  Leaside,  Rexdale and the Guild Inn.  There are photography and graffiti  workshops for teens and fun events for kids all over town. 

Come out and discuss the themes of our One Book.  Maggie will be reading at a few branches, as well as taking part in panels whose topics come right out of the pages of her book.  As photography figures prominently in the book, we’re also holding a “Hidden Toronto” photo contest. Send us a photo of your favourite Toronto spot for a chance to be published in the Toronto Star. 

We’re also inviting everyone to share the books they love.  Tell us what you’re reading and where you’re reading it by filling out a sticker at your local branch and posting it on our Reader City walls.  Or tell us online at, join the discussion on Twitter or Facebook, or upload a mini book-review to YouTube.

Full details on our website, or pick up a program guide at your local branch. 

Please note that Esi Edugyan's event at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday, April 5, has been cancelled.  Esi will be at North York Central on Wed, April 4 at 7pm as scheduled.

 The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon Events:

Shakespeare Lectures: The two Shakespeare lectures that were cancelled are being rescheduled.  Check our website for details. 

Lionel Shriver in conversation with Anne Kingston, April 5This event has moved back to the Appel Salon.   Tickets available at