The OSBORNE COLLECTION OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS (BEFORE 1910) began with a visit from British librarian EDGAR OSBORNE.He was greatly impressed by the range and quality of children’s services within the TPL (Toronto Public Library) system.OSBORNE donated his personal collection of some 2,000 rare books in 1949. The numbers have grown to over 80,000 rare and notable modern children’s books. Now there are several collections within the collection.The oldest artefacts include a 14th century manuscript of Aesop’s fables, 16th century school books; Florence Nighingale’s childhood library; Queen Mary’s children’s books; penny dreadfuls, chapbooks, Puritan works, and fifteen-century traditional talesLillian H. Smith library is located at 239 College Street, not far from the University of TORONTO.
TORONTO has the finest public library system in Canada. Library branches exist in every corner of the city – over 100 of them – making it the largest neighbourhood-based library system in the world. The Library boasts 1.3-million card-carrying members.
MICHELE MELADY, the library’s Manager of Collection Development said “Torontonians are voracious readers . . . and it was a great year for Canadian publishing. We like to hear our own stories.”
Madeleine Thien’s Giller Award-winning ‘Do Not Say We Have Nothing’ was the most-requested Canadian book of 2016.The TOP 10 BOOKS borrowed from the Toronto Public Library in 2016
The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien (Canadian)
The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapeña (Canadian)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny (Canadian)
The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall (Canadian)
The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue (Irish-Canadian)
The Widow, by Fiona Barton
The Whistler, by John Grisham
The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill (Canadian)
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