We all know that, aside from a love of the written word, no two readers are alike. From voracious bookworms who like to stay on top of the most recent bestsellers, to those who are loyal to only a handful of authors, each one has their own preferences, habits, and quirks. But, regardless of which type you are, I'm sure we can all agree that saving money is always nice; why pay for your stories this summer, when you can just borrow it from Toronto's expansive library collections?!
Courtesy of TorontoPublicLibrary.ca
One of my favourite branches is in the Beaches, at Queen Street East and Wheeler Avenue. I mean - what better place to have a library than at the head of beautiful Kew Gardens, stretching all the way to the boardwalk and Lake Ontario beyond?! The Beaches branch is the perfect picturesque place to rummage through the latest paperbacks and head into the park for a picnic and peaceful read! And if it's simply too muggy out, there are cosy nooks to find inside too - with A/C!!
Photo courtesy of Blackwell Structural Engineers, who were responsible for a major renovation of the branch, completed in 2005.
Beyond the books and free wifi, there are plenty of perks that make this branch a popular resource. The library hosts book clubs and reading circles, offers educational classes and seminars, and even hosts sleepovers!
For a complete list of what's happening when - and how to join in - visit the branch's Programs & Classes page!
The stacks are always getting refreshed and restocked, and if you can't find what you're looking for, they'll order it for you!
So, this summer, when you're looking for a book to keep with you lake-side or pool-side, consider borrowing from your local branch of the Toronto Public Library!
(Not sure where to start? The annual list of summer reading recommendations from TED speakers has just been released: check it out here!)
Photo courtesy of Blackwell Structural Engineers
2161 Queen Street East,
Toronto, ON M4L 1J1
Monday - 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Tuesday - 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Wednesday - 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Thursday - 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday - Closed
I gotta say... this is one stellar amenity! What could be more brilliant than to have unlimited free stuff to borrow on a whim just a few blocks from home?!
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Thanks for reading!
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Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
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[Title Photo courtesy of LibraryThing]