Saturday, April 04, 2009

Annette Street Public Library Upcoming Spring Highlights

Poster: Junction Literary Pub Crawl with Junction poet Glen Downie
Credit: TPL, Annette Street Branch

Toronto Public Library, Annette Street Branch

and The Junction Historical Society
invite you to a:
Junction Literary Pub Crawl
2008 Toronto Book Award Author
2009 Toronto One Book Author
Junction poet Glen Downie
April 18, 2009 2pm
Annette Street Library
Red line denotes the route of the tour.
Glen Downie
Junction journalist A.B. Rice as portrayed by Neil Ross
Gwendolyn MacEwen will be portrayed by Kristen Buckley
Upcoming Events at Annette Street Public Library

Spring has begun, and what a better time to get out to explore things going on in the neighbourhood? We have so many activities - for all ages - I won't list them all here, but refer you to the Toronto Public Library website where you can get up-to-date information online

Some of the spring highlights:
For Youth
Anime and Cartooning with Dirk. Learn from experienced illustrator Dirk Michiels how to draw Anime and cartoon characters in this fun, hands-on workshop. Ages 8 and up. Free but you need to register in advance. Saturday April 25, 2-4pm

St John Ambulance Babysitting Course for ages 11 and up. $35 fee. Register by calling St John's Ambulance at 416-967-4244 Saturday May 2, 9:30 - 4:30
Free Filmmaking Workshop with Filmberries Kids Club. Filmmaking for ages 6-12. Pre-registration required. Saturday May 9, 2-4pm

For Preschoolers
Babies (0 -18 months) Tuesdays, 2:30 pm April 7 - May 12

Toddlers (19 months - 3 years) Wednesdays, 10:30 am April 8 - May 13

For Adults
Tea and Books Wednesday April 1, May 6, 2-3pm
Join us Wed April 1 to hear John Rutherford discussing The Wizard of Oz. This is not "just" a children's story - Baum used it as a platform for his ideas on religion, Freud, the Women's Suffragette Movement, and most important of all, as a criticism of the lack of information for adolescents on sexual maturation, in this case, for Dorothy. John deals with the original story written by Baum in 1900 and the more explicit Judy Garland movie of 1939, this year celebrating its 70th anniversary. He looks at the recent flurry of books and plays relating to The Wizard of Oz - Maguire's A Lion Among Men and Wicked, Salmon Rushdie's The Wizard of Oz, William Leach's Land of Desire: Merchants, Power and the Rise of a New American Culture and a recent adaptation of Wedekind's play Spring Awakening. This promises to be a fascinating talk!

Junction Literary Tour with Glen Downie Saturday April 18, 2-4pm
This unique event begins with poetry readings by Junction resident Glen's Loyalty Management. Also in attendance will be historical characters from The Junction, who will lead us on a literary tour of the neighbourhood. We will end up at The Troubadour, where Glen will read more poetry. And then it is your turn, if you want a few minutes to share a poem of yours. Glen's book won The City of Toronto Book Award, and is the One Book chosen to "Keep Toronto Reading" (You can pick up a One Book Reader's Guide at any branch of the Toronto Public Library).

Let's hope for a beautiful spring day for this jaunt through words and time and The Junction!

Pam Mountain
Branch Head
Annette Street Public Library
145 Annette Street
Toronto, ON, M6P 1P3
Phone: 416-393-7521
Fax: 416-393-7412

1 comment:

olga said...

Read a wonderful description of the Junction Literary Tour with Glen Downie event on the's portal:

Toronto Culture:: ONE BOOK: The Junction Literary Pub Crawl

ONE BOOK: The Junction Literary Pub Crawl
Presented by: Toronto Public Library

ONE BOOK author Glen Downie joins an entertaining historical/literary walking tour of the junction. Wind up at a local pub for a reading of some of Downie's favorite poems.

Celebrate Toronto's ONE BOOK, Loyalty Management, at the Annette Street branch's Literary Pub Crawl.

The West Toronto Junction is rife with literary history... and who better to guide you through this than the first Librarian and first Chairman of the Library Board? Join these historical characters plus some late literary headliners for a tour of the literary landmarks of the junction.

The tour begins at the Annette Street branch and will last about one hour, ending up at the Troubador Pub, where ONE BOOK author Glen Downie will present some of his favorite poems from his book LOYALTY MANAGEMENT.

You never know who you might run into in the Junction... join us for some surprise appearances!

Runs: Apr 18, 2009
At: Toronto Public Library - Annette St., 145 Annette Street, Toronto [view map]
Neighborhood: Southwest
Playing: Saturday
Language: English
Times: 2 - 4 pm
Cost: Free

Getting there: Two blocks west of Keele Street one block south of Dundas Street West

For more information contact: Joseph Romain
Phone: 416-393-7048

Web site: