Toronto - Members of the public are invited to help continue to shape the upcoming major renovation of Cedarbrae Branch, one of Toronto's busiest branches, by participating in an open house on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 25, 2007, 6 - 8 p.m.
Place: Cedarbrae Branch, 545 Markham Road (South of Lawrence Avenue East)

Toronto Public Library staff, local councillor Paul Ainslie and representatives from architectural firm Makrimichalos Cugini Architects will be on hand to unveil preliminary plans for the branch renovation and listen to comments from the public. Members of the public who are unable to attend the meeting, can fill out a comment form, available at the branch or online.

Scheduled to proceed in 2008, the renovation will:

  • Completely redesign the interior space with a new entrance
  • Revamp the auditorium and all the public meeting and program space
  • Add new reading lounges for adults, teens and children
  • Expand the User Education Centre
  • Add a new separate teen zone
  • Provide unique spaces for all of the multilingual and local history collections
  • Provide wireless Internet access
  • Add a new express check-out service
  • Add KidsStop, an Interactive Centre for preschool children
  • Improve the library's street presence
  • Add a children's reading garden
  • Add specifically designed outdoor spaces for reading, relaxing and interacting.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 17 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.