Toronto - In celebration of Toronto Reference Library's 30th anniversary, Toronto Public Library presents Collected Works: a Public Legacy, a gallery exhibition and featured programming showcasing the library's special collections.

Beginning with pieces acquired in the late 19th century and continuing to the present, the exhibit reveals a wonderful diversity of focus, form, age and content; a public legacy that continues to grow through acquisition and donation.

Highlights of the exhibit include original manuscripts recently donated to the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection; an 1875 skyline of Toronto painted by Arthur Cox; costume designs by Canadian designers Mary Kerr and Teresa Przybylski; Simon Fraser's 1808 journal of a voyage from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast; and selections from Toronto Public Library's dazzling Double Elephant Folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, including a peculiar rendition of the Pink Flamingo.

What: Collected Works: A Public Legacy
When: Saturday, October 20 to Monday, December 31, 2007.
Where: TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Sundays 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (beginning October 28)

Select Related Programming:

Anniversary Open House (Toronto Reference Library, all day)
Nov 2: An all-day party, with special guests Mayor David Miller, Architects Raymond and Ajon Moriyama, authors in the Atrium, Poetry in the Pit, "White Glove" tour of Toronto Reference Library's special collections, Cellos on the 5th floor, Coffee/cake at 10:30 a.m., Music by Porkbelly Futures

Wednesday Literary Cafes (Toronto Reference Library, 12:30 p.m.)
Nov 7: Time for Trivia with John Robert Colombo and Katherine Barber
Nov 14: Mystery Lunch with Linwood Barclay
Nov 21: CBC's Talking Books with Ian Brown
Nov 28: Lunch with Jan & Christie with Jan Wong and Christie Blatchford

Check out the virtual exhibit and the complete list of special 30th anniversary programming at http://www.fiftymilesofideas.ca/.