Library sights in Toronto
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One of 99 library branches around town, this one is 100 years old – the oldest, and definitely the best looking. A sandstone Palladian facade leads into a lofty lemon-and-white interior housing many shelves, a theatre, gay and lesbian resource centre, 130 magazine titles and small gallery at the back exhibiting local artists' work.
Architecturally speaking, this children's library is worth a peek for its fairy-tale interior and bronze griffins flanking the front door. Special collections archive precious picture books, sci-fi novels, original artwork and manuscripts, poetry, letters and early movable (pop-up) books. Storytime and puppet shows are free.