After a two-year wait, the Cedarbrae community will finally get its new library – a modern, accessible building with music listening stations, reading lounges, free Wi-Fi and a permanent poetry showcase.
The renovation was a long time coming for local residents, who made good use of the old facility before it shut down for renovations in October 2008.
“As one of the busiest district libraries, we know this branch is an indispensable resource for the Scarborough community and expect they will really enjoy and benefit from all the new modern features,” said city librarian Jane Pyper.
Designed by Makrimichalos Cugini architects, the library turns the traditional model on its head, offering express check-out and check-in, an urban living room, and solar-energy systems.
Embedded in bronze in the library’s walkway are the lines “a man packed a country/in a suitcase with his shoes/and left.” From Rosemary Sullivan’s poem, Exile, the excerpt is part of the Poetry is Public is Poetry display, which will highlight the work of Canadian poets.
This year, the Toronto Public Library also unveiled the newly-renovated Thorncliffe and Riverdale branches. Work on the Northern District Branch should be completed early next year.
The official reopening ceremony for the Cedarbrae Branch happens on Monday at 4:30pm (doors open at 4pm) at 545 Markham Road, south of Lawrence Avenue East.
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