The Most Attractive Resort in Town: Public Library Service in West Toronto Junction, 1888-2009

Barbara Myrvold

2nd revised and expanded edition

Paper, 82 p., 126 b&w illus., 28 cm.

Retail Price: $20

Toronto Public Library Board, 2009.

This chronicle goes back to 1888, when library service was introduced to the area by the West Toronto Junction Mechanics’ Institute and extends to 2009, the 100th anniversary of the opening of Toronto Public Library’s Carnegie-funded branch on Annette Street.

Originally published 20 years ago, this new edition is triple in length with four times more illustrations than before, and features an attractive colour cover and a detailed index. Major community events and trends that influenced the library’s growth and biographical details about key personalities are woven into the history. A special section is provided on Ellis and Connery, the architectural firm of Junction resident James A. Ellis who planned the Carnegie library as well as more than 50 other local buildings.

Reviews for 2009

"The revised and expanded edition of The Most Attractive Resort in Town: Public Library Service in West Toronto Junction, 1888 - 2009, ... is as much a history of the Junction as it is a history of the impressive library on Annette Street. ... And now, thanks to Ms. Myrvold's book, the secret of the Junction's colourful history, characters and architecture is as close as the nearest library." Dave LeBlanc, Globe and Mail, Oct. 23, 2009, G4.

" ... this profusely illustrated book describes the history of the public library in the West Toronto Junction area of our city from the opening of the community's original Mechanics' Institute in 1888. It describes the dedication of the present Annette Street branch in 1908 (using a grant of $20,000 from a foundation established by American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie) right up until the present day."
Mike Filey, Toronto Sun, November 1, 2009.

"Overall, this is one of the best micro library histories produced in Canada to date and it can be used to document broader studies." Lorne Bruce, Libraries Today Blog.

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