Illustrator in Residence


During the residency, a children's book illustrator presents workshops, art activities and portfolio reviews for adults, teens and children. The Illustrator in Residence Program honours the memory of Illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald (1956-2011).

About Yayo

Portfolio Review Meetings

Book a one-on-one 30-minute portfolio review with Yayo and receive feedback on your illustrations. October 7, 21 and 28 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at North York Central Library. For adults and teens. Available in English, French or Spanish.

To make an appointment, please contact with your preferred date and time.


Hear Yayo discuss topics important to aspiring children's book illustrators including getting started as an illustrator, self-promotion and working with clients.

Class Visits

Yayo will visit classes for fun illustration activities from October 2 - October 31. Visits can be conducted at the library or at school. For Grade 1 to 6 classes, high schools and colleges. Available in English, French or Spanish.

Teachers, please contact to request a program for your classes.

Art Exhibit

Come see original artwork by Yayo, as well as illustrations by Joanne Fitzgerald, on display in the second-floor gallery at the North York Central Library. From October 1 - October 31.

All Events

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program is a joint program of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Young Family.