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Mimico Public Library 1914. In 1912, several prominent Mimico residents decided to establish a public library board as a recreational project for the village. With 1,373 residents, the village's population was well below the minimum of 2,000 people usually required for Carnegie grants. Nevertheless, on February 26, 1914, Mimico received a Carnegie grant of $7,500 to build a library. At $5.46 per capita, this was the highest per capita amount received in the Toronto area.

Mimico Public Library 1914. In 1912, several prominent Mimico residents decided to establish a public library board as a recreational project for the village. With 1,373 residents, the village's population was well below the minimum of 2,000 people usually required for Carnegie grants. Nevertheless, on February 26, 1914, Mimico received a Carnegie grant of $7,500 to build a library. At $5.46 per capita, this was the highest per capita amount received in the Toronto area.

Wychwood Library opened April 15, 1916. It was the first and model of 3 identical libraries (High Park & Beaches were the others) that TPL built with a $50,000 grant from Carnegie. Eden Smith's design, an adaptation of Tudor Gothic style, was "an almost entire departure from the traditional library building…the Reading room & Library, 70 ft long by 30 ft wide…is really a large hall with an open timbered roof, the walls above 19 ft high to the springing of the roof..the ceiling 29 ft at its…

Historic photo from 1916 - Interior of Toronto Public Library Wychwood Branch, Bathurst St. of Melgund Rd. in Casa Loma

Free to All: Carnegie Libraries & American Culture, 1890-1920 by Abigail A. Van Slyck "The whole story is told here in this book. Carnegie's wishes, the conflicts among local groups, the architecture, development of female librarians. It's a rich and marvelous story, lovingly told."—Alicia Browne,Journal of American Culture

book cover: Free to All: Carnegie Libraries & American Culture, by Abigail A.

Yorkville interior. This photo likely taken before 1909, when the Toronto Public Library Board had adopted the "open shelf" storage system, which allowed readers to browse the books and not have to request them from staff. The area to the right of the main entrance was set aside as the "Teachers and Children's Room." The branch was finished throughout with massive quarter-cut oak. Note the light sconces on the upper right: two of these were uncovered in May 2003 during a retrofit at the…

Yorkville interior. This photo likely taken before 1909, when the Toronto Public Library Board had adopted the "open shelf" storage system, which allowed readers to browse the books and not have to request them from staff. The area to the right of the main entrance was set aside as the "Teachers and Children's Room." The branch was finished throughout with massive quarter-cut oak. Note the light sconces on the upper right: two of these were uncovered in May 2003 during a retrofit at the…

Yorkville Branch Library - Toronto Public Library - Historical Plaque.

Yorkville Branch Library - Toronto Public Library - Historical Plaque.

High Park Branch - Toronto Public Library. Vintage photo circa 1920s of female librarian / staff behind checkout desk on adult floor.  Notice the early fire hose equipment in the background - early health and safety fire protection in libraries.

Vintage photo circa of female librarian / staff behind checkout desk on adult floor. Notice the early fire hose equipment in the background - early health and safety fire protection in libraries. Miss Larkin ?

Yorkville Branch - Toronto Public Library - interior photo circa 1909 - notice classical busts in the childrens' area in the corner (see floor plan pin) - lots of art on the walls- possibly Audubon prints?

Yorkville Branch - Toronto Public Library - interior photo circa 1909 - notice classical busts in the childrens' area in the corner (see floor plan pin) - lots of art on the walls- possibly Audubon prints?

Central Library - Toronto Public Library - Carnegie library building - College and St George - Front Elevation - architectural drawing of exterior.

Central Library - Toronto Public Library - Carnegie library building - College and St George - Front Elevation - architectural drawing of exterior.

Central Library - College Street Postcard c. 1910 Architectural historian Patricia McHugh described the Toronto Reference Library as "one of the best Second Classical Revival buildings in Toronto, rich in sculptural stone ornament but poised and firm with graceful large windows set deep into smooth yellow-brick walls and a gradually stepped approach to dignify the entrance."1

Central Library - College Street Postcard c. 1910 Architectural historian Patricia McHugh described the Toronto Reference Library as "one of the best Second Classical Revival buildings in Toronto, rich in sculptural stone ornament but poised and firm with graceful large windows set deep into smooth yellow-brick walls and a gradually stepped approach to dignify the entrance."1

Central Library -South elevation of  northwest corner of College and St. George streets - City of Toronto Archives - circa October 1913 - Fonds 1231 item 722 - James Salmon Collection.

Central Library -South elevation of northwest corner of College and St. George streets - City of Toronto Archives - circa October 1913 - Fonds 1231 item 722 - James Salmon Collection.

Central Branch - Dedication Plaque - Carnegie Library building - Toronto Public Library - circa 1909.  Toronto's history and Toronto's architecture.

Central Branch - Dedication Plaque - Carnegie Library building - Toronto Public Library - circa Toronto's history and Toronto's architecture.

Toronto Public Library Central Library (College St. and St. George), 1923. ....Source: Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Room, 979-2-2...... 2013 History Matters lecture series line-up announced

Source: Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Room, 2013 History Matters lecture series line-up announced

1911 Toronto Public Library annual report showing the first five Toronto Carnegie libraries.

1911 Toronto Public Library annual report showing the first five Toronto Carnegie libraries.

Great article on Toronto's early Carnegie libraries in: "Historicist: Andrew Carnegie’s Toronto Legacy"  By Kevin Plummer.    Seen here is a photo of Andrew Carnegie at Toronto Old City Hall (TRL 969 12 2) from the collection of the Toronto Public Library.

Great article on Toronto's early Carnegie libraries in: "Historicist: Andrew Carnegie’s Toronto Legacy" By Kevin Plummer. Seen here is a photo of Andrew Carnegie at Toronto Old City Hall (TRL 969 12 from the collection of the Toronto Public Library.