The Beaches, High Park, and Wychwood libraries are turning 100!
In 1915, Toronto Public Library received a Carnegie grant of $50,000 for the construction of the Beaches, High Park, and Wychwood branches in 1916. All were constructed by Eden Smith & Sons Architects in the Tudor Gothic style.
While these branches have a shared history, they have all undergone renovations to become their own unique community spaces. The branches have developed alongside their communities so that they continue to be vital neighbourhood gathering spaces for access, opportunity and connections.
Make a Gift to Enhance Your Libraries
The Toronto Public Library is looking for your support with the Beaches, High Park, and Wychwood Centenary Projects. The goal is to raise funds to enhance the cultural and outdoor spaces of these unique branches, creating connections between the welcoming library interiors and the thriving green space that surround them.
The Beaches Library will add benches in the children’s area so parents and their children can spend time together discovering the joys of reading. Your gift will allow the library to enhance the space where children’s imaginations run wild and spark a love of life-long learning.
In the heart of the Roncesvalles business community, the High Park Library will purchase a bench for its green space directly outside of the building. With this bench, patrons can enjoy the outdoor space surrounding the library, access free wireless and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature and the bustling neighbourhood. Your gift ensures that the outdoor space is just as accessible as the branch’s indoor space.
Similar to High Park, the Wychwood Library is in need of enhancements to its outdoor reading area. The branch will undergo an exciting renovation and transformation to include a spacious second floor outdoor reading area. Your gift to the Centenary Project will be used to purchase new outdoor furniture to further enhance the summer reading experience.