As a young girl, late author Helen Weinzweig found inspiration at Toronto Public Library
Helen Weinzweig came to Toronto as a young girl, isolated in a strange new culture and unable to speak the language. She found refuge in Toronto Public Library’s Boys and Girls House, where a librarian took her under her wing and introduced Helen to the world of literature. Helen went on to become the award-winning author of Basic Black with Pearls, among other works.
As a measure of her gratitude to the library, Helen established an endowment fund with the Toronto Public Library Foundation to help the library nurture this same love of books and libraries in our city’s youth. Now her son Daniel has included a bequest to the Helen Weinzweig Endowment Fund in his own will to further his mother’s vision.
Daniel’s request could support youth-focused programs such as Youth Hubs. Youth Hubs provide students in grades 7-10 with homework help in math, science, English, French, and other subjects. This free program is open to all, with a focus on newcomers and vulnerable youth.