A bequest is someone’s name is a meaningful way to express your love.

“Knowing how much the library meant to our mother, our father decided to leave a bequest in his will recognizing her 21 years of service at Toronto Public Library,” said Patrick Thoburn, son of Weldon and Ann Thoburn.

Ann and Weldon Thoburn were married for 43 years and raised two sons, Patrick and Mark. The boys gained a life-long appreciation for reading from their mother who always had books on the go, especially classic literature. Ann was a librarian and worked in many branches and departments throughout her career. Before her retirement she was the Manager of Performing Arts and Languages at the Toronto Reference Library.

When Weldon Thoburn died in 2014, Patrick and Mark met with the Toronto Public Library Foundation to discuss the most meaningful way to allocate their father’s bequest. “Liza Fernandes from the Foundation provided several options for how the bequest could be directed. We chose the Great Books Lecture Series because of Mom’s love of reading for pleasure.”

The Great Books Lecture Series is offered during May/June at library branches throughout Toronto. Guest speakers discuss contemporary issues through themes of classic literary works. The lectures are particularly popular with seniors. See the schedule.

“We’re so happy that our father chose to make a special gift in honour of our mother. In this way, others can share their love of literature as Mom did with us.”

To learn more about including the Toronto Public Library Foundation in your will, click here, or contact Liza Fernandes, 416 397-5924,