Discover a children’s treasure

Did you know that you can see a 14th century manuscript of Aesop’s fables and Florence Nightingale’s childhood library in the centre of Toronto? These treasures are part of the 80,000 items in The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, housed at the Lillian H. Smith branch on College St.

Earlier this month, the Toronto Star wrote a story about this superb collection established back in 1949 with a gift of 2,000 rare books from Edgar Osborne. The collection was made possible through philanthropy and continues to be supported through the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Osborne Collection.

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The Osborne Collection of Early Childrens’ Books at Lillian H. Smith.

If you would like an in depth look at the collection, join one of the Curator’s Choice show-and-tell presentations held Saturdays at 11:00 am.