9th Annual Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture

Albert Lahmer was a long-time Friend and supporter of the Osborne Collection who loved books, particularly children’s books. His memory is honoured through a series of lectures devoted to children’s book history. The Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections proudly present the 9th Annual Albert Lahmer Memorial LectureSowing Seeds in Danny, Dorothy, Dennis, Dillon and Destiny:  A Century of Library Service to Children.

Thursday April 26, 2012 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  at Lillian H. Smith Branch.

As we celebrate the centenary of children’s librarians at the Toronto Public Library and look back to the early decades of library service to children let’s examine some of the specific books and stories that lay behind that mission.  What were those seeds that Lillian H. Smith and her disciples were sowing with such energy, idealism and creativity?  And how did they get away with it?

Sarah Ellis, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the TD Children’s Literature Award, and the Vicki Metcalf Award for her body of work, delivers the lecture. This event will be preceded by the Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections Annual General Meeting (10 minutes) and a sale of Friends merchandise.

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

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“The World Was All Before Them”

Come see a special exhibit at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books about the early years of children’s services at Toronto Public Library, and the best-loved books through the decades.

See how our librarians have brought children and books together for 100 years!
Celebrate with us a century of service to children at Toronto Public Library.


This is an ongoing event running until Saturday June 9, 2012.

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Virutal feast for the eyes

We all know that the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s books is a treasure trove of unique and interesting items. If you’re unable to visit the location, feast your eyes on their series of virtual exhibits from anywhere. These are online exhibits highlighting items from the Osborne Collection.

 

 

Worlds Away! Wild Inventions at Osborne
This exhibit features children’s books and illustrations on weird science, exploration, space travel and off-beat inventions. Learn about or reacquaint yourself with Tom Swift or Buck Rogers.

When Cinderella Went to the Ball: Five Hundred Years of Fairy Tales
This virtual exhibit presents a small selection of items taken from the Osborne Collection’s sixtieth anniversary exhibit, When Cinderella Went to the Ball: Five Hundred Years of Fairy Tales. It celebrates one of children’s literature’s most enduringly popular genres.

         

Picture Perfect! An Exhibit of Canadian Picture Book Art
Enter the ‘cave’ and see picture perfect images from the book Quennu and the Cave Bear by Marie Day.

This Magical Book: Movable Books for Children, 1771-2001
See 200 years of children’s op-up and other moveable books!

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See Tintin at Osborne

You have seen Tintin on the silver screen – now read the original!

The celebrated adventures of the youthful reporter Tintin, who is able to solve crimes that baffle detectives around the world, were created by Belgian author-illustrator Georges Prosper Remi (1907-1983), more popularly known as Hergé.

                            

Early editions of all the Tintin stories may be seen at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books. Tintin first appeared in comic strips in 1929 and was issued in book format from 1930 onwards. His adventures take him throughout Europe, to China, Tibet, South America, and many other exotic locations. The Tintin stories inspired a new generation of action heroes and the stories themselves are still read by both adults and children to this day.

Visit the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books and let yourself be inspired and enthralled!

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Meet Sarah Ellis, our Writer-in-Residence

The launch of the Writer-in-Residence Program will take place on Saturday February 11, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lillian H. Smith Library.  This is an opportunity to meet Sarah Ellis, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award (for Pick up sticks), the TD Children’s Literature Award, and the Vicki Metcalf Award for her body of work.

All are welcome for a short reading and talk.
Groups, please be sure to call ahead to make a booking at (416) 393-7753.

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A writer-in-residence at Osborne!

Sarah Ellis will be the Writer-in-Residence at The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books between February 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012.

Aspiring writers age 18+ are invited to submit a manuscript (fiction, poetry or non-fiction, or picture books intended for children or young adults) of no more than 15 pages. The library reserves the right to limit the number of manuscripts accepted.

Manuscripts will be accepted until January 13, 2012 and must be:

Ms. Ellis will meet (by appointment only) with each author for a free hour-long, one-on-one session. Send in your manuscript early and avoid disappointments!

Check back often here and find out about a series of writer-in-residence scheduled events including: a meeting with Sarah Ellis; a workshop for young writers ages 9-13; a picture book appreciation with the author and Barbara Reid; an interactive discussion of stories; and a workshop for aspiring adult writers. For a list of books by Ms. Ellis, search our catalogue.

Our thanks to the Canada Council for their assistance and support of the writer-in-residence program.

 
For more information, please contact The Osborne Collection
at (416) 393-7753.

 

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With thanks from The Friends

The Friends of the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books would like to extend a big thank-you to all those bloggers who have highlighted our collections, events and have linked to our wonderful site and Facebook Page. Once On A Tyme explores the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books located on the 4th floor of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library.

                   

We appreciate your experiences, observations, and opinions and welcome any feedback and questions about membership, merchandise, and the collections. Phone: 416-393-7753.

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Give the gift of Osborne

Just in time for the gift giving season, let The Friends of Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books help you complete your holiday shopping early! The Friends will be holding a sale of all their merchandise at the Runnymede Branch.

Give the gift of Osborne and choose from a wide variety of items – all based on designs from Osborne holdings. Some gift ideas include:

           

See the above items on sale and more when you come and shop on the following days and times:

  • Thursday December 1, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday December 2, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday December 3, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact 416-393-7753 or 416-393-7697.

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Budget 2012 – Have your say!

Attend the Budget 2012 – Have your say public consultation on Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement auditorium of the Lillian H. Smith BranchCouncillor Adam Vaughan will be leading the meeting, and Toronto Public Library’s City Librarian, Jane Pyper will be there. Reduced hours at Lillian H. Smith will result in a change of hours at Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, which will close two mornings each week and open two evenings. For a research collection where much use comes through class visits and talks, this will affect use and access.

Please come and voice your concerns.  For more information, call 416-393-7753.


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Treasures up above

There are treasures up above at the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, the 4th floor of the Lillian H. Smith Branch.

                   

In addition to a sizable collection of miniature books, there are over 80,000 rare and notable modern children’s books. These are classified in three parts:

We are so blogged about! Check out what’s being written about us:

 

 

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