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Toronto Story Hour, 1921, central reference library

The development of children's library services at Toronto Public Library accelerated after Lillian Smith was appointed children's librarian in September 1912. She quickly acquired a national reputation for excellence in her specialization. Under her direction, Toronto's children's department served as an example for other public libraries to emulate.

The story hour in particular became a centrepiece for children's work at Toronto. These sessions, often held in crowded conditions, continued at the central reference library on College Street until September 1922, when Boys and Girls House opened.

Page caption: Waiting for the Story Hour, Toronto Central Reference Library, 1921
Photo source: Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, T-12141
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