Celebrating Old and New Friends!

September 4th, the JPL celebrated its 100th Annual General Meeting, bringing together Library members, former and current staff, board members, executive directors, and presidents.  Former President and Executive Director, Anna Fishman Gonshor provided a special tribute to past leaders of the Library as well as acknowledging their descendants in the audience.  The crowd was also treated to the premiere of the JPL’s 100th anniversary film, generously sponsored by the Gerwurz Family Foundation.  Special thank you [...]



YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre

by Kate I recently had the chance to research the YM-YWHA’s Active Service Centre for our boys in WWII. Run by young hostesses, this Centre provided entertainment like dances and splash parties for servicemen in need of a little distraction. I came across some newspaper clippings in the YM-YWHA archival collection that profiled a particularly unique outing offered by the ladies. In the summer of 1944, over 90 Canadian veterans returned home after fighting in Italy [...]

This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library. This Week in JPL History: Way Back Play Back – the Norman Berman Children’s Library.

One of the true treasures of the Library has always been its Children’s library. Through there wasn’t a formal space dedicated to children in the Library until 1951, children’s books were always present. In 1919 made up 10% of the Library’s overall collection. Today, the Norman Berman Children’s Library boasts over 30,000 titles. A long cherished program of the Children’s library has been Storytime. Running consistently through many of the years that the JPL has been open, the program [...]

Celebrating Old and New Friends! Celebrating Old and New Friends!

September 4th, the JPL celebrated its 100th Annual General Meeting, bringing together Library members, former and current staff, board members, executive directors, and presidents.  Former President and Executive Director, Anna Fishman Gonshor provided a special tribute to past leaders of the Library as well as acknowledging their descendants in the audience.  The crowd was also treated to the premiere of the JPL’s 100th anniversary film, generously sponsored by the Gerwurz Family Foundation.  Special thank you [...]