New Wy­ch­wood Li­brary for 2019

North Toronto Post - - News - Joe Mi­hevc Ward 21 Coun­cil­lor

Did you know that Wy­ch­wood Li­brary is over a cen­tury old? Built in 1916 as a gift from phi­lan­thropist An­drew Carnegie, the build­ing, de­signed by Eden Smith & Sons, is one of Toronto’s first li­braries.

Sit­u­ated near Bathurst Street and Vaughan Road, the branch hosts a large col­lec­tion of print books, a mod­er­ate amount of seat­ing and a hand­ful of com­puter workstations within its orig­i­nal 6,500 square feet. Nearby is the Wells Hill Lawn Bowl­ing Club, es­tab­lished in 1929.

Over time, our com­mu­nity has grown and changed, and it is time for the Wy­ch­wood Li­brary to adapt. That’s why this year we are un­der­tak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion of the build­ing, more than dou­bling its size to 15,000 square feet. Her­itage el­e­ments will be main­tained, but in­side we will ben­e­fit from state-of- the-art enhancements.

Some ex­cit­ing com­po­nents in­clude a Kid­sS­top early lit­er­acy cen­tre, a dig­i­tal innovation hub, a com­mu­nity room and a new se­niors’ space. Pro­grams for Filipino se­niors are be­ing con­sid­ered since Ward 21 has one of the high­est Filipino pop­u­la­tions city­wide.

Toronto Public Li­brary hosted a num­ber of open houses where the com­mu­nity could view de­sign con­cepts with li­brary staff and the ar­chi­tects. One out­come of the con­sul­ta­tions has been to in­cor­po­rate the Wells Hill Lawn Bowl­ing Club into the li­brary build­ing, with the club’s pa­tio be­ing main­tained out­side of the li­brary.

Stay tuned for the ground­break­ing cel­e­bra­tion to­ward the end of this year, and for 2019 we can look for­ward to our in­no­va­tive new Wy­ch­wood Li­brary and hub!

A ren­der­ing of the new li­brary com­ing to the Wy­ch­wood neigh­bour­hood

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