Join us for The 17th Annual Albert & Clara Lahmer Memorial Lecture, a TPL online event taking place on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Finding Winnie: The remarkable true story of Winnie-the-Pooh and one great granddaughter’s journey to discover it.
Lindsay Mattick is the great granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn – the Canadian veterinarian and soldier who purchased the small black bear cub that fatefully went on to inspire A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. Lindsay will share the adventure she’s had exploring her family history as well as the challenges and rewards of bringing it to life in her award-winning picture book Finding Winnie and the charming middle grade novel Winnie's Great War.
Lahmer, Pantazzi and Stubbs Lectures rescheduled: three great speakers in 2021
The Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture and the Helen E. Stubbs Memorial Lecture, both scheduled for the fall of 2020, have been moved to the new year. We look forward to hearing our award-winning speakers, illustrator/author Jillian Tamaki and author Kathy Stinson in the new year.
The Albert and Clara Lahmer Lecture, originally scheduled for April 2020 and cancelled because of the shutdown, has also been rescheduled. We are delighted that you will be able to enjoy Lindsay Mattick's "Finding Winnie: The remarkable true story of Winnie-the-Pooh and one greatgranddaughter’s journey to discover that story."
Dates for all lectures will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.
Digital jigsaw puzzles -- fun, addictive and an increasingly popular way to enjoy images from libraries around the world. Check out these 72 puzzles from the Toronto Public Library featuring treasures from its wide range of special collections, including the Osborne. We dare you to do just one!
Digitization lets you explore Osborne treasures wherever you are. Over the past few years, thanks to generosity of donors and members, the Friends have been proud to assist with digitization of fairy tales, science books, stories before 1850 and books of instruction.
Click on the image to enjoy more of The Maypole.
Find out more about five fairy tales by clicking on the image below
Welcome to the new website of the Friends of the Osborne Collection. Explore what we do to support one of the best children's book collections in the world. Discover more about the treasures of the Toronto Public Library's Osborne Collection. Join us to get the latest updates.
All Toronto Public Library branches are currently closed to support efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus. We'll have more information soon about our regular fall events, the Pantazzi Lecture and the Stubbs lecture.
We look forward to seeing you when the libraries reopen.