Our World Tuesday
My Corner of the World
June 2019 - Toronto ON
With a large bronze griffin, a mythological protector of treasures and priceless possessions, and a winged lion guard the arched entrance to the library, Lillian H. Smith is not your typical library. In fact, it has two exceptional world-class collections in rare children's books and science fiction.
Inside is a spacious cylindrical atrium ringed by a staircase.
Lillian Helena Smith (17 March 1887 — 5 January 1983) was the first British Empire children's librarian. During her career, Smith set up library spaces for children in Toronto schools. She also created a children's literature library classification that was used in Toronto libraries until the late 1970s. The Lillian H. Smith Toronto Public Library branch was posthumously named and opened after Smith in 1995.