Tracy Moore of Cityline and Melanie Ng of CityNews host The Book Lover’s Ball, a night of literary fun and fashion in support of Toronto’s Public Library. Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York. Voted one of Toronto’s best fundraisers.
“It’s a natural fit,” said Ford, who credited his brother Doug with the inspiration for the scheme. “I mean, the only difference between a library and a Tim Hortons is the coffee. You’ve basically got a lot of lowlifes sitting around effing the dog all day.”
“Mind you, the coffee might actually make libraries worth the trip,” added Doug, who will be quitting his position as a city councillor to take up a senior management position with Tim Hortons. “From where I’m sitting, Roll Up The Rim has done a lot more for literacy than any commie-pinko novelist ever has.”
Tim Hortons president Paul House says he has big plans for Toronto’s libraries, including a massive sell-off of old inventory to make room for retail space.
“We just want to even the balance a bit,” said House. “At the end of the day, your average Joe isn’t going to miss Plato or Joyce or any of those guys. But don’t take away his double-double!”
Tim Hortons founder Tim Horton could not be reached for comment.
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Join Judy Fong Bates, Antanas Sileika and Nino Ricci for “Between Two Worlds,” a discussion of identity and culture held in conjunction with the Toronto Public Library’s selection of Judy Fong Bates’s Midnight at the Dragon Cafe as Toronto’s 2011 One Book.
Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 7 PM at the Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Avenue, Toronto, just north of Bloor Street and just west of Bathurst Station. Tel. (416) 393-7680. Hosted by RoseMarie Spearpoint, Branch Head of Palmerston Library, and moderated by Anne Marie Mediwake.