The Thursday Book Beat: Toronto Public Library Celebrates 100th Branch
Read by Tim Sample, the story will be broadcast live simultaneously on CBS radio stations across America. It will be released a few days earlier as a CD audiobook and for digital download on June 30.
Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (“My Dad Was in the Jungle) is not only a story that encourages respect for the environment, but can also literally add to it—children can plant the book in soil and watch it grow into a tree of their own.
As someone who’s spent years in a country without public libraries, news like this always makes me happy. Libraries aren’t just book repositories, after all—they provide valuable services to the community at large, and provide learning opportunities that may not be available to everybody. I’m excited to see how this new addition to the city will help it grow.
TPL has offered a sneak peek of the branch:
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Though she doesn’t claim to be 100% sure, historian Dr. Susan Law cites five years of research as the basis for her naming the first Earl of Morley, John Parker, as the inspiration for Fitzwilliam Darcy. Parker was the husband to a friend of Jane Austen’s and seemingly moved in the same circles as the author.