100 Branches – Run #2 Recap

Sunday, July 10: For my second library run, I went out west to Etobicoke. It was a quiet, calm morning and I felt relaxed. I planned out a pretty simple route. My first run reminded me that running somewhere unfamiliar can be tough, as you spend a lot of time wayfinding. The scenic route is nice, but it can get annoying to check a map every 5 minutes.

This was a shorter mileage week, but my training plan called for the long run to be done at race pace. I hit my target for the first 5 miles, but slowed down a bit after that. I feel good about it though – still lots of time to work on pace.

My run began at the Alderwood branch, a newer branch that opened in its current location in 1999.
I went south on Brown’s Line and then east on Lake Shore Boulevard. The next stop was Long Branch, which opened in 1955. I was instantly drawn to the carving of the reader in the archway. And the sign typography? Swoon!

Long Branch
I also noticed this raised garden bed, which is part of the GARDENS Pod Project. Their goal is to create community gardens to supply food to people in need. I love that the Toronto Public Library connects with community groups – yet another way they help sustain Toronto!

The next stop was the New Toronto branch. The branch has been around since the 1920s, but this swanky, award-winning building opened in 1994.

New Toronto
I went north on Royal York Road, then east on Stanley Avenue to the Mimico Centennial branch.

The original Mimico building was one of the TPL’s Carnegie buildings, but was demolished and replaced by the new Mimico Centennial Library in 1966. (Ten libraries that are now part of the TPL opened in Toronto between 1907 and 1916 thanks to philanthropic grants from Andrew Carnegie. Seven of the ten original buildings are still standing. You’ll see one in my run #3 recap!)

I was happy to stop and take a moment to enjoy the Reading Garden. I loved the sculpture and the window display.

I couldn’t stay too long – two more branches to visit! I made my way back to Lake Shore Boulevard, then went north on Park Lawn Road to the Humber Bay branch. Again, some great typography on the building sign. This branch opened in 1951.


My last stop was Brentwood. I went north on Prince Edward Drive up to Bloor – the Kingsway. This branch originally opened in 1955, but had a big makeover in 2010.

This was a great run! Everything went smoothly, I enjoyed seeing this part of town, and I loved the variety of library branches in the area.

Library Run #2

Distance: 12.6 km
Branches visited: 6
Total branches visited: 12/100

As a reminder, I’m running to all 100 branches of the Toronto Public Library on training runs for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16. Please check out my fundraising page for the Toronto Public Library Foundation!


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