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Just Getting Started

Edmonton Public Library's First 100 Years, 1913-2013

Todd Babiak

Canadian Studies, Language and Literature

Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780888647283
Pages: 360 Size: 6x9
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9780888647290
Pages: 360 Size: 6x9

"The contribution made by the Edmonton libraries to the sanity and support of the citizens cannot be estimated. No Annual Report can gauge things of this sort." -Annual Report of the Edmonton Public Library, 1931

The Edmonton Public Library turns 100 in 2013! Novelist, journalist, and Edmontonian Todd Babiak tells the story of EPL's birth and coming of age within the bustling narrative of the growth of city and province. Rich with anecdotes and historical photos, records of personal conversations, and tales of expeditions to branch libraries, Just Getting Started! immerses readers in a personal journey to the heart of culture in one of Canada's biggest cities. Babiak's history is one-of-a-kind; it reads like a novel, mirroring the institution it commemorates. Edmontonians, librarians, politicians, and historians may glimpse themselves within these pages; all will see how vital a successful public library is to reflecting the needs and aims of a diverse population.

Todd Babiak is a best-selling novelist, an award-winning screenwriter and journalist, a producer, a consultant, and a popular keynote speaker. He worked for the Edmonton Journal for several years and has published four novels: Choke Hold, (2000) The Garneau Block (2006), The Book of Stanley (2007), and Toby (2010). He lives in Edmonton.