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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Board 1960's

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Colour photograph of the Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Board 1960's
1960s A Decade of Change and Protest

In the home, the ‘60’s brought many new conveniences: dishwashers, electric can openers, coffee grinders, electric knives, Corningware with a “cornflower” pattern, Saran Wrap, Minute Rice, McCain’s frozen French Fries and freezer jam. Fondues were popular for entertaining. With nearly half of Canada’

Historical Highlights

- In 1960 the Library took over the second story of the building and opened a Boys and Girls Library.
- In 1960 the average annual cost of library service was $1.39 per resident from the Town’s taxes. Quite a bargain!
- On June 24, 1967 the new Ajax Public Library opened in the Municipal Complex at the corner of Harwood Avenue and King’s Crescent.
- 1968 saw the installation of a Xerox photocopier.
- An open-air reading court featuring attractive wrought iron furniture was installed in 1968.
- In May of 1969 the Library expanded to a 6 day service.
- Later that year large print books are added to the collections.

On the Silver Screen

Lawrence of Arabia, To kill a Mockingbird, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cleopatra, From Russia with Love, Camelot

Bestsellers & Canadian Literature

The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Vinyl Records

The Twist by Chubby Checker
Soldier Biy by The Shirelles
I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf

What’s Cooking in 1962?

French Onion Soup

4 to 5 large yellow onions ( about 1 ½ lbs)
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp butter
3 cans (10 ¾ size) beef broth, undiluted
¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
3 cups water
6 – 8 slices French bread
1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss Cheese

1. Black & white photo taken inside the second Ajax Public Library, first floor
Caption: Inside the Library, 1966

2. Photo in black & white of Man Branch adult area
Caption: Adults lounge in the new library 1967

3. Photo in black & white of John Vickers and Muriel Notman
Caption: John Vickers consults with Muriel Notman.

4. Photo in black & white of main branch reference room
Caption: Main Branch Reference Area, 1967
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October 2012
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Notman, Muriel Vickers, John
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Ajax Public Library
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.85012 Longitude: -79.03288
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Ajax Public Library
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55 Harwood Avenue S.
Ajax, Ontario
L1S 2H8

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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Board 1960's

Colour photograph of the Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Board 1960's