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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Boards - 1970's

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Colour photograph of the Ajax Public Library's 60th Anniversary Memory Board - 1970's
1970s A Decade of Firsts

The ‘70s brought use of the metric system, the first permanent IMAX theatre (at Ontario Place), the opening of the CN Tower (the tallest free-standing building in the world) and the launch of communication satellites. The Canadian hockey team won the 1972 Summit Series against the Russians and the Toronto Blue Jays played their first major League Baseball game in 1977.

Historical Highlights

-In 1971 a teleprinter installed by Central Ontario Regional Library linked Ajax with similar machines in the other libraries in the Region
-The Ajax Historical Board formed in 1971 and decided to preserve on microfilm the local newspapers. It purchased the first microfilm reader in order to make microfilm usable by the public.
-In 1974 the Village Branch became a part of the Ajax Public Library.
-The Main Branch of the Library was expanded with an official opening on June 21, 1975.
-Paperbacks were introduced for children in 1976
-Raffi visited the Main Branch in 1977 and had 300 children join in his songs.
-Joanne Tate becomes Chief Librarian after the retirement of John Vickers in 1979

On the Silver Screen

The Godfather, The Sting, Taxi Driver, Saturday Night Fever, Superman

Bestsellers & Canadian Literature

Love story by Erich Segal
The Exorcist by William P. Blatty
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullogh
Trinity by Leon Uris
The Wars by Timothy Findley
The Diviners by Margaret Laurence

Vinyl Records

American Woman by The Guess Who
Hotel California by The Eagles
American Pie by Don McLean
Imagine by John Lennon
Stairway to heaven by Led Zeppelin

8 Track Tape

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

What’s Cooking in 1972?

Asparagus and Parmesan Quiche
One 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, baked
2 tsp Dijon mustard
12 asparagus spears, blanched and cut into 1-inch pieces
½ cup chopped cooked shrimp or crab
1/3 cup grated Canadian Parmesan cheese or ¾ cup shredded Canadian Cheddar Cheese
3 eggs
1 cup milk
¼ tsp pepper
Dash hot pepper sauce
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill or tarragon


1.Photo of Ground Level Library Expansion plan
Caption: Plan for Library Expansion
2.Photo in black & white of Man Branch Reference Room
Caption: Newly Expanded Reference Room
3.Photo in black & white of VLS at Seniors’ Residence
Caption: Virginia Wilson assists with Visiting Library Services in 1979.
4.Photo in black & white of music concert in Main Branch
Caption: Voices, Violas and Recorders, 1975
5.Photo in black & white of children’s program in Main Branch.
Caption: Programs were popular in the “pit”

Date of Original:
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October 2012
Personal Name(s):
Mackie, Colin Wilson, Virginia
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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 Boards - 1970's

Colour photograph of the Ajax Public Library's 60th Anniversary Memory Board - 1970's