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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Boards - 1990's

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Colour Photograph of the Ajax Public Library's 60th Anniversary Memory Board - 1990's
1990s Belt Tightening

An economic recession at the beginning of the decade led to moderation in spending and a return to comfort foods and cocooning at home. Consumers embraced recycling and environmental concerns. Internet usage rapidly increased over the decade. The Blue Jays won the World Series in both 1992 and 1993. In 1993 Canada elected the first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell. In 1999, Nunavut became Canada’s third territory.

Historical Highlights:

-Public Internet stations became a fixture in public libraries
-In 1991 the Village Branch celebrated its 100th anniversary
-In 1994 the McLean Branch Library opens as part of the new community centre. Both the library and centre are instant success stories!
-In 1994 inventory of the three branches included 130,000 books, movies, cassettes, compact discs and periodicals
-On March 1, 1995 the Friends of the Ajax Public Library officially formed. From day one the Friends support library initiatives but their biggest endeavor was the successful Million Dollar Campaign for a new Main Branch Library!
-Library hours are expanded to include service on Sundays during the school year.

On the Silver Screen

The Silence of the Lambs, Schindler’s List, The Lion King, Titanic, The English Patient.

Bestsellers & Canadian Literature

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
Dragon Tears by Dean Koontz
Jewels by Danielle Steele
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler

CDs (written on CD cases)

If I Had a Million Dollars by Bare Naked Ladies
Man I Fell Like a Woman by Shania Twain
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion

What’s Cooking in 1992?

Creamy Vegetable Lasagne

2 Tbsp each butter & all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1 tsp each salt, pepper and nutmeg
3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch spinach, stems cut off
1 lb lasagna noodles, cooked
1 zuccini, thinly sliced
1 tsp dried oregano
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


1.Photo collage of McLean Branch. One photo just before grand opening, one photo of crowds after opening.
Caption: (before opening photo) McLean Branch staff are ready to open the doors to the public. (crowds after opening) McLean Branch staff are over-whelmed by the response!
2.Photo of the new library van
Caption: The Friends of the Library donate a van for courier and Visiting Library Services, 1996
3.Photo of old vintage car outside of the Village Branch. Large ribbon on car reads “Happy 100th”
Caption: The Village Branch turns 100 in 1991
4.Photo of cake cutting at McLean opening
Caption: Mayor Witty, Joyce McLean, Bob Jeffery and Scott Crawford cut the cake!
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October 2012
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    Latitude: 43.85012 Longitude: -79.03288
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Ajax Public Library 60th Anniversary Memory Boards - 1990's

Colour Photograph of the Ajax Public Library's 60th Anniversary Memory Board - 1990's