Branching Out

This is a love letter to the Toronto Public Library. 

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, ManDaniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

Illustration was an excuse to explore every corner of the city. 

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

The Riverdale Branch was one of the last libraries I drew. I was a seasoned library traveler by this point in the project.

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

It’s beautifully situated. The Don Valley is right behind it. I really feel like the Riverdale Branch is the gateway to downtown.

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

You cross over the bridge, and then you’re in a whole different area.

Daniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, ManDaniel Rotsztain, Urban Geographer, Riverdale Library, Toronto, Illustrations, Illustrator, Artist, Man

When I was drawing the Riverdale Branch, I was across the street at the bank. Lots of people came up to me, interested in what I was doing. They talked about their experiences with the Riverdale Branch.

The Urban Geographer-13

On that day, I spoke with a woman while I was drawing. The library was like a home for her. A safe space. You could see the glint in her eye when she told me. 

Thanks to Daniel, the Urban Geographer, for sharing his story. Check out All the Libraries Toronto to see his amazing illustrations. He drew every single one.

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