Children’s book creator Patricia Storms is Illustrator in Residence at Toronto Public Library

IBBY Canada program honours illustrator Joanne Fitzgerald

September 15, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IBBY Canada and the Toronto Public Library are pleased to announce that children’s book illustrator Patricia Storms is the 2014 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence. Patricia Storms’ residency will be at the Northern District Branch (Yonge & Eglinton) for the month of October. She will be hosting a series of workshops during the month.

Patricia Storms’ Illustrator in Residence schedule includes art activities for children’s class trips to the library, visits to high schools and colleges, and portfolio reviews with individual artists. The Northern District Branch art gallery will feature Patricia Storms’ and Joanne Fitzgerald’s concept sketches and original artwork.

The Illustrator in Residence Program is a collaboration between IBBY Canada and the family of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), honouring the memory of the award-winning illustrator whose books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes.

“We launched the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program at the Toronto Public Library in 2013, and are delighted to be back at Northern District Branch forour second year,” said Shannon Babcock, president of IBBY Canada. “The program is becoming a key event in the children’s book community.”

“We’re proud to offer this program with IBBY Canada. This is an opportunity for people to experience something new at the library, to connect with local artists and create something memorable,” said Anne Bailey, Acting City Librarian. “We look forward to seeing some of the wonderful portfolios.”

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Storms has illustrated and written children’s books such as The Pirate and the Penguin and Never Let You Go. She also works as a cartoonist and illustrator for magazines, newspapers and humour books.

ABOUT IBBY CANADA: IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (, founded in 1953, is an network of organizations in over 70 countries, committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada promotes quality French and English Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.

ABOUT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY: Toronto Public Library is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what’s happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.


Helena Aalto
Promotion Officer, IBBY Canada