Our guest speakers

We invite valuable scientists, writers, musicians and artists and organize discussion panels to introduce them to the Turkish society in Canada.


We frequently organize informational workshops and seminars with experts on various subjects such as finance, citizenship rights, education, raising children in a new country and the challenges facing immigrants.

Annual Canada Day Picnic

We offer our traditional picnic every year on July 1st.  Family and friends come together to have fun and celebrate Canada day.


Total number of books in our library


Visitiors joined our annual Canada Day picnic


Year Ankara Library was founded


Number of short stories written for our traditional competition


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Ankara Library is closed on public holidays.


1608 O’Connor Drive
Toronto, ON, Canada, M4B 3N5

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2024 Events

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day 2024

As part of this year’s celebration of National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23, we will be at the “International Children’s Day-Multicultural Dance and Art” festival organized by the Turkish Society of Canada with the contribution of the City of Toronto, and we will bring our children together with three esteemed authors.

İpek Ongun, Fatih Erdoğan and Defne Ongun Müminoğlu, distinguished authors in short stories and novels for children, will autograph their books for children attending the festival.

Please join us on April 14th in the section reserved for our library for a memorable event and proud celebration!

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024
Time: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto

Zeynep Ozbilen

23 Women write Stories That Make Us Who We Are  March 10, 2024

We introduced a new book titled “Bizi Biz Yapan Hikayeler” or “Stories That Make Us Who We Are”, containing 23 short stories written by 23 creative women. One of these women, whose journey of self-realization you will witness from their childhood into their youth and thereon to their adulthood, is the precious Seher Zeynep Arabacıoğlu Özbilen, who has been well known to the Canadian Turkish community for years.

Zeynep attended our event personally at our library in Toronto, and other women writers and Mr. Feridun Andaç, who made great contributions to the creation of this work, attended via zoom from Istanbul.

Fatih Erdogan

Invitation to the most beautiful profession in the world

Those who love to write, or those who say they can’t write at all, or those who don’t wait for the muse to come, or above all those who want to write for children, the most beautiful profession in the world…

We invite you to a Turkish workshop on “Writing for Children” by Mr. Fatih Erdoğan, translator, editor, academic and one of Turkey’s best known children’s book authors.The writing workshop takes place at Ankara library every Sunday between 1:00-3:00 starting on March 03, 2024.

Katherine Ward

Tea time with Katherine Ward – February 17, 2024

We had the pleasure to host Canadian author Katherine Ward at our library and learn more about the story in her book “Another Glass of Tea”. We had a lovely conversation about the impact of cultural differences between Canada and Türkiye from the eyes of a Canadian. While drinking our tea from traditional Turkish tea glasses, we listed to Katherine’s interesting experiences and how the seeds for unbreakable friendships were sown.

Esin Akalin

Dr. Esin Akalın book launch – February 07, 2024

We launched a book event with Dr. Esin Akalın to introduce her first novel “Valizimde İstanbul, Kısmetimde Toronto” which translates to “Istanbul in my suitcase, Toronto in my fortune”. While reading excerpts from her new book the author took us on an unforgettable life journey through her memories as an immigrant who was in love with the country she was born in but was able to turn the country she immigrated to into a source of happiness for herself, her family and her friends.

College and university application seminar – January 07, 2024

Canada education consultant Gülay Erdoğan Metivier (OCT) provided information to candidates who intend to apply to Canadian colleges and universities either from Canada or abroad, discussing admissions strategies and preparations to be completed ahead of time.

She gave detailed responses to questions from parents and students, emphasizing the importance of taking the right step at the right time for university and college admissions.


2023 Events

Looking back at 2023

The year 2023 was full of events and activities for Ankara Library thanks to the support of our community. We are looking forward to meet you again in one of our upcoming events next year. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year.

Turkish Bazaar – December 4, 5 & 6 2023

We organized our first “Turkish Bazaar”  at the Women’s Art Association of Canada in Toronto with the objective to introduce Turkish culture, handcrafts and art presented by Turkish people living in Canada.

Sinan Meydan

Program with Turkish author Sinan Meydan – November 25, 2023

Ankara Library hosted valuable researcher, historian, writer and journalist Sinan Meydan at Innis Town Hall as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Republic of Turkiye.

Art Show – 26 Mayıs – 3 Haziran

We organized an art exhibition at the Women’s Art Association with ten distinguished artists. We addressed our friends and sponsors who support Ankara Library and those who visited the exhibition with the universal language of art.

Besides, as Ankara Library we aim to introduce you to new writers in Canada and share their works with you. We see it as one of our duties to bring new authors together and introduce you to them. This is especially for prospective writers.In this context, we introduced Şenol Taşdelen’s first book, “Running in the Dark”, to you, our valued followers, on the last day of our Art Show event.

Khatera Tughra

Khatera Tughra “Efsun” book signing event Sunday, May 7

Despite being only at the age of 20, Khatera Tughra has already a background with years of successful involvement in NGO work. Khatera was born and raised in Afghanistan and is currently studying medicine at Ankara Gazi University. She has been selected as the “student of the year” and nominated as one of the “Top 10 most promising young people”.

Omur Kurt Tornoto'da 23 nisan senliginde kitap imzaliyor

April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children’s Day

Ömür Kurt signed his books at the table of Ankara Library for the benefit of children affected by the earthquake at the international children’s festival held in Nathan Philips Square on April 23.

Omur Kurt

The mansion that moved to save a tree branch – 22nd of April Banbury Community Center

In this special interview with Ömür Kurt, he explained to us the difficulties of dealing with technology in the digital age and how to overcome them.