Marjorie Fleming

Friend to: Harleigh Knott

I was not a "mentee" of Marjorie's, just a friend. We had met a long time ago on a tour of Ireland and several times subsequently in London, where I was working at the time. We kept in touch over the years by correspondence, sharing our interest in travel, history, literature, music, and the arts.

I'm sure her knowledge and enthusiasm in these areas would have shone through her mentoring work during her library career and stimulated the same in her mentees--what greater legacy! May it continue to flourish.

I miss Marjorie's letters, but it is good to know that the Marjorie Fleming Fund will help carry on such a legacy.

Harleigh Knott


Mentor to: Murray and Lucy Browning

I first worked with Marjorie Fleming at the Gerrard/Ashdale branch of the Toronto Public Libraries in the very early fifties, learning how to introduce books to boys & girls, and how to schedule and prepare for classes, storytimes, etc. Marjorie always made time to talk about books, adult and children’s, yet maintained a sensible, calming attitude towards work and indeed, life in general.

It was with affection and a deep satisfaction that I later became one of her assistants at the George Locke branch where our two children spoke of her as “their librarian”.

Lucy Browning


Mentor to: Christina Duff Stewart

I first met Marjorie Fleming when I came to Canada in 1954 as an Intern at the TPL. She became my mentor and also my best friend until her death in 2002.

Marjorie was an excellent Children’s librarian and an exceptional mentor to the many students sent to her from library school and to those who became her assistants.

Her integrity, patience, and kindness, and her unwavering adherence to the highest standards encouraged her students and colleagues to “reach for the top”.

Christina Duff Stewart


Mentor to: Patricia Hall

Mentor to: R. Browning Watt

Mentor to: Heather Moore

Mentor to: Lynne Howarth