Visible from the windows of the Children's Department at the Victoria Avenue Library is a small natural woodland enclosure. If you look closely you can see small garden animals sculpted in limestone creeping to the edge of the forest to listen to a large story-telling bear.
Torontonian E. B. Cox, considered one of Canada's foremost sculptors in stone, was commissioned in 1974 to provide this feature.
"Story-Time Bear", as he is affectionately known to staff and the public, stands about 3 feet high and faces the wooded enclosure where he constantly beckons the animals to come and listen. In September of 2009 the bear was moved into the garden to join his fellow creatures.
The "Children's Woodland Garden" was a gift to the Niagara Falls Public Library from Mr. Bruce Leslie and Mrs. Wyn Leslie in 1974. The garden was renovated and renewed in 2002 by Mr. George Dalby in memory of his wife Winnifred Dalby, a long-time member of the library staff.