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Recapture that feeling at the annual Book and DVD Sale, November 23-25, 2017, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, South Chapter. Come buy gently used, very good condition gift books, cook books, children's books or previously viewed DVDs and DVD sets, CDs and LPs. It's a cash only sale... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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I just finished All Quiet on the Western Front and it's got me thinking about WWI. It's my first time reading it and I was deeply moved. I'm reading my own personal hardcover edition and find myself enjoying the aesthetic physical experience of reading this edition. The weight of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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The Toronto Reference Library is celebrating 40 years of public service November 2nd. "Metro Library is my perfection" Raymond Moriyama, original architect. "Wow this is a hommage to groovy 70s orange & brown curvilinear goodness" recent user. 1977 photograph second floor stairs - Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library The original Central... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Palmyra, Syria is a UNESCO world heritage site, and widely considered to be one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Beginning in 2015, large sections of Palmyra have been destroyed by ISIL. You may recall that the Taliban did something similar in Afghanistan when they destroyed the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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You may have noticed the malodorous scent of poop wafting in the City lately. It's been on the news and various theories are being put forward. My own first thoughts were as I biked around: I need to watch where I step I have a dog, why can't other dog... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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Toronto Public Library has vibrant programming at all of our branches. One of the more interesting, and ever changing, features of our programs is the "In Residence" series. They feature experts and members of the community connecting with the public and offering either one on one opportunities or more broadly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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You may already know that I love fireplaces. So, imagine my inexpressible joy when I came across the book Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. Filled with fantastic information and wonderful photographs, it's everything a firewood geek like me would ever want to know. And it's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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September 13th, 2017, marks the 52nd anniversary of the opening of Toronto’s "new" City Hall. The international architectural design competition for the building, which began in 1958, drew over 500 entrants. The winning design was awarded to Finnish architect, Viljo Gabriel Revell, who died in 1964. Revell would not live... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Arts & Culture
Hi - I will pass on your comments to the Friends. There's a lot of logistics involved in the sale - hundreds of boxes - many tables - etc - so realistically I'm not sure it could happen. Many local branches do have a book sale - and some save up material for larger sales so you may want to check that out too. Thanks Bill V.
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Hi - thanks for reading the blog and your kind comments about the sale. There is a lot of interesting items in it - at various prices. Book scouts are common at most sales - the joy of sellers - the bane of other buyers. I will pass on your comments to the Friends of the Library who run this sale ... make sure you check out the bookstore as well while you're here or another time (it's near the pond) - it has a great selection of stuff during the year too. Good luck with your purchases.
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These are mainly new books that folks have given to the Library - there will be some items that are withdrawn from the Library's collection.
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It's broadly arranged by subject - ie history, arts, literature, etc - there may be a biography area too - but I don't think there will be a separate memoir section (just btw I just finished reading Augusten Burroughs' Lust and Wonder which was pretty darned good ... and of course there's Pepys or Madame de Sévigné )
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No, sorry but there are literally thousands of books for sale.
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Do unclipped dust jackets on first edition hardcovers make your toes curl? If so, then you'll really enjoy the Treasures and Good Book Sale Sept 14-16, 2017, sponsored by The Friends of the Toronto Public Library, South Chapter. They've sorted, sifted and priced thousands of books in many categories like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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I blame my hippie-child older sister Mary for exposing me at an impressionable age to the flute. She owned Paul Horn's album Inside (later reissued as Inside the Taj Mahal) featuring him playing the flute inside the Taj and these amazing echoes. I listened to it over and over and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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Debo, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, died in 2014. Born Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford she lived the kind of life that is hard to imagine now. But Deborah Cavendish did her best to give us a glimpse behind the curtain. And there certainly has been much written by her and about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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I discovered hot yoga two years ago and haven't looked back since (the best present my husband ever bought me!). It's great for flexibility, toning and strength (I now have triceps) but also for mental calming. Why not browse among the 2000+ titles that TPL owns on yoga and see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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June 1st is Marilyn Monroe's birthday. There are countless biographies of her, but I wanted to focus on some of the portrait photography books about her. Life: The Loves of Marilyn looks at her romantic life but also at her photographic legacy through Life Magazine in the 1950s and 1960s.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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I was watching the documentary DVD Finding Vivian Maier the other day and thought what an extraordinary photographer she was. And I asked myself - would I have wanted her to be my nanny ... would I have wanted her to secretly take my photo on the streets of New... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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I remember my first library bosses, Linda S. and Linda K., and the boxes of matzah they would share with us during Passover. But it was my co-worker Marilyn M. who introduced me to the pleasures of home made matzah ball soup and gefilte fish. Ah food ... the great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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Please join us at Toronto Reference Library for a free showing of the documentary Lowdown Tracks, a panel discussion and performances by a couple of the musicians who appear in the film. This timely and relevant documentary highlights a pressing social issue in Toronto. Just today there's been a report... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Arts & Culture
No sorry NO textbooks at this sale.
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That would be best - they will sell plastic bags for 5 cents or LCBO bags for 1.00 but you can bring your own. There are also some boxes for bigger / heavier loads.
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The books are arranged broadly by subject -we believe there will be some cooking books (don't forget to check out the Friends bookstore for regular priced books on cooking as well - it's on the 1st floor near the TD Gallery)
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No sorry there are NO nursing books at this sale. Toronto Public Library does have nursing textbooks etc at many of it's branches including reference copies at the Toronto Reference Library 3rd floor Business, Science and Technology Dept. Here's a quick sample search on Canadian Nursing: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37906&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=1&Ntt=canadian+nursing
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