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Sonja Bata, elegant, sophisticated, passionate, knowledgeable, generous, shoe collector extraordinaire, astute in business matters and also a philanthropist has just died. Sonja Bata with Terry Fox sneaker, Toronto Star photo 1987 Swiss born she was married to Czech shoe magnate Tomas J Bat̕a. WWII and the post war communists forced... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Arts & Culture
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Behind every good event and program at the library, including the Open Mic at the Toronto Reference Library, is a staff person. My co-worker Will, who is both a librarian and a musician, is the driving force behind this series. He's brought his energy, passion and his skills (not to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Arts & Culture
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If you're interested in music (especially jazz and soul), you've likely heard of Nina Simone. Matt Galloway recently did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit where he mentioned her. I was reminded how much I admired her singing, passion and how she intimidated me too. You may also be familiar... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Arts & Culture
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Toronto is abuzz with the upcoming Yayoi Kusama show at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I happened to be at the AGO the other day and all the staff were busily peeling off the white backing from thousands of sheets of stickers. One of them fell into my wallet ...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Who among us hasn't accidentally eaten pot brownies while at work? You may have heard about the recent unfortunate incident with two local police officers who consumed some marijuana edibles? In case you are interested in cooking with pot(s) you may like these titles. Enjoy safely and responsibly and let... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Ingvar Kamprad, the thrifty Swedish businessman and founder of IKEA, has just died at the age of 91. You likely know the stories of his frugality, always flew coach, drove a Volvo, ate at the IKEA cafeteria and lived in a modest home. At the same time ... Bloomberg Billionaires... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Arts & Culture
Hi Carol, I'm very glad it made you laugh - that was my intent. Thanks for reading and also for taking the time to leave a comment. Bill
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2018 on Sh*t Happens: Swearing at Arts & Culture
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You've likely heard about the controversy going on now with President Donald Trump and his colourful choice of language (and possibly racist immigration policy). Personally, I don't see a lot of difference between shithole or shithouse, and they both seem a bit potty mouth to me. But there are a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Every year, we unpack the dancing Santa and I know it's going to be Christmas soon. I would imagine most folks who celebrate Christmas will have something similar that says -- hey it's that time! My family mementos got me thinking about Toronto's deep relationship with Santa Claus. Now, if... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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December 1 is World AIDS Day. According to the Canadian site CATIE, "World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus". Gay Pride Day celebrants line Yonge St. to support those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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Myseum of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have partnered up to present a musically delightful series of talks and music. The Sounds of Toronto: The Great Debate; One City, One Album If you had to pick just one album that captures the sound of Toronto, what would it be? Join... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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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 Nov 17, 2017 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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