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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These are mainly new books that folks have given to the Library - there will be some items that are withdrawn from the Library's collection.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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So I spoke with the Friends today, and the non-fiction is arranged broadly by category/subject. Fiction is broken down into hardcover, trade paperback and pocket books, and also mysteries. Nothing is arranged alphabetically by author though.
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Unlike the Toronto housing market, the Friends' Clearance Book Sale has a lot of stock and we are still very affordable. Come buy something and help support the Library. Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter Clearance Book Sale March 16-18, 2017 (cash only) If you're at the Toronto Reference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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For International Women's Day, March 8, I want to share some photos and books about the roles women played during the World War II, focusing on Toronto and Canada. You maybe have watched the show Bomb Girls or read the book Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo? There is quite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Arts & Culture
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Did you know that African American abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass was the most photographed person in 19th century United States? He knew the power that his image would have as a free Black man who was educated, handsome, well-dressed and sophisticated (i.e., civilized) and equal to any white... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Arts & Culture
Diana Vreeland had the same thing done - but upped it a bit by having the shoes polished for years BEFORE she wore them... and she had the soles "painted black" after every use as well. "9. She had her custom-made shoes shined for years before she ever started wearing them. And once they entered her rotation, she had the leather and the soles shined every day." http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a893/diana-vreelands-secrets-0912/
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Elizabeth Taylor bought the Prince of Wales diamond brooch from the Wallis Simpson sale - it's #9 on this link (along with some of her other jewellery) - they say it's the 1st piece she bought for herself! http://theenchantedmanor.com/tag/elizabeth-taylors-purchase-of-the-prince-of-wales-brooch/
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Since my husband won't buy me a tiara, or in fact any jewellery, for Valentine's Day I will have to make do with either buying my own or looking at books. I am happy to report that Toronto Public Library owns more than one tiara book. If you know the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Arts & Culture