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For some lucky folks, summer means going to a cottage. We're fortunate my husband's cousins (Betty and Peter) generously let us use their cottage most summers. This year we did the hand off with everyone keeping six feet apart and also wearing masks. We generally give them two cases of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Arts & Culture
Since library branches are closed, and we're all staying home as much as we can, we want to make sure that you're stocked up with a wide variety of things to read and watch. My colleague Wendy has already written a great blog 38 Ways to Use the Library from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Arts & Culture
I'm a bit of a luddite and just got a personal phone. After lurking on Instagram I just joined and then kind of froze. After several weeks and a few posts I have two followers (thanks Mom and random Internet stranger) so I decided to do what every good librarian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2020 at Arts & Culture
I was watching Cabaret last night, and as always was blown away by Liza Mannelli and Joel Grey's performances and Bob Fosse's choreography. So I thought to myself as I was humming this song on the way to work, why not write a blog about money? The Ascent of Money:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2020 at Arts & Culture
Did you know the S. Walter Stewart Branch, built in 1960, is round – one of only four round libraries at the time? I work here, which is lovely by the way (come visit!), and my thoughts often turn to round things (such as cookies) and I thought it might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Arts & Culture
It's Movember and our thoughts turn to men's health, suicide prevention, the prostate and, of course, the penis. So ... if you've ever had burning questions here's your chance to delve into the meat and potatoes of this fascinating topic. The Penis Book: A Doctor's Complete Guide to the Penis--From... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Arts & Culture
Do you ever think about good luck? Good Luck vintage black cat silk postcard, WW1 era. I visited my Doctor this morning and spent a few minutes in the waiting room. After the visit, I left and got ready to bike to work and checked my bag and couldn't find... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Arts & Culture
It's the Labour Day long weekend and one's thoughts naturally turn to: Visiting The Canadian National Exhibition (Or, as we usually think of it, the CNE or The Ex). Going back to school (supplies and new corduroys!) Getting stuck in traffic jams to and from a cottage. Marching in or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Arts & Culture
Our lovely (and generous) cousins Betty and Peter have let us use their cottage up in the Kawarthas each summer for the last several years. We get a slice of paradise and they get two cases of wine – a win win if there ever was one. While it's the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Arts & Culture
Let's make beautiful music together ... or at least share lunch and listen to some. Come join us on Fridays for the Summer Music at the Library series, free weekly concerts from 12 - 1 pm in the Toronto Reference Library Atrium on the 1st Floor. These are done in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
The Toronto Reference Library is hosting two punk music programs and a photography exhibit during June and July. Join us for these free events to get a flavor of that intense and discordant musical flowering known as Punk: On the Edge of the World: Photos and Talk by Nick Smash... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
The recent Raptors playoffs got me very excited so I thought I would dip into the stacks of the Toronto Reference Library to see what I could find. One of the great things about working here is the depth, breadth and age of the collection. I hope you enjoy some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
I was at the Art Gallery of Ontario a short while ago and took this photo of a painting I liked but was new to their collection. It rang a faint bell. Ever since I've seen Vilhelm Hammershøi's name and paintings everywhere and I realized I was having a Baader-Meinhof... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Arts & Culture
This is my dog Rufus, and yes he's a good boy. He's also getting on in years and so every photo I take of him is somewhat bittersweet. I want to catch those special moments together and also have something that reflects his character. Did you know the Library has... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Arts & Culture
One of my colleagues has started growing succulents at her desk in a bunch of mini pots. They're very cool, but alas not edible, unlike these cupcakes below that I saw posted on Reddit, that are decorated to look like succulents. So, hold onto your baker's hat and gardening gloves,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Arts & Culture
According to the International Women's Day page on the Government of Canada website, March 8 is "a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality." This year I wanted to share a small personal sample of vintage photographs up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Arts & Culture
My delightful, hard working co-worker Drew and his charmingly lovely fiance Traci had a winter wedding recently. Not only does Drew work at the Toronto Reference Library, but he also got married here! Did you know you can rent out Library space for your wedding or other events? I crashed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Arts & Culture
For the Record: An Idea of the North is our newest exhibit in the TD Gallery on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library. This interactive mixed media exhibit focuses on the role of Soundsystems and DJs in the emergence of Toronto's hip hop music scene. The TD Gallery... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Amanda, glad you liked the blog post
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Like Beyonce, my co-worker Melanie has hot sauce in her bag. Melanie is very generous with hers, which I appreciate as I am both devoted to my condiments and like my food spicy. If you like your food flavorful, then you'll likely enjoy these hot titles – they will burn... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Arts & Culture
Digital Archive Ontario — a website by Toronto Public Library — is a treasure chest of interesting digitized maps, postcards, bird's-eye views, vintage photos, ephemera and older books. There are over 160,000 items and the collection is expanding daily. Hundreds of maps are available and I wanted to share a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
Since Ontario Place's future has been in the news lately, I thought, why not do a quick visual tour of its history? These photographs are from the Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive, courtesy of the Toronto Star Photograph Archives, which is housed at the Toronto Reference Library. The vintage postcards... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
If Martin Luther King hadn't been assassinated in 1968, then January 15 2019 would have been his 90th birthday. To honour his legacy I wanted to share some of his writings and speeches. How better to know a person than through their own words? 1968 Toronto Star Archives photo by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Arts & Culture
Whether you agree or don't agree with President Tr... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Arts & Culture
My very clever (and even more charming) colleague Wendy recently tweeted about a new book Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune. It has three subject headings: Envy Humiliation Pleasure Mr Schadenfreude (with a bow to Roger Hargreaves) copyright Creative Commons/Flickr dullhunk I'm not unfamiliar with word as my husband Richard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2018 at Arts & Culture