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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Whether you agree or don't agree with President Tr... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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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
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You would be pardoned for thinking the numbers in the blog title were related to the Kabbalah. But ... in fact they're part of the promotion for the 2019 MYTORONTO calendar that Ve'ahavta has brought together with members of the local community. You can support the photographers by buying calendars... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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You've likely heard about the new $10 dollar bill featuring entrepreneur Viola Desmond, the black Canadian woman from Nova Scotia who was a Canadian civil-rights pioneer and challenged race-based segregated seating at a cinema in 1949. She will be the first non-royal woman and black person featured on regular Canadian... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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When I first saw this vintage photograph of a young black woman, circa 1890s, by Florida photographer Alvan S. Harper, it spoke to me of middle class aspirations, beauty, elegance, self-confidence, propriety and ... a fine sense of hat fashion. The simplicity of the dress versus the exuberance of that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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I knew podcasts had hit the mainstream when I called my mom one day and asked "how are things going" and she responded "I'm listening to a podcast." If you're interested in knowing a bit more about podcasts and also podcasting (tap into that inner creativity!) then Toronto Public Library... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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As we approach Labour Day it's fitting to honour and celebrate the life of labour and civil rights activist Bromley Armstrong who died recently. 1992 Toronto Star Archives photo of Bromley Armstrong Armstrong was born in Jamaica and came to Canada in 1947 when he was 19 years old. He... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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I don't think it's blasphemy to say I first knew Aretha Franklin from the John Belushi cult film the Blues Brothers and her number in that film. Maybe because my family owned a greasy spoon type restaurant that it rang true to my lived experience of strong waitresses, dirty aprons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that librarians are not only good looking but also renowned for their style and fashion sense. So . . . it makes sense that during September our tie in to the Toronto Fashion Week is a great line up of programs. Fashion Meets Technology:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This is my dog Rufus and yes, he's a good boy! Dogs bring a lot of joy into the lives of their human ball throwing, treat giving, neck scratching servants. So I thought to myself, why not share some interesting dog reads during the dog days of summer? Travels with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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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 noon - 1pm in the Toronto Reference Library Atrium on the main floor. If you're interested in music,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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It's almost July, school is out, heat alerts are happening, summer vacations are approaching and there are too many darn noisy outdoor bar and cafe patios around. Why not come indoors into the Library where it's cool and enjoy some interesting arts programming? We've got the architectural history of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Last week I wrote a blog about resources for those left behind after a suicide, prompted by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. In the media coverage afterwards, an article and then interview by Kirsten Powers of CNN really seemed powerful and hopeful. She talked about her own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have highlighted one of society's unspoken secrets. The back-to-back deaths of these two well known cultural figures is helping shine a bright light on suicide and by doing so, hopefully taking away some of the judgement, stigma and shame. At the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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It's June, and while the weather is lovely outside, so are allergies, mosquitoes, ticks, poison ivy and stinging nettle, so why not come into the library where it's air conditioned and enjoy some interesting arts programming? The Hip: More than a Band Acclaimed musical journalist Michael Barclay on the first... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog