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Hi Ruth: That's a great question. The OverDrive app is the original app and Libby is the newer version. Both give you access to the same OverDrive digital book collection, just in slightly different ways. Some people find Libby easier to sign up for and use, because it is better designed in many ways, except for one key area: it's not compatible with screen reader technology. So we generally recommend the OverDrive app to screen reader users and the Libby app to non-screen reader users. Hope this helps!
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These days, a lot of us are doing a lot more of our reading online. We wanted to provide some accessibility tips for folks who may be finding it hard to make the change from paper to digital books. We also wanted to let you know other ways that people... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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The annual Toronto Jazz Festival swings into town June 23 - July 2, 2017. Get in the mood with jazz from Naxos Music Library Jazz (a.k.a. Naxos Jazz). Just sign in with your valid Toronto Public Library card and PIN, and then enjoy the sweet sounds of jazz streamed directly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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In celebration of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival taking place May 13 and 14 at Toronto Reference Library, and as a Mother's Day tribute to moms everywhere (hi mom!), I offer you this list of mothers in graphic novels and memoirs. The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks for reading and commenting, Suzanne. I hope you enjoyed the show (pretty great plot twist at the end!), and that you enjoy the books too.
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Pop your popcorn, place your bets, alert the fashion police, and make room on your to-be-read pile: it's Oscar time again! Filmmakers have long found inspiration in books and this year's crop of Academy Award nominees is no exception. This year, 18 of the nominated films were adapted from books,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Buzz...About Books
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What's a celebration without music? Celebrate Black History Month with music by Black composers streamed directly to your computer or mobile device using Naxos Music Library. Check out these selections from their Black Composers Playlist: "Virginia Polka" from John Davis Plays Blind Tom. Thomas "Blind Tom" Bethune (1849-1908) was born... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks for reading the blog and suggesting a great book, brittany. DIRTY RIVER: A QUEER FEMME OF COLOR DREAMING HER WAY HOME is a funny, badass memoir about the experiences of the author -- poet and performer Leah Laksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a disabled queer woman of colour and abuse survivor -- leaving America for Canada with just two backpacks and finding a home in Toronto's queer punk scene. It's also one of the books on our list of recent and notable LGBTQ reads: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/books-video-music/books/booklists/booklist.jsp?listTitle=LGBTQ&listId=0AuWq260_K8h2dDJLaUw3QlpvLXozSk9zNkYtS2NmaWc&sheetId=ob9
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated around the world every year on December 3rd. This year, International Day of Persons with Disabilities coincides with the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention is designed to promote, protect and ensure... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
"lip wig!" Love it! Alas, it's true, I couldn't possibly mention all the moustachioed characters ever written - even if I knew who they all were. Thank you for adding Jim Qwilleran and his intuitive moustache to the list. For those who are wondering: it tingles whenever mystery is afoot! The first book in the series is THE CAT WHO COULD READ BACKWARDS, originally published in 1966: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Ntt=The+cat+who+could+read+backwards&view=grid&Erp=20
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It's almost the end of Movember, the annual November campaign from the Movember Foundation, when people around the world grow moustaches to help raise awareness and money for men's health issues. In celebration of Movember, and in appreciation of all you moustache aficionados out there, please enjoy this selection of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks for reading and commenting, donna. I'm glad you enjoyed this little reminder about JSTOR. It's easy to forget just how much the library has to offer because, well, there's just so much. I remember the first time I discovered JSTOR it almost blew my mind. And JSTOR is only one of many wonderfully rich, highly reputable, and potentially mind-blowing online resources you can access for free with your library card. There's also Lynda for video tutorials, Safari for tech ebooks and evideos, Zinio and Flipster for magazines...Criterion for film...
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So you have a research assignment and you have to find academic journal articles on your topic. Or maybe you've already graduated from your studies and you want to keep learning. Or perhaps you just have a hunger for knowledge and need to feed your mind. What should you do?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
I am always delighted to be able to make any sized contribution to the "to be read" piles of the world! Glad you enjoyed the post, Sephora - thanks for reading and commenting.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2016 on Books on Film at TIFF 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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Happy to do it, and happy you like it! Thanks for reading and commenting, Reagan.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2016 on Books on Film at TIFF 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
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The annual Toronto International Film Festival (a.k.a. TIFF) is on from September 8-18, 2016, and the city is buzzing with excitement about all the films, directors, and star power in town. Of course, like any self-respecting book lover, I'm excited about all the literary adaptations and other bookish films at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at The Buzz...About Books
Thanks Dawn -- I've updated the post to reflect this information.
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So you've written a book, and it's all ready to publish with Asquith Press, the library's book printing service. But have you thought about the cover? After all, as we all know, a book's cover is its most important part!* Learn how to make a simple book cover fit for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at The Innovation Hubs
Glad you enjoyed the post, Archana. Thanks for reading and commenting!
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Thanks for adding to the list, Sharon. I am delighted to know about Jean Pare publishing her own cookbook by her own self at the age of 54. Quite inspiring. For those who may be interested, the Library has four books in the "Company's Coming" series: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=4288495243
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I didn't realize how many there were either until I started looking into it. Then I found so many I had a hard time choosing which ones to include on this list!
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Have you ever thought about writing and publishing a book? Did you know you can self-publish your book at the library? Toronto Public Library's Asquith Press is a book printing service you can use to print high quality paperback books at a low price. Asquith Press is located in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at The Innovation Hubs
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On Saturday April 30, 2016, more than 800 Canadian authors will show their love for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers for the day. Visit an indie bookstore on Authors for Indies Day and you'll have the chance to meet and chat with local authors, find out what they're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
It's worth a lot. Thanks Brittany.
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Thank you for your suggestion, Tim. You're right: it's a lengthy blog post, and those can be a bit of a challenge to get through. I tried to give it some internal logic but I guess that alphabetical order can only do so much! I'll see what I can do next time.
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