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Gallery and Exhibits Curator - Toronto Reference Library
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Happy 50th birthday to TPL's fantastical Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy! Originally called the Spaced Out Library, it was founded in 1970 with the donation of 5,000 books from science fiction writer and editor Judith Merril. The Merril Collection has become a beloved part of the speculative... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
Thanks for your comment, Cliff. I'm so glad you enjoyed the list. I've shared your comment and the poster with Merril staff.
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Did you know Toronto Public Library has a huge collection of digitized books and ephemera, including commercial catalogues and greeting cards? You'll find 170,000+ of these rare and historical items on our Digital Archive — no library card needed. It is an incredible resource for artists, designers and DIYers looking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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In 1970, science-fiction author and editor Judith Merril donated 5,000 books to Toronto Public Library to found the “Spaced Out Library”. 50 years later, the collection — now known as the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy — has over 80,000 items and is celebrated as one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
Thanks for your comment, S. I'm glad to hear you see the collection as something to be proud of in spite of the name change. "A rose by any other name..."
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Glad to hear it, Myrna! I really love the photorealistic detail in Alison Fleming's paintings.
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The year 2020 will go down in history for many reasons. It also happens to be a major milestone for Toronto Public Library's most far-out collection. In 1970, science-fiction author and editor Judith Merril donated 5,000 books to TPL to found the "Spaced Out Library." Now known as the Merril... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Children's book lovers of all ages take note! Our new exhibit, I Am Canada: Celebrating Canadian Picture Book Art, opens this Saturday, November 11 in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. As always, admission is free and the gallery is open to the public during regular library hours.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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You don't have to be a detective to deduce that our exhibit, Pop Sherlock, is ending soon! You have until Sunday, October 22 to see it at the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. Admission is always free and the exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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With the Mid-Autumn festival fast approaching, peo... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing -- and with BBC's Sherlock aka Benedict Cumberbatch in town -- it seems only appropriate to take a look back at how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, became one of the most iconic and most often adapted fictional character... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks for the suggestion, Leon! As you can imagine it is difficult to cover the myriad of fascinating offshoots in the Sherlockian universe in one exhibit. Laurie King's wonderful series (available in the TPL catalogue) is a great example. The Beekeeper's Apprentice was one of the titles featured in our "Pop Sherlock: Choose Your Adventure" touchscreen interactive inside the gallery.
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I'm so glad you are excited for the exhibit, Elsa! Here's hoping a certain BBC star also stops by to see it while he is in town for TIFF ;)
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Our new exhibit, Pop Sherlock, opens this Saturday, August 19 in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library. As always, admission is free and the gallery is open to the public during regular library hours. It runs until October 22, 2017. A deerstalker hat, a pipe and a magnifying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Destination Canada, our free exhibit exploring stories of migration and belonging, is ending soon! You have until Sunday, July 30 to see it at the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. Admission is free and you can visit anytime during regular library hours. Our last guided tour of the exhibit is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks Linda! So glad to hear you enjoyed the Destination Canada exhibit.
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Manuscripts are handwritten documents that record the public and private lives and stories of individuals, families and institutions. These first-hand accounts include letters, diaries, account books, maps, scrapbooks and other unpublished documents. They are written in ink, pencil, some are typewritten and some include hand-drawn diagrams and depictions. Among the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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World Refugee Day is marked each year on June 20. This day encourages us to focus on the causes that displace people all over the world, to reflect on Canada's role in helping those seeking refuge, and to celebrate the contributions that refugees have made and continue to make to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Have you had a chance to visit our current exhibit, Destination Canada, on display in the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery? The exhibit explores personal experiences of migration, arrival and finding a place of belonging from early settlement to present day. We hope that the exhibit encourages visitors to think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Crowds outside Canadian Immigration Office in London, England, 1956. Photo by Rosemary Gilliat. Canada. Dept. of Manpower and Immigration / Library and Archives Canada / PA-181010 Opening this Saturday, May 20, our new exhibit Destination Canada explores personal stories and individual circumstances that have shaped newcomer experiences over time: the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This weekend will be your last chance to visit our free Vice & Virtue exhibit on display at the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery. The exhibit runs until April 30, 2017. Vice & Virtue examines a period of moral reform in "Toronto the Good" as it faced rapid growth and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Hieroglyphics [‘Ancient Worlds and their Stories: Wielders of Wonders’.] created by TPL librarian Steven Shubert Toronto Public Library’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books presents a new exhibit Ancient Worlds and their Stories: Wielders of Wonders at the Lillian H. Smith branch. The exhibit showcases how ancient civilizations and their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Hi Meph, A number of historians have written about the racial dimensions of early 20th century white slavery narratives [ie. how accounts villainized recent immigrants, particularly Black and Chinese men, and how campaigns were linked with building support for discriminatory immigration policies and racial "purity" ideologies]. Based on reading a number of primary and secondary accounts, I found that the term "racist" was appropriate, given that an established definition is "racial prejudice or discrimination." https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism If you are interested in reading more about the topic on your own, here are some relevant resources from our collection: The age of light, soap, and water : moral reform in English Canada, 1885-1925 http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM818927&R=818927 Making good : law and moral regulation in Canada, 1867-1939 http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM858926&R=858926 Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3103872&R=3103872 Canada the Good: A Short History of Vice since 1500 http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM3117491&R=3117491 Trafficking and prostitution reconsidered : new perspectives on migration, sex work, and human rights http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM2863400&R=2863400
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Thanks Dave. Typo has been fixed.
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“Houses of ill-fame in Toronto? Certainly not. The whole city is an immense house of ill-fame….” ̶ C.S. Clark, Of Toronto the Good: A Social Study: The Queen City of Canada as it is, 1898 Join us at the Toronto Reference Library on Monday, March 6 for a free lecture... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog