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Thank you for sharing the poem, Fiona! It's perfect.
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That's a wonderful initiative, MP. Gathering outdoor to knit warm garments for those in need sounds very much in the spirit of the women's knitting circle shown in the blog.
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Bonus pattern! Thanks, Anne.
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That's very interesting, Victoria! As a librarian, I can appreciate a professional woman in a cardigan. ;) I hope you get some use out of the patterns.
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Thank you!
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Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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I did that very thing for mitts to use this winter! (But it didn’t feel appropriate to include my pampered texting mitts in this blog post. 🙂)
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Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive is a great way to explore books from the past. In previous posts, I looked at Canada's first cookbook and a 19th-century book on learning how to draw. For Remembrance Day, I decided to move forward in time to the First World War. I found... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Arts & Culture
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This is a very interesting behind the scenes look at preservation techniques!
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Have you ever wanted to learn to draw? Before you answer with "I can't even draw a straight line," let me assure you that drawing is a skill that anyone can learn. Portion of a frontispiece from A Catechism of Drawing (1818). The two things needed to learn to draw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Yes, I would, but I think I prefer lemon squares with a shortbread-style butter crust rather than the lard-based one I used here. That being said, I find it so interesting to experiment with the options. One of the things I like about the approach taken in these old cookbooks is that they encourage working with what you have. There are a lot of similar recipes that can be selected from based on whether you're short on butter, have a surfeit of eggs, etc. Thank you for your comment!
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Thank you, Jessica. I have never been a school librarian, but I have been both a children's librarian and a high school outreach librarian for Toronto Public Library. Our paths may not have crossed, but they have likely run parallel at times!
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With good behavior you might get let off after just 10 slices... A pint of yeast sounds like a lot, but those old yeast proportions don't map neatly onto what we have commercially available now. Another recipe I tried required a "gill" of yeast, but a packet of instant dry yeast did the trick. You could give it a try. Maybe you'll find yourself saying, "Please sir, I want some more!"
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I had already puzzled out the recipe and baked the pie when a coworker pointed out the more detailed 1972 recipe. Nothing like doing things the hard way. 😂 Thanks for the link!
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I agree that a larger family would have been good to have around to share the pie. That’s another thing they did well in the 1800s!
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I can also recommend the “Economical Fruit Cake” in the Dominion Cook Book! https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131055351217D&R=DC-37131055351217D
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No, I haven’t—but I’ll have a look! https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-37131055386056D&R=DC-37131055386056D
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Illustrations from The Cook Not Mad (1972 edition). Now that we're staying home due to COVID-19, I've seen many people baking bread and experimenting with their pantries. This modern pandemic seems to have brought us back to earlier times. In this spirit, I thought it'd be interesting to test a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Anyone who has explored Toronto Island beyond Centre Island's roller coasters and picnic facilities is likely to have been surprised and charmed by the residential areas on Wards and Algonquin Island. The history of the Island is the subject of a new documentary that covers everything from its geological origins... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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With the shelves of every branch stocked with books to fuel a desire for learning and self-improvement, the library is your go-to location for New Year's resolutions. In addition to the things you can check out at a branch or online, you can find inspiration for the new year in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Just in time for Canada 150, London fog meets maple leaf in Canada and Sherlock Holmes, a new publication by the Baker Street Irregulars. Edited by Ontarian Peter Calamai and Nova Scotian Mark Alberstat, this is an impressive collection of essays by Canadian writers and articles about Canadian connections to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Thanks for the thought Gary, but that would have to be a pretty big hat. The page sold for US$158,500!
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This week, a single sheet of Arthur Conan Doyle's manuscript for the Sherlock Holmes thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles will go up for sale at Christie's auction house with an estimated starting price of US$80,000. The actual sales price will likely exceed that by a significant amount. [Updated June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Have you visited the new Arthur Conan Doyle Room yet? This latest version of the Toronto Public Library's tribute to Sherlock Holmes and his creator opened to the public just two years ago. It's located in the Charles & Marilyn Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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