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Thanks so much for your patience and help with this! It should finally be fixed :)
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Thanks so much for spotting this and taking the time to let us know! It's now corrected.
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Toronto Public Library has 170,000+ digitized photos, books, maps and more. You can search these historical items on our Digital Archive Ontario. No library card needed. We've transformed 40 Ontario-related items into colouring sheets. We hope you learn something new as you colour in history! Full colouring book Colouring pages... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Genealogists, either beginners or experienced, often know someone who served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command in the Second World War. This could be someone in their family or other circles. RAF personnel served as: pilots navigators flight engineers wireless operators bombardier/bomb aimers aerial gunners. Camp Borden recruit,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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This post reproduces the introductory panel and selected captions from the Toronto Revealed exhibit, which was on display in TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library from February 10 to April 22, 2018. The exhibit presents art that captures Toronto's quickly changing streetscape from the mid-twentieth century to the present day.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Your progress should save automatically as long as you use your same computer or phone to revisit them. Hope it works for you!
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Thank you for catching this mistake, Marcia! Fixed.
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Ci-dessous, l'exposition virtuelle de 114 histoires X 114 étages. L'exposition photographique originale à voir en personne avait été exposée à la Tour CN avant les fermetures mises en place afin d’aider à freiner la propagation du virus COVID-19. Intro Bienvenue à une célébration à 360 degrés des visages et des... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Below is the virtual exhibit of 114 Stories X 114 Storeys. The original, in-person photo exhibit had been on display in the CN Tower before closures to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Intro Welcome to a 360-degree celebration of Toronto’s changing faces and places. The 114 Stories... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
Hi Mir, more puzzles added :)
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So glad to hear, Christie. Just added 35 more!
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Good question! Jigsaw Explorer: https://jigsawexplorer.com/
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Did you know Toronto Public Library has a huge collection of digitized photos, books, maps and more? You'll find 170,000+ of these rare and historical items on our Digital Archive — no library card needed. We've transformed 70 digitized items into online jigsaw puzzles, drawing from our wide range of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Hi Laura. Thanks for reaching out! Feel free to use on social media and just link back to this post since it credits each creator :)
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Hi Gerhard! Thanks for reaching out. If you follow the links below each pair of posters, you'll find higher resolution versions of the posters. For the original posters, feel free to print them as they are public domain. For the remixes, it would be best to check with the respective creators. And as for our highest resolution images of the originals, I do not believe we currently have access to those files during closure -- though I will message you if I find out otherwise.
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Hi Jacqueline, thanks for reaching out. I'm sorry to let you know that the Instant Digital Cards that Toronto Public Library introduced last week (tpl.ca/digitalcard) only allow for access to ebooks and audiobooks -- and not databases like Ancestry. We know it's an imperfect solution. We are working on implementing online registration for a permanent TPL card. I know it's much less convenient, but you may want to explore Ancestry's two week free trail (making sure to cancel your membership before it auto-renews, if you would not like to keep the service). Or consider looking into the free genealogy tool, Family Search (note that you do not need to check the box upon sign up indicating that you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). All the best and take care.
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All the signs of support in our city during the pandemic have been truly inspiring. Also, they made me think of the many wartime posters held in our Baldwin Collection of Canadiana in Special Collections. Both today's signs and these vintage posters capture key moments in history. We turned to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Such an important, valid point. Part of the reason may be a lack of non-Eurocentric collections being preserved over the past 200-plus years. "Memory institutions" have large gaps in their collections related to historically marginalized groups, including Indigenous peoples. More and more work is being done to highlight diverse, inclusive histories and to decolonize collections — but it's definitely not where it needs to be. (At the end of the post, I've added a link that compiles Indigenous-focused educational resources, including lesson plans.)
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Thanks so much Richard for spotting this. I've updated it now.
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Hi Gail, sorry for the trouble. Try accessing from this link: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEDB0005&R=EDB0005 Select "Access Online." If you're not already signed into your TPL account, it should prompt you to input your library card number and PIN. And then that should lead to Ancestry Library Edition. If it's still not working, don't hesitate to email our customer support: answerline@tpl.ca Best of luck, and stay safe.
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Archives and museums not only preserve knowledge — they support learning. For example, Digital Archive Ontario — a database of 170,000+ historical items from Toronto Public Library — has sets of primary sources for educators (e.g. The War of 1812, Prohibition in Ontario, Canadian WWI Posters, Canadian WWII Posters). Below... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
Love seeing the stacks!
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This post reproduces parts of the exhibit, You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books For and About Young People with Disabilities. Below is the main wall-panel text from the exhibit, a small sample of exhibit items and one of the exhibit videos. You can also listen to a described audio tour on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2020 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This reproduces parts of the exhibit, For the Record: An Idea of the North (with a small sample of exhibit items). Below are the four main wall text panels from the exhibit. The exhibit was displayed in TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library from February 16 to April 28,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This post reproduces part of the exhibit, Alice Opens the Door. Below is the introductory wall panel from the exhibit (and a small sample of exhibit items). The exhibit was displayed in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library from February 16 to April 28, 2019. Many of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog