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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 35 digitized items into online jigsaw puzzles, drawing from our wide range of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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
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This reproduces parts of the exhibit, Pathways: Following traces of Indigenous routes across Ontario (with a small sample of exhibit items). Below are the four main wall panels from the exhibit. The exhibit was displayed in TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library from August 18 to October 28, 2018.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This post reproduces parts of the exhibit, Plum Blossom from the Bitter Cold: Selections from the Chinese Canadian Archive. Below is the main wall text from the exhibit and a small sample of exhibit items. The exhibit was on display in TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library from August... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
A big omission, I concede. Any particular book you'd recommend?
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Toronto Star Photograph Archive, 1996. The Toronto Raptors made history in 2019. At Toronto Public Library, we love all things history. We preserve Toronto's history on a daily basis, including our sporting past. Even mascots can be part of that history. Enter official Raptors mascot, "The Raptor" — our lovable... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This post is part of Digital Literacy Week at Toronto Public Library, a week long celebration of Toronto's digital skills and technology capabilities. Below is a list of websites to help you find vintage images of Ontario. These images include photos as well as sketches, paintings, maps, postcards, posters and... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
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Below are eight bits of Ontario history preserved by Toronto Public Library, from a political ad to a fast food poster. These digitized items — and thousands more — are available on Digital Archive Ontario, a website for exploring historical photos, postcards, maps and books from across the province. (I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
Great breadth of titles here. But you missed one of my favourite movies of all time, Wall-E ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2019 on Speaking of Walls... at Arts & Culture
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Thank you, Chris. I always appreciate attention to semantics/grammar. I've revised the post.
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It's so easy for history like this to fade without photographs and other documents — thanks KFediw!
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“Men in a maze of wooden planks climb deep into the shattered light of blond wood. A man is an extension of hammer, drill, flame. Drill smoke in his hair. A cap falls into the valley, gloves are buried in stone dust."
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Great suggestion Randolph! Doug Taylor has written "Toronto Theatres and the Golden Age of the Silver Screen" and "Toronto's Local Movie Theatres of Yesteryear: Brought Back to Thrill You Again." Both available to borrow from the library.
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