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Dear Ms. DeBoer: I have sent you a private email but received no response. Do you have any idea when your grandmother was a resident of the Girls' Home? This would help to narrow the search. Hope to hear back from you. Kathryn
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Magnetic North: The Enduring Pull of the Arctic, is a unique and collaborative exhibit featuring TD Bank Group’s collection of contemporary Canadian art and Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections of Arctic art and writings. A blend of modern carvings and drawings with historical maps, illustrated texts and photographs highlight the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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On March 6th, 2014 the City of Toronto celebrates the 180th anniversary of its incorporation. Why not take a peek at how our city looked in its infancy. Here are a few images from the Canadian Historical Picture Collection in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre is now open to the public. The stunning rotunda on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library represents the jewel in the crown of the revitalization of the Library. Drop by to view the reading room, with its shelf lined mezzanine,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Get up close to the luscious gowns and fans designed for Shaw's latest production of Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde. The show closed on October 19th and Shaw's Design Director William Schmuck delivered the dresses this past Friday. With the help of his assistants, he created a display at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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From dresses with full skirts, puffed sleeves and tightly corseted bosom to the lean silhouette and high waist of the pre-war years, take a journey through time. In the Gallery on the 1st floor of the Toronto Reference Library, examine fashion plates depicting styles from a period of more than... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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An illustrated talk by John Carley and Mark Peck. Two local experts in ornithology, field birding, and conservation, speak about birding opportunities in Toronto, and touch on the wonder of it all. When: Wednesday, July 24th, 6:30 pm Where: Beeton Auditorium, TRL After the talk, there will be a tour... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection of The Toronto Public Library are pleased to present The 2013 Cameron Hollyer Memorial Lecture York University Professor Bernard Lightman will talk about Conan Doyle and the scientific naturalists. What did Arthur Conan Doyle think of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Have you visited the "Adventures with Sherlock Holmes" exhibition at the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery yet? The Toronto Public Library's Arthur Conan Doyle Collection has one of the world's largest collections of materials related to Sherlock Holmes, so don't miss this multi-media tribute to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Few literary characters have made as many appearances in film and illustration as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. From the silent era to the most recent adaptation starring Keira Knightley, generations of leading actresses have played her. Artists have made numerous visual renditions of her too: she appears in illustrated editions published... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Queen Victoria, age 77 Thursday, November 8th 6:30 pm Beeton Auditorium Barbara Rusch, founder of the Ephemera Society of Canada, will give an illustrated talk about Queen Victoria as one of the most successful brands in the history of marketing. Following the program, join the curators for a tour of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Arthur Conan Doyle's 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes are so full of ingenious plots and clever devices that many have had occasion to wonder how he came up with his ideas. A new item in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection sheds light on Arthur Conan Doyle's creative process, particularly in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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From: Reports relating to the royal entertainments of Her Majesty Queen Victoria...on Lord Mayor's Day 1837. London: Arthur Taylor, 1838. An exhibit of rare engravings, photographs, souvenirs and games from the library's Special Collections will run from September 22nd to December 2nd, 2012 at the TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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An exhibit of manuscripts and maps relating to the War of 1812 is currently on display on the 2nd floor of the Toronto Reference Library. The originals of all facsimiles in the display cases can be viewed in the Baldwin Room on the 4th floor of the Library. Map of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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On June 2nd, Queen Elizabeth marks the anniversary of her coronation and celebrates her sixtieth year as Queen of Great Britain, Canada, and other Commonwealth countries. For those interested in the lives of the royals and the spectacle of the coronation, the Toronto Reference Library has a collection of souvenir... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 p.m. Toronto Reference Library Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium Free admission Murder is nothing to have fun with...or is it? You can decide for yourself when you hear readings from the five books shortlisted for Canada’s newest literary award, the Bloody Words Mystery Conference Light Mystery Award.... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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We seem to hear of Sherlock Holmes everywhere these days. If you have been enjoying the wealth of recent movies, TV shows, books and graphic novels that give the Great Detective a 21st century spin, why not investigate how it all began? The Toronto Public Library's world-famous Arthur Conan Doyle... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Handwritten invitations to social events were used by the aristocracy in England and France during the 18th century. It is likely though that the invitation existed long before that. The 1700's were an era of exquisite penmanship, elaborate calligraphy and personalization…a less hurried time when invitations were handmade and hand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Before the widespread use of ballpoint pens, the fountain pen with its self-contained reservoir of ink, was the writing implement of choice. Blotting paper which soaked up excess ink on writing paper was a necessity of the desktop along with a bottle of ink or inkwell. Businesses, organizations and institutions... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The Special Collections Centre celebrates Christmases and New Years gone by, with an exhibit of seasonal ephemera. Highlights of the display are a greeting card from 1885 and a postcard from 1919. Here's a small taste of what is in the exhibit. The Library has historical collections of Christmas and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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If you are interested in Women's history and / or the Victorian era, don't miss the upcoming Thought Exchange program "Celebrated and Notorious Women of the Victorian Era." The 19th century was populated by a bevy of beautiful, dangerous and courageous women. From the exploits of Lily Langtry and the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The Toronto Reference Library houses the famous double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and a collection of water colours by William Pope. In the Special Collections Centre (4th floor), you will find other 19th century ornithology books with many beautiful coloured illustrations like the ones featured... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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James Esson was one of a small number of Canadian photographers to produce stereoscopic views, a popular format for photographs in the late 19th century. Here are some of his architectural stereo views of Toronto, currently on display in Special Collections. Can you guess where the following pictures were taken?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Local History & Genealogy
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September 5th will be celebrated as Labour Day across Canada. To commemorate this national holiday, the Special Collections Centre has arranged an exhibit of photographs and printed ephemera related to Ontario's labour history. Here's a sampling from the exhibit which can be viewed on the 4th floor of the Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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September 5th will be celebrated as Labour Day across Canada. To commemorate this national holiday, the Special Collections Centre has arranged an exhibit of photographs and printed ephemera related to Ontario's labour history. Here's a sampling from the exhibit which can be viewed on the 4th floor of the Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Local History & Genealogy