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Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary
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I created a new cocktail the other day and am calling it "The Librarian". To celebrate, here are cookbooks for cocktails and mocktails to help you cool off this summer. The Librarian is made with as much gin as you like, some traditional lemonade, and six mulberries that I took... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Arts & Culture
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“... a friend criticizes you to your face and praises you behind your back. And as experience says, a real friend is a friend in all seasons. The others are just summertime friends.” – Eduardo Galeano, Children of the Days In 2011, July 30 was declared the International Day of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Arts & Culture
The Booker Prize Longlist was announced on Monday, July 27. Three veteran writers have been nominated: Hilary Mantel, Colum McCann and Anne Tyler. The list also features eight debut novels by Diane Cook, Avni Doshi, Gabriel Krauze, Kiley Reid, Douglas Stuart, Brandon Taylor, Sophie Ward and C. Pam Zhang. Two... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
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There are tons of hidden treasures at the Toronto Public Library. Let’s go on a little virtual scavenger hunt on our website to learn something new about the library. Come along and browse different areas of our website with your family or students — you just might learn something new!... Continue reading
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Nothing says summer quite like the sounds, smells and, of course, tastes of a barbecue. Although our opportunities for social gatherings are restricted right now, you can still treat yourself and the people in your household to some good summertime eating. Whether you're a meat lover, a vegan or somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Right now, many people are feeling worried and anxious because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're learning to adapt to a "new normal" that's constantly changing. This guest post is by Dr. Katy Kamkar, PhD., C. Psych., Clinical Psychologist, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She offers some great... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Health and Wellness Blog
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Since September 2019, we have been working with Prosper Canada as a service development and delivery partner. This is part of the Prosperity Gateways: Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Toronto project, funded by Maytree and TD. This project employs a structured, human-centered consulting process over a 27-month period. We will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Business & Personal Finance
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It’s no secret that children are curious and have a desire to learn more about the world around them. Have you ever thought of your child as a young designer, inventor or engineer? Kids of all ages discover the world through keen observation and experimentation, testing their ideas and spotting... Continue reading
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As Toronto Public Library (TPL) moves into the next phase of re-opening, we continue to offer service to newcomers through Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). TPL and seven local settlement agencies work together to offer free one-on-one information and referral, as well as relevant programs for newcomers. LSP is funded by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at New to Canada
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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. As our branches are only gradually opening for holds pickups, all of these books we are recommending this month are available as ebooks. Posted on Behalf of Margaret Godden, Children's Selection Team Parker Looks Up: An... Continue reading
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Défi de lecture en français Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le lancement du site pour enfants du Club de lecture d’été TD (CLETD). Les enfants peuvent maintenant accéder à 26 titres en français sans listes d'attente ni restrictions en visitant cletd.ca! Vous pouvez également profiter des histoires et des ateliers en... Continue reading
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They say that reading is one of the best ways to build empathy and become a better person. When we have an insider's view of the narrator's thoughts, we get used to understanding the feelings of other people. So it stands to reason that stories with multiple narrators must build... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Fantasy, science fiction, dystopia and more, speculative fiction by Black writers covers the full spectrum of imagination. These works combine history, folklore, contemporary social issues and visions of a distant future. Staff from the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy have highlighted some of our favourite works by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Posted on behalf of the Children's Materials Selection Committee. We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. For this month, in light of current world events we have expanded our selection to include a wider range of books that are not necessarily recent but... Continue reading
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Alone but together. You might be hearing that phrase a lot these days. As we continue to practise physical distancing and do our best to stay at home, we're helping to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But we remain physically apart from most of our extended family and... Continue reading
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While the world is still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are embracing nature at home and locally more than ever before. This year, the Our Fragile Planet program series will begin offering online environmental protection and conservation programming, all for free. Join in on a conversation or workshop with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at What's On at the Library
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June is Indigenous History Month in Canada. In honour of this, we’ve compiled a short list of recommended Indigenous reads for kids! We All Count: Book of Ojibway Art (Ages 0-5) Written and illustrated by Jason Adair (Ojibway) This beautifully illustrated board book shares with children Ojibway art and culture,... Continue reading
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Are you missing attending live performances? As someone who likes a good mosh pit from time to time, I miss going to concerts with my friends. But we've all learned lately that "live" doesn't have to mean "in-person," and that living rooms and backyards work as performance stages in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at Arts & Culture
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This time of year is usually marked with large festivals and events celebrating Pride across our city. In light of the current pandemic, these festivities will look quite different this year, with a number of organizations creating unique and innovative ways to celebrate Pride in a virtual environment. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at What's On at the Library
Like so many of you, I am angered and saddened by the events that have transpired in the United States over the past several days. At the same time, we must recognize and acknowledge the inequities in our own communities... Continue reading
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If you are the parent of a young child, you may worry about how much time your child spends in front of a screen. This is especially true as we deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing. With schools shuttered until September and many of you working from... Continue reading
Hello Eric, Materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being checked in, and you will not be charged any fines during this period. If the materials are still showing on your account after June 1, please contact us via our Answerline service with your account details: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/contact/
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Hi John, The boxes opened at 9am today. You just beat us to it! Now that they're open at 17 branches, they'll remain open 24 hours a day. Thanks for checking in!
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With physical classrooms closed and students at home, parents are feeling the pressure to help their children learn. Parenting philosophies have changed over the centuries, but stressing about your child’s education is nothing new. Out of curiosity, I turned to our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books to explore some... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Arts & Culture
Hello Mary, Currently, this is featured on our homepage tpl.ca as part of Vickery's message and also in the Your library online section, "Curbside services are coming soon". I will forward your feedback about updating the Your Account messaging to include information about this new service. Thank you!
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