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In celebration of Family Literacy Month, Toronto Public Library has created a reading list with great recommended reads for your whole family to enjoy! Here is an in-depth look at five of these titles, and why we think they’d be great choice for you and your family. 1. My Heart... Continue reading
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Toronto Public Library is thrilled to launch our 2020 Reading Challenge. We hope everyone who participated in the 2019 challenge is rested and ready to get reading. This post considers what books to read for the category "a book that is older than you". My grandmother always said that it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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After watching Bong-Joon Ho’s award-winning Parasite (not yet available through the library) my boyfriend and I decided to check out some of his other films. First we watched The Host (2006) a horror movie about the horrendous results of human abuse of the environment, the film opens with an evil... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at Arts & Culture
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I love spotting trends in book titles. In the past few years, the word "party" was everywhere. You might think I have a very active social life from my 2019 reading list which included these books: The Party by Elizabeth Day All formats The Party by Robyn Harding All formats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Vintage Christmas Postcard circa 1910 - Loving Christmas wishes. The celebration of the Christmas season is filled with many traditions – some are unique to our individual families (Vachon Yule Log anyone?) and some, like festively decorated Christmas trees, are loved by many. At this time of year, not only... Continue reading
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If you believe what you read on the Internet (hmmm...), the CD is deader than Monty Python's parrot. It's an ex-medium! Bleedin' deceased! Pushing up the daisies! Gone to meet its Maker! Or, at least, as one commentator writes... the CD is entering its hospice stage. But, then again, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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The canon of rock books has thickened over the last decade. One of the reasons why I wrote my first book, On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock was because there were so few true books about the noisy trade, especially in Canada, where there were only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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Dawn of the DApps? In this day and age we all carry a smartphone with us that has some half-a-dozen or more applications with which you have an account. These applications have access to some of the data in your phone – say your contacts or photos – but also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash. Starting a business is hard work. Maintaining the business and growing it is even harder. Statistically 95% of small businesses fail and this is attributed mainly to lack of planning, experience and knowledge. As founders, it is our responsibility to take the necessary steps... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Business & Personal Finance
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Image by Prawny from pixabay.com The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. This was a milestone document proclaiming the rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of their background. Since then, Human Rights Day has been observed every... Continue reading
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December 6, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of the massacre and mass shooting leading to the deaths of 14 young women, mainly engineering students, at the Montréal École Polytechnique in 1989. Ten other women students were wounded, along with four men. It is the deadliest shooting in Canadian history. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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As the current Innovator in Residence, I’ve been running programming related to digital illustration at the Fort York Branch. With only a couple weeks left in my residency, I’ve now facilitated a variety of workshops and talks on subjects related to both illustration as a practice and illustration as an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2019 at The Innovation Hubs
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Recently, I came across the limitless possibilities of pattern design while playing with a photo of a painting I made in Adobe Photoshop. A tiny piece of an image can make countless unique variations. At the Digital Innovation Hub, you can even print your design in colour up to 11"x... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at The Innovation Hubs
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Musician in Residence Dave Bidini is hosting programs at Parkdale Branch, shown here, and Bloor/Gladstone this fall. There is probably no place in Toronto like the Parkdale library branch. As the library’s Musician in Residence, there is also nothing like doing a one-on-one session during which I provide guidance to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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Members of the Youth Advisory Group meeting at Barbara Frum branch. This fall, volunteers with some of our Youth Advisory Groups took part in a KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at TPL Teens
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I am always amazed that Scandinavian countries are consistently the happiest in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, especially considering that their winters have even less light than ours do here in Canada. Factors contributing to Scandinavian countries' happiness include social support and a healthy life expectancy, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Arts & Culture
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In 1944 members of The Vegetarian Society decided to establish a new group for people who did not consume any animal products and The Vegan Society was formed. World Vegan Day was first celebrated on November 1, 1994 and later evolved into World Vegan Week and finally World Vegan Month,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books