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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 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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We invite you to visit the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, where there's something to enchant the child in everyone! This research collection of English-language children's books and book-related material began in 1949 with approximately 2,000 books, but has grown to over 90,000 items in four areas of concentration:... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Post by: Humberwood Branch Youth Advisory Group Teen volunteers at Humberwood Branch bonded by coming up with a list of local fast food recommendations. Our Youth Advisory Group was in a bit of a dilemma. Although we’ve been meeting since September, new members would hop in and out of the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TPL Teens
Avengers Endgame has to be one the greatest movies ever produced by Marvel. The Universes population cut in half and there seems to be way of ever undoing what Thanos has done. Even thinking about it sends butterflies to my stomach. Now, before I continue praising this movie you should... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at TPL Teens
Nowadays, a great deal of the media we consume has already existed in one form or another. You have probably noticed the recent influx of comic book-to-movie adaptations (see: Marvel and DC). What is probably seen or noticed less often is when video games are actually inspired by literary works.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Jonathan Locke Hart, a Canadian poet and literary scholar, is launching his new book, Unforgetting Private Charles Smith, at Ben McNally Books tonight. The book is based on a small diary that Hart came across in the Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections Department. Last week, Mr. Hart gave a sneak... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
We're celebrating Museum Month with the City of Toronto! On Walk-Up Weekdays in May, your library card gives you free admission Tuesdays through Thursdays to the City-owned and operated Toronto History Museums. These beautiful heritage spaces share Toronto's stories and tell our city’s history. The City of Toronto also celebrates... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at What's On at the Library
Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. We're hoping readers will explore a diversity of books with this challenge – so this month, we decided to ask staff about their favourite books for the category, "A book by an author from a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
On April 23, 57 new Canadians from 23 countries took the oath as part of a community citizenship ceremony at Toronto Reference Library. This event was made possible thanks to the partnership with Institute of Canadian Citizenship (ICC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This memorable milestone began with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at New to Canada
April 21st is the United Nation's World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID). It is a day designated to encourage creative thought and expression, as well as remembering innovations throughout our lifetime. Creativity is an important aspect of our society. It keeps us moving forward through new ideas and inventions that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at New to Canada
From April 22 to June 29, Toronto Public Library welcomes Broti Kar, our spring Environmentalist in Residence (EnvIR) presented as part of the Our Fragile Planet program series! Broti is an Ontario certified teacher and a graduate of the Environmental Studies program from York University. She has over six years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at What's On at the Library
Did you know that Toronto Public Library has art exhibit and public display space at 16 branches for you? Artists can submit their work for possible exhibition during the September 2019 to August 2020 season, until the submission deadline of April 26, 2019. A committee will consider works prepared for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Arts & Culture
We have 19 volunteers in our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) at Northern District, and most of us have joined in the past six months. It was a good way to get to know each other as we debated and negotiated to come up with these excellent recommendations. Our top book... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at TPL Teens
Toronto Argo Jim Dillard catches up on his reading, 1968. Toronto Star Photograph Archive. Unwinding, relieving stress and decompressing are essential to a happy and healthy life. We all have favourite books, movies and music which are like a comfortable blanket, familiar friend or pair of pajamas when we need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Youth Advisory Group volunteers at Fairview Branch brainstorm high school survival tips. Teen volunteers in the Fairview Branch Youth Advisory Group have some experience with making the best of high school and are offering their advice about how to get through the challenging parts. Here are their top 10 tips... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2019 at TPL Teens
Chaudière Falls and locks in 1925, Toronto Star Photograph Archive. As temperatures slowly rise through the month of March, the land wakes from its deep winter slumber. Ice cracks, slides, tumbles and splashes into flowing waters. In the photograph above — from Digital Archive Ontario, our website with thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
This spring, we're partnering with one of Toronto’s best-loved museums, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), to bring Torontonians a series of events (interviews, round-tables, film screenings, interactive presentations and more) which explore the ways in which modern industry is changing our lives. Using the AGO’s exhibition Impressionism in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at What's On at the Library
The library is a great place to hang out during March Break. This is Bloor/Gladstone branch. Teen volunteers in the Bloor/Gladstone branch Youth Advisory Group recently reflected on their favourite March Break moments from the past. They've made this list to give you some things to do, look forward to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at TPL Teens