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My friend Tom was wearing blue polka dot socks the other day and I thought to myself ... his hipster socks denote either the approach of the Apocalypse or the return of male dandy is upon us. The glimpse of a pale sliver of leg, somewhere between the color of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Arts & Culture
Back in May, we celebrated Museum Month with the City of Toronto by partnering to offer Walk-Up Weekdays. This popular program has now been extended until August 29, 2019. For Walk-Up Weekdays, your library card gives you free admission Tuesdays through Thursdays to the City-owned and operated Toronto History Museums.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at What's On at the Library
Are you participating in our reading challenge? So are library staff all across the city. Here are some of their recommendations for the category "A book you've always meant to read": Alice has always meant to read: Stiff by Mary Roach Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier Hunger: A... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
Stonewall: Celebrating 50 years of activism Another Pride week has come and gone in Toronto, and this year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the beginnings of the Gay Liberation Movement. For this special occasion, I decided to do some digging into the Toronto Star Photograph... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
Oh no! It’s over! June 29th marked the last day of my environmental residency term with the Toronto Public Library at the S. Walter Stewart Branch, and it is safe to say that this goodbye has not been an easy one. The staff at S. Walter Stewart welcomed me with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at What's On at the Library
I hate following instructions. When given an assignment to do, I usually find a way to do it that fulfills the spirit of the request but not the letter*. The 2019 Reading Challenge is a great opportunity to be a little rebellious and think about the categories in a creative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Youth Advisory Group volunteers attend a session on 3D Design at Leaside Branch. The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a group of teenagers who volunteer and attend meetings to discuss the development of teen spaces at the library. This blog post explains a little bit about what happens at Leaside... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at TPL Teens
Are you taking our 2019 Reading Challenge? So are library staff all across the city. They shared their suggestions for completing the Books by Canadian Award Winners and Books Set in Toronto categories. Marie's recommendations: Basic Black with Pearls by Helen Weinzweig The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky by Karen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Are you imagining feeling hot and bothered during July's sultry days to come? Why not join us for these free films during July at the Toronto Reference Library? We offer several different series as well as some individual films. They're generally shown in the 3rd floor Hinton Learning Centre. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
On Thursday, June 13, Adult Literacy Services launched a new commemorative compilation, Line By Line Sharing Ourselves & Our Stories. This book showcases work written by participants from 13 Literacy and Basic Skills programs in Toronto. Adult learners with varied literacy skill levels expressed themselves through short stories, life stories,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at What's On at the Library
June often marks the start of summer weather in Ontario, whether it's 2019 or 1919. Below is a sample of old — and not so old — summertime photos from Digital Archive Ontario (including digitized images from the library's Toronto Star Photograph Archive). They span several Ontario communities, all evoking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
Tansi (Cree)! Boozoo (Ojibway)! Alo (Michif)! Sago (Mohawk)! Ullaqut (Inuktitut)! Hello! For thousands of years, Indigenous Peoples have lived in the land that is known as Canada. Each group has its own distinct culture and history that is interwoven into this country. They include the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at New to Canada
What’s great about video games nowadays is that there's simply so many different ones already out on the market, covering a wide array of ideas and themes. It doesn’t matter who you are, you will almost always find something out there which aligns with your interests or piques your curiosity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
The library is a great place to study for exams. Pictured: Toronto Reference Library. Teen volunteer Ryan G. from the Leaside Branch Youth Advisory Group pulled together these top 10 tips to help you prepare for exams. Make an exam review and test yourself on the materials. By testing yourself... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at TPL Teens
Most people have cherished childhood books which inspired their imaginations and nurtured their love of reading. The same can be said about our favourite movies and music from our early years – they inspired or shocked us in ways that still influence us today. These memories help us grow and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Time flies when you’re having fun, especially inside the spaceship, a.k.a. the S. Walter Stewart Branch! If you have not had a chance to visit yet, you might not be aware that space travel and discovery inspired the architecture of the S. Walter Stewart building where I have been exploring... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at What's On at the Library
This post reproduces much of our Retro Futures exhibit, on display in TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library from May 18 to July 28, 2019. Take a nostalgic trip back to futures-that-might-have been as seen through the starry eyes of writers and illustrators. Each one of the exhibit's main... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Photo by The Creative Exchange on Unsplash Now that you know more about how to get your child (sorta) excited about chores, let's try to add some fun to your never ending list of housework. Why not start by singing a simple song (sung to the tune of "Here We... Continue reading
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 May 16, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog