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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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This is the third part of a three-part blog on the Internet of Things (IoT). In the first post, I introduced the Internet of things (IoT) as the expansion of digital devices communicating with each other and discussed the first main factor enabling this: the improvement of standards and protocols... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Innovation Hubs
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Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, lecturer and activist. She spoke publicly in support of workers' rights, birth control, women's suffrage and people with disabilities. She was also: a graduate of Radcliffe College at Harvard University a member of the Socialist Party of America and one of the founders... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
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Jennifer Gaudette, one of our Career Coaches in Residence, shares her insights on how to make a career decision that's right for you. The Career Coaches in Residence program offers remote career and job search help for younger adults (18 to 29) from Feb 1, 2021 to Apr 9, 2021.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
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Fashion is a form of art that can express one’s emotions, culture and history. Making clothes incorporates aspects of creativity and attention to detail. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are being used to augment the creativity of artists and designers within the fashion industry. From generating outfits, to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at The Innovation Hubs
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Every year in February, we celebrate Black History Month in Canada. Black History Month was designed to: Highlight Black achievements Provide awareness of the African Diaspora Gain an understanding of the trailblazers who may have struggled to pave a better way for the future Honor historic members of the Black... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at New to Canada
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For many of us, there's something idyllic about gazing out the window with a cup of hot chocolate while the winter weather rages outside. But when it comes to kids, it usually doesn't take too long for a bad case of cabin fever to set in. So "weather" you like... Continue reading
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In this category, we celebrate books written by Indigenous women and Two-Spirit* Indigenous authors. Here are some recommendations from staff that fall under this fantastic grouping. * Two-Spirit refers to an Indigenous person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit. To learn more, visit the Re:searching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting shelves soon! Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. Ages 3-7. Little Bear is having difficulty understanding his friends... Continue reading
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Image by imgix from unsplash.com. This is the second part of a three-part blog on the Internet of Things (IoT). In the last post, I introduced the Internet of things (IoT) as the expansion of digital devices communicating with each other. I discussed the first main factor enabling this: the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at The Innovation Hubs
I read romance novels. There, I said it. And I'm not embarrassed about it either. Ok, I'm still a little embarrassed but I'm working on it. There's a lot of stigma around reading romance novels. Although there are some legitimate criticisms of the genre, like the lack of diverse representation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Are you curious to learn more about Indigenous issues in Canada? Do you enjoy documentaries? Check out these recommendations from our collection! All the documentaries listed below had at least one Indigenous person as a producer. Their nation is listed in brackets next to their name. Most of these documentaries... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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Caribbean-Canadian author Nalo Hopkinson has become the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, recognizing her lifetime achievement in science fiction and fantasy literature. She is the youngest person and the first woman of colour to win this award. Photo used with permission. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is voted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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So, you want to read a poem (and now you need to get to know 'em) Fabulous! It’s never too early to read poetry to your little ones. Not only is poetry for young children often entertaining, it can give children the words to describe their feelings. Children see themselves... Continue reading
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We've all spent time wondering what the future may bring, or what it may look like. It could be on a personal or professional level, or perhaps on the global scale. These books are just some of the many, many books out there that depict what the future could be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Only a decade ago, the number of devices connected to the internet was less than 1/7th of the world's total population. Today, there are three times that many devices connected to the internet or to each other. By and large, the now commonplace buzzphrase "the Internet of Things", IoT for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at The Innovation Hubs
And it's a wrap! 2020 has finally ended, and our 2021 TPL Reading Challenge is already underway. But, let's take a moment to look back at last year's Challenge. 331 participants filled out our year-end survey. Based on those results alone, over 3,900 books were read! Here are the 10... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Sometimes you are reading a book that you can sink your whole self into. You like the characters, the plot, the historical context and you don't want it to end. At the same time, you are anxiously reading to find out the end. I have mourned characters upon finishing, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Toronto Public Library continues to adapt library services to meet the needs of newcomers and all Torontonians during the pandemic. For newcomers, Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) continues to offer multilingual services online and over the phone. Through LSP, Toronto Public Library and seven local settlement agencies have been working together... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at New to Canada
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The literary world has lost yet another brilliant author: Eric Jerome Dickey. Mr. Dickey passed on January 3, 2021 in Los Angeles at the age of 59 due to cancer. He is survived by his four daughters. Author Eric Jerome Dickey signs books after his reading. Photo by domesticat, used... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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January 27 is Family Literacy Day, an initiative of ABC Life Literacy Canada, which celebrates families sharing the joy of reading and learning together. Here at the Toronto Public Library, we're celebrating by offering special online programs and suggested reads for the entire month of January. As a parent or... Continue reading
Hello Marilynne, I have edited your comment to remove your email from public display. I've forwarded your questions on to our Answerline department. They can be reached via the "Contact Us" link on our webpage. https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/contact/ Best wishes, Amy
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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some of our favourites for the closing year. We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. Illustrated by Michaela Goade. “Water is the first medicine,” a young girl is told as she rallies people together... Continue reading
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Five years ago on December 15, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released their full Final Report. The Report details the experiences of Indian Residential School survivors throughout Canada. The last Indian Residential School closed in 1996, after being open for over 160 years. Sharing these experiences with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Change can be healthy, even necessary at times. A change of pace; a change in scenery; the change you want to see in the world! You can change a tune; you can change a whole room. Let's celebrate the change of seasons this year by taking the opportunity to use... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at Arts & Culture
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Are you watching the latest episodes of The Crown? So much happens in this season! A royal wedding! Babies! Scandalous affairs! War! Tragedy! Even a new Prime Minister. These books will tell you more about the events covered in this season and about the real lives of the featured players.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books