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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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Welcome to the Library! Bienvenido a la Biblioteca! Spanish is one of the most popular languages worldwide. It is most commonly spoken in Central and South America in countries like Mexico, Cuba, and Colombia. Like any language, Spanish has many different dialects depending on the country and region. Toronto Public... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at New to Canada
This year's winner of the prestigious Booker Prize is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, a novel about a child growing up in poverty in Glasgow during the Thatcher era. Shuggie is the youngest child in the Bain family and the reader witnesses his mother Agnes' descent into alcoholism, accompanied by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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By Tawny Autumn, TPL's 2020 Entrepreneur in Residence. As an Online Startup, it's important to appear credible to a customer. The majority of online shoppers research their product online before purchasing. A website and social media presence are essential to your credibility. Be sure to populate those platforms with good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Business & Personal Finance
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In celebration of Kamala Harris' historic achievement as the first woman elected to the Vice Presidency of the United States, we are sharing inspiring books featuring trailblazing women this month. Posted on behalf of the Children's Selection Team. Canadian Women Now and Then: More than 100 Stories of Fearless Trailblazers... Continue reading
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Louis Riel is one of Canada’s most controversial famous historical figures. Métis of the Red River in Manitoba, Louis Riel was a rebel, a politician, a poet or a hero, depending on who you asked. We celebrate Louis Riel on November 16 every year to honour and mourn our Métis... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Edward Gorey (1925–2000) was an artist, writer, designer and eccentric. Dubbed the "the granddaddy of Goth," Gorey’s work continues to influence and inspire readers. The Gashlycrumb Tinies (1997) by Edward Gorey. Our Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books at Lillian H. Smith Branch has an extensive collection of Edward Gorey... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Arts & Culture
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Do you believe everything you read or see online? No, of course not. The world is full of all sorts of media messages and not all of them are truthful. Some types of media entertain, some inform, others sell and there are many that do all three. But have you... Continue reading
The winner of this year's Scotiabank Giller prize was announced last night at a pandemic appropriate gala. How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa is this year's recipient of the $100, 000 prize. Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp and came to Canada when she was 1 year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Many of us honour our veterans on Remembrance Day. But did you know that there is a day to honour Indigenous veterans? National Aboriginal Veterans Day honours First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals who have served in the air force, navy, or army. National Aboriginal Veterans Day began in 1994,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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What does it mean for something to be accessible? Accessibility is a difficult term to define; it can mean different things to different people. Even the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) does not define the term. To better understand the concept myself, I had the great pleasure of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at What's On at the Library
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Math can be super stressful for kids, parents and teachers. Even as an adult, feeling like you can't do math leads to a lack of confidence and a feeling of hopelessness. But you don't have to be a math genius to inspire one! Brainfuse is an online homework help service,... Continue reading
The Toronto Book Awards were founded in 1974 to honour books that best represent the city. The finalists for the 2020 award were announced on November 3. It's a wonderful list with fiction and non-fiction titles represented. Dancing After TEN: A Graphic Memoir by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber Frying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Treaties Recognition Week began in 2016, as a way to show continued relevance of treaties in our lives. It is the first week in November each year. Much of Canada exists under treaty agreements for shared use of the land between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Treaties "define ongoing rights and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at What's On at the Library
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We’ve learned a lot of new buzzwords in 2020 thanks to COVID-19. Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Herd immunity. Here’s another that you may not have heard yet — Infodemic. That’s what the World Health Organization called all the misinformation about COVID-19. Misinformation is another word you may not know,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at TPL Teens
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Bullying is a thing of childhood. Something you do or that is done to you when you are a kid. But then you grow up and move on. Right? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, bullying is the "abuse or mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc.". Nowhere... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2020 at Business & Personal Finance
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Are you a fan of classic film? Many classic films from the Criterion Collection are available through Toronto Public Library. Some are also available to be streamed on Kanopy, one of our digital collections. The Criterion Collection started in 1984. Since then, they have been at the forefront of releasing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Arts & Culture
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When the TPL Reading Challenge staff team finalized the 2020 categories last year, we had no idea current events would be... what's the word?... unprecedented. So much has happened this year. Here are some recent topics we've been reading about. Rising Strong by Brené Brown 2020 has been a challenge... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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L'exposition 114 histoires x 114 étages présente les diverses cultures et communautés de notre ville à travers des anecdotes et des images de lieux emblématiques de Toronto, visibles depuis les niveaux d'observation de la Tour CN. Pour l’Halloween, la Tour CN et The Haunted Walk of Toronto ont fait équipe... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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The 114 Stories / 114 Storeys exhibit showcases our city’s diverse cultures and communities through stories and images of famous Toronto sites, visible from the CN Tower's observation levels. In the spirit of Halloween, the CN Tower and The Haunted Walk of Toronto partnered to share some of the city’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Starting a business requires a lot of hard work. Not everything will work out as planned or on time. Setbacks are inevitable, and resilience is key. To help set you up for success, we have five online course recommendations. All of these courses are free with your library card, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Business & Personal Finance
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A few years back, I attended a library training program and one of the presenters mentioned the idea of using virtual reality (VR) for surgery simulation. This idea has never left me. Doctors can use VR (essentially video game technology) to simulate real-life surgery. They can use this tool to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at The Innovation Hubs
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Market research forms a core component of planning for a small business. Is there demand for my product? Who are the competitors? How can I differentiate myself from them? How can I cater my product to the right audience? Entrepreneurs who are passionate about their industry or sector have strong... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2020 at Business & Personal Finance
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It’s been two years since marijuana was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. This changed the course of the small town of Smiths Falls, home to a significant pot-producing factory in Canada. So how did my hometown (hi, Mum and Dad!) get to where it is today? To find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at Local History & Genealogy
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Dystopian books, both classic and temporary, are interesting yet terrifying reads. This is because they often depict a future that feels like it could plausibly occur. While most are science fiction or fantasy and take place in futuristic society, there is no shortage of selection for dystopian or utopian reads... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. All of these books we are recommending this month have recently been made available as ebooks as well. Posted on behalf of the Children's Selection Team. Give Me Back My Bones, 2019. By Kim Norman. Illustrated... Continue reading