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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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Happy summer! 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! Read them with your child and log them using a free app called Beanstack. Earn badges, try fun... Continue reading
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Posted on behalf of Kendra C. (Content Warning: this blog mentions suicide, death, and systemic violence) August 10th is internationally recognized as Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD). PJD is a day to remember people who have died preventable deaths in prison. It is also a day to show solidarity with those... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Arts & Culture
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It's summertime and, for many Torontonians, that means spending more time outside! And what better way to enjoy the company of friends and family outdoors than around a roaring campfire? Whether you're off to a cottage, a campsite or staying at home this summer, get your marshmallows ready because it's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Arts & Culture
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The 2022 Booker Prize Longlist was announced on July 26, 2022. The list features several authors who have been nominated previously: NoViolet Bulawayo, Karen Joy Fowler, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Elizabeth Strout. It also includes the youngest nominee in history. Leila Mottley began writing Nightcrawling when she was 17. It... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at The Buzz...About Books
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Rochdale College registrar Rick Waern in front of 18-storey building for Rochdale College at Bloor and Huron Streets, 1968. From our Toronto Star Photograph Archive. View on Digital Archive. Rochdale College was a cost-saving measure The University of Toronto’s Campus Co-op, a self-funded student-led housing co-operative, incorporated Rochdale in 1964... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2022 at Local History & Genealogy
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I read that after the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit there was a run on chess sets ... and I hope that's true! This blog celebrates International Chess Day, on July 20th. But it's also a nod to librarian John P., who not only blogged for many years at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2022 at Arts & Culture
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Happy summer! 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! Read them with your child and log them using a free app called Beanstack. Earn badges, try fun... Continue reading
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People engaged in creative pursuits of all types will often remark on the benefits of working away from home. Whether it’s a remote cabin, a castle, a former public school or even a sailboat, the practice of moving to a new environment for a finite amount of time, often in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Most people may think of children's books or fantasy when they think about a book about magic, but this category can be interpreted as broadly as you want. Our recommendations for "a book about magic" category include graphic novels, children's picture books, and history. The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2022 at The Buzz...About Books
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Below is my report for the June 2022 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting. It summarizes key activities in support of the priorities outlined in our strategic plan. This report covers items that are not part of the Board agenda package. Opening up our public space Fireside Family Chat: Art... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at What's On at the Library
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Did you see the new Spiderman? Black Widow was really well done for an action movie! The Scarlet Witch started out very 1950s but then got better as the film style became part of the storyline. How much Marvel are you familiar with? While stanning ‘who is your favourite character’... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Arts & Culture
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June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. During this month, there is a spotlight on Indigenous cultures, histories, experiences and perspectives - and opportunities to reflect on the complicated, colonial history of Canada. Below, I've gathered some things that you can do in the library - and in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at What's On at the Library
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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some of the latest picture books, perfect for Pride Month, that celebrate families and people across the rainbow spectrum. Additionally, all are available in an electronic format. Calvin by JR & Vanessa Ford, illustrated... Continue reading
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This category of the TPL Reading Challenge means the most to me. Before I go further, I'd speak about the term BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous and/or Person of Colour. I recognize that this term isn't a very good one. Not one term can encompass the richness and diversity... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at The Buzz...About Books
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On May 11, 2001, beloved author Douglas Adams died suddenly from a heart attack. Two weeks later, his fans around the world marked his passing by carrying towels, a key symbol from Adams's most famous book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. With that, an annual tradition was born. In... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2022 at Arts & Culture
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Have you ever wanted to share your favourite movie or TV show with your kids, but you were afraid that it wasn't age appropriate or that they were too young to really appreciate it? Well, maybe you can't show it to them, but thanks to these books, you can read... Continue reading
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Below is my report for the May 2022 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting. It summarizes key activities in support of the priorities outlined in our strategic plan. This report covers items that are not part of the Board agenda package. Opening up our public space Virtual Community Open House:... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at What's On at the Library
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Posted on behalf of Taylor M. May is Jewish Heritage Month in Canada! Here at Toronto Public Library, we are celebrating this month by featuring new books by Jewish authors. These books focus on Jewish history and highlight different aspects of Jewish culture. The term Jewish can refer to a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at Arts & Culture
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We preserve some of TPL's own history in the Toronto Public Library Archives, part of our Special Collections. In addition to vintage photos of branches and annual reports, available on our Digital Archive, this collection has mysterious objects like a flat wooden shovel. Believe it or not, this shovel was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Local History & Genealogy
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Toronto Public Library's Career Coach in Residence Catherine Crawford. First, it was the Great Resignation where workers were driven by lockdowns or burnout from the pandemic to quit their jobs in record numbers. Now, the employment landscape has shifted into something more nuanced. Millions of workers are leaving their jobs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2022 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
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It's happening, sports fans! Despite the naysayers, the Raptors are in the playoffs. I have to say, I'm not surprised. Even without any big names like Kawhi or Kyle, this team is phenomenal. I don't know about you, but as a parent, I would like to request that we don't... Continue reading
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Below is my report for the April 2022 Toronto Public Library (TPL) Board meeting. It summarizes key activities in support of the priorities outlined in our strategic plan. This report covers items that are not part of the Board agenda package. Opening up our public space TPL Ends Late Fines... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at What's On at the Library
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TPL's Special Collection in the Arts has thousands of private and fine press books for researchers — or anyone who's curious. Some of these rare, hand-made artists' books are "miniature books." Miniature books are generally classified as being four inches or smaller and are made up of a mix of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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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. Additionally, most are available as eBooks. Fly by Brittany J. Thurman and Anna Cunha (ages 4-8) Africa is a confident... Continue reading
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The library can help you prepare for the OSSLT, or Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Are you about to take your OSSLT? If you have already gone through the online practice tests from EQAO but are still feeling worried about it, you are not alone. The good news is that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2022 at TPL Teens