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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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On October 14, 2019 while Canadians were celebrating, or recovering from, Thanksgiving, The Booker Prize made history by awarding the prize to a woman of colour for the first time. Bernardine Evaristo's novel Girl, Woman, Other is written from the perspectives of 12 primarily Black British women, straight, gay and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Buzz...About Books
Last week was the wrap-up of the Creating Wordpress Websites for Entrepreneurs learning circle. A learning circle is an approach to learning that has evolved to bridge some of the shortcomings of the ever-evolving and growing presence of distance education. I'd like to share some of the lessons and stories... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Toronto Reference Library Blog
It's October and as the air gets more chilly, some of us like to read books that give us chills – in a good way. You can find a lot of different themes in horror fiction. This blog post focuses on recent adult novels about witches. The Daughters of Temperance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Buzz...About Books
Come join us for our first Biographies! Book Club on October 4th from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Discussion Room on the 3rd floor of the Toronto Reference Library for a discussion of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Whether it is a movie, television show,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist was announced on September 30, 2019. The award celebrates the best in Canadian fiction. Novels and short story collections are eligible for the $100,000 prize. Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist: Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin All formats Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis All formats The Innocents... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
TPL’s annual Design-A-Bookmark Contest is underway! All children ages 13 and under are invited to submit a design to their local library branch by October 31st. Contest entry forms are available in branches, on bookmobiles, and can be downloaded from the children's websites: Ready for Reading Birth to 5 and... Continue reading
A participant learns Macrame techniques at Malvern Branch. Program review and photography by members of the Youth Advisory Group at Malvern Branch. Macrame Club: Macrame and 3D printing The club was hosted by two lovely presenters, Sophie and Vicky, who work at Toronto Public Library and at the S.P.O.T. Vicky... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at TPL Teens
Fall is in the air, and one's mind turns to cool forest walks, wool sweaters and spooning. It is always advisable to put a time limit on spooning. 1911 vintage postcard. Did you know there is a huge vintage postcard collection at the Toronto Reference Library Arts and Special Collections... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Arts & Culture
Headed to The Word on the Street this weekend at Harbourfront Centre? We are too! On Saturday, Toronto Public Library (TPL) is presenting three discussions about the impact of technology on civil society. Then we’re back on Sunday to take over the Brigantine Patio to showcase our incredible collections, services,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at What's On at the Library
When you read a work of literature in an English class, you’re being asked not just to read but to perform literary analysis. This means thinking critically, examining and evaluating different parts of the text including – but not limited to – character traits, plot, and use of literary devices... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at TPL Teens
On September 3, 2019 St John's, Newfoundland hosted one of Canadian literature's biggest annual events as the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist was unveiled. Twelve authors are in contention for the $100,000 prize. The award celebrates the best in Canadian fiction. Novels and short story collections are eligible for the prize.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Toronto Public Library (TPL) and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), two of Toronto’s most iconic organizations, are thrilled to announce the launch of TTC Reads, an exciting and fun way for commuters to make the most of their travel time.... Continue reading
Thrilled to kick off my role as this fall's Environmentalist in Residence with tips on how I do back to school in an eco-friendly way for less. This time of year can be equally exciting and stressful seeing as supplies and an updated wardrobe can get costly. As a waste... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at What's On at the Library
Genetic engineering, a phrase charged with images of health hazards and designer babies, entered a new and accelerated chapter with the development of CRISPR Cas9 in 2015, a targeted gene-editing technique that is much more precise than anything before it. What is CRSPR Cas9, how does it work, and what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
Join us for discussions on the most critical issue of our time, like climate change, populism, urban spaces, democracy and the impact of tech on society. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at What's On at the Library
For the second year in a row, Toronto Public Library is excited to program a stage at The Word On The Street (WOTS), as part of WOTS Plus 2019! Come to the library's stage on Saturday, September 21, for an afternoon of discussions about the impact of technology on civil... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at What's On at the Library
If you live in Toronto and are interested in fandom and nerd cultures, you probably know that Fan Expo 2019 is coming up. For those not aware, Fan Expo is Toronto’s largest annual convention for all things nerdy! Think comic books, science fiction, anime, fantasy and steampunk. It’s a chance... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at North York Central Library Blog
There seem to be a lot of books about friends who find themselves tangled up with something sinister. In a recent article published in the Telegraph, Jake Kerridge dubbed this thriller subgenre Chum Noir. I've also seen it called Friendship Noir, but Chum Noir is my preferred term. It reminds... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at The Buzz...About Books
Click Click Click Click No, that's not the sound of summer steadily coming to an end. Whoosh! And that's not the rush of wind that follows a family in to their local Toronto Public Library (TPL) as they hurry in to participate in some of the Summer Wonder fun. Wheeee!... Continue reading
Technician using a Geiger counter to measure radioactivity of various items at Chalk River in 1948. Toronto Star Photo Archive. What comes to mind when you hear the word “nuclear?” Many remember hiding under school desks as nuclear conflict loomed during the Cold War. Today, we might think of North... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy
The City of Toronto’s history of traffic management has had some interesting milestones, beginning with the institution of Toronto’s first automated traffic lights at Bloor Street and Yonge Street, the heart of the downtown city core, on August 8, 1925. Page one of the August 8, 1925 issue of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Local History & Genealogy