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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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For readers, the release of the Booker Prize longlist is always exciting. Today's longlist celebrates great writers with long track records. Kazuo Ishiguro won the award in 1989 for Remains of the Day and Rachel Cusk, Damon Galgut, Mary Lawson, Richard Powers and Sunjeev Sahota have each received nominations previously.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Did you know that Centre Island is home to one of Toronto’s oldest buildings? That building is Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, completed in 1808. Here's an overview of its history — from the geological origins of the Toronto Islands to the lighthouse's spooky lore. This post features paintings, photos and other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at Local History & Genealogy
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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 have just hit our shelves. Additionally, most are available as eBooks. Poem in my Pocket by Chris Tougas. Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon. Ages 6-9. A... Continue reading
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Happy Nunavut Day! Let's learn more about Nunavut and how it came to be. Nunavut, which means "our land" in Inuktitut, is the most northern territory in Canada, with most residents being Inuit. Efforts to create Nunavut had been going on since the 1970s, with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was a highly influential jazz artist who revolutionized jazz trumpet and coronet playing, solo improvisation and scat singing. July 6 of this year marks the 50th anniversary of his passing. Louis Armstrong, between 1938 and 1948. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. A year after his death,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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At times, labour market information can be overwhelming and confusing. So here are three insights on what to look out for when you’re conducting research. TL;DR (Too long, didn’t read): When conducting labour market research, identify any gaps in knowledge, skills and experiences, learn which companies are and/or will be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Career and Job Search Help Blog
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Relevez notre Défi Lecture! L’été bat son plein, y compris pour les enfants qui lisent en français. Cette année, la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto offre une version française en ligne de tous ses programmes Summer Wonder. Vous pouvez écouter de la musique, fabriquer des objets grâce à Explorum et entendre... Continue reading
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Painting is a muscle that can be developed in anyone. So often you will hear about talent, inspiration and troubled lives, but these ideas are for the most part a stereotype. They are also not requirements for being successful at completing a painting. So what does that look like? Many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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This collection of the latest and greatest picture books are perfect for celebrating Pride Month with your children. Most are also available as eBooks. Llama Glamarama by Simon James Green, illustrated by Gary Parsons (ages 3-5) While the other barn animals are fast asleep, Larry the llama breaks out his... Continue reading
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Below is my report for the June 2021 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 Recent Branch Displays The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at What's On at the Library
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We are glad to share our Read Indigenous 2021 list! In previous years, we shared this list in October. Starting this year, we will share our picks every year starting in June. Read Indigenous is our yearly list of must-read books by Indigenous writers and illustrators. All of these books... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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The winners of the 2020 Governor General's Literary Awards were announced on June 1, 2021. The awards, usually presented in the fall, had been postponed due to Covid-19. Awards are presented in 14 categories — 7 in each of the official languages. These are the winners in the English Adult... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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Graphic inspired by the concept of "Every Child Matters" from the Orange Shirt Society On May 28, Canada and the world learned of the heartbreaking news of the 215 children buried in an unmarked mass grave at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Toronto Public Library grieves this tragic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at Arts & Culture
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Are you thinking of applying to college, university or an apprenticeship but wondering how to find money to pay the costs of education or training programs? Scholarships, grants, awards and bursaries are a great way to gain financial support and to fund your educational plans. This can be in the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2021 at TPL Teens
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In addition to the passing of Eric Carle, we're sad to say goodbye to award-winning children's author and illustrator Lois Ehlert this week. She passed away on Tuesday, May 26 at age 86. Lois was best known for illustrating the colourful, addictive and energetic book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Written... Continue reading
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Iconic children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle has died at age 91. One of the best known children’s books creators of all time, Carle produced more than 70 books over 50 years. His brightly-coloured mixed-media collages are recognizable for their unique style and child-friendly design. Born in Syracuse, New... Continue reading
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I love to curl up under a blanket with a warm cup of tea and spend hours reading, getting lost in the pages of a non-fiction book. It might seem odd that I find comfort in non-fiction books, but I hate the idea of not knowing. Learning about the world... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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One of the easiest things you can do to get your child ready for reading is to sing! From the moment your child is born, they love to hear your voice. Here are five ways singing helps build important pre-reading skills: Singing helps your child hear the smaller sounds in... Continue reading
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on Canadian society. How will it affect the labour market and what does it mean for future skills demand? "LightScale II / Uwe Rieger (DE)" by Ars Electronica is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Recently, The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E)... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at The Innovation Hubs
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If you are thinking that this award is usually given out in the autumn during literary awards season, you are correct. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year's Governor General's Literary Awards were postponed and are taking place now instead. Fans of literary awards will be delighted to learn that... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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This year, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) has moved online, from May 8 – 15. There'll be keynote talks, panel discussions, online art shows and more – all available from wherever you are. (See a few event highlights, below.) And do you know what goes well with a digital... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
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As Toronto Public Library expands online services to support Torontonians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) continues to assist newcomers with their settlement needs. For over 14 years, TPL has partnered with local settlement agencies for LSP, with the goal of helping newcomers settle over the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at New to Canada