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Wendy B.
North York Central Library
I help promote books, movies, music and databases for the Collection Development department at TPL.
Interests: Books, music, movies, databases
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What does it mean to be like, or unlike, another person? In a way, it's a silly question. We're all alike: humans share about 99% of our genome with each other. We all sleep, and eat, and breathe oxygen, and feel comfortable at around 21 degrees Celsius. We all like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
Hi Terry, That's right. Otherwise, it's only available in branches. They've been extending home access incrementally since Covid started.
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Hi Mark, Thanks for the suggestion! I'll pass your message along to the relevant department.
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Hi Roger, You can get a Toronto Public Library card for a non-resident fee of $120 per year, but unfortunately you'd have to come in to a branch in person. We have a digital card, but it's not available to nonresidents. However, I know that Woodstock has an excellent library, and if you're looking for genealogical research help, you're in luck! They have the Ancestry database for their customers: https://www.mywpl.ca/37-articles-a-research/databases I hope this helps! Wendy
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Discovering your family's past can be as thrilling as any detective work. And now, we have three databases to help you in your quest: Ancestry Library Edition Available from home until June 30, 2021. Ancestry Library Edition is our largest genealogical collection. It covers the United States and the United... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Local History & Genealogy
Hi Leaside Reader, Thank you! Somehow I missed this question - but I couldn't have answered it better.
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You know the feeling: you're scrolling through your social media feeds and you see an intriguing article. Or a friend tells you about a great recipe (or knitting pattern, or woodworking technique) they found in the latest issue of a magazine. You go to find it, and — paywall. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Digital Library Services
Glad to hear it, and thanks for posting the solution here - it might help other people who are encountering the same problem.
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I've got to admit, I'm stymied - I've just followed all the steps above and I'm not running into the same problems. If creating a new account doesn't work, you can try contacting our Answerline service - (416) 397-5981, or answerline@tpl.ca. They can either offer you better tech support than I can, or put you in touch with PressReader's tech support directly. I hope this gets sorted out! Let me know how it goes.
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Hi Jeff, I just heard back, and the PressReader app is working properly - it's just very counterintuitive. Because of the way we authenticate apps, TPL won't show up on the list of libraries. Instead, we have a two-step, not-very-obvious procedure for signing in: 1. On tpl.ca, navigate to PressReader (by search or via the A-Z list of databases). Select "Access Online" and sign in with your library card number and PIN (if you're not signed in already). You'll be given access to PressReader. 2. Once you're in PressReader, select the little "person" icon at the top of the screen, which leads to the Account sign-in page. You have to create an account with your name, email address and a password. If you've already created one, you can sign in with it - otherwise, select "Sign Up" to create an account. 3. Now that you're signed in with BOTH your library card/PIN and your email/password, it should work for you. You can open the PressReader app (you might have to sign in again with your email and password), and it should recognize you and allow you access. Each sign-in lasts 48 hours, so you'll have to go through the process again in a couple of days. But it should work - let me know if you run into any problems.
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Hi Jeff, Not a bother at all - I'll pass your question on to the person responsible for PressReader. (For what it's worth, I just tried it and I'm able to log in and read newspapers in my browser via the TPL site on my desktop, but I'm having the same problems as you with the app.) I'll also nudge about text mode in OverDrive magazines.
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Valerie has every reader's dream job: she's Toronto Public Library's lead selector of adult print books. She and her team evaluate about 400 books every week. (To hear more about how they do this, listen to this podcast.) So if we want to know what books to look forward to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at The Buzz...About Books
(You might need to scroll down in Cantook to find the available copies, but I've just checked and they're there.)
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Hi Heather, Have you tried borrowing Vi through Cantook Station, our French ebook platform? (See link in blog post, above.) It should be available there without holds. Please let me know if you run into problems.
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Hi Jeff, Magazines currently available through RBDigital will be available through the Libby App (as well as the OverDrive app). In fact, they'll be merging with the existing collection of magazines on OverDrive/Libby. To find them, in the Libby app, select Library. Then, you have two choices: you can scroll down (keep scrolling...it's a long way down) until you find "Always Available Magazines". Or you can select "Preferences" > "Magazines". Next, select "See over 4,900 titles" to search or browse the whole collection (tip: if you're browsing, you might want to select "Refine" and sort by "Popularity" to see the most relevant titles.) I just checked out a few titles in Libby to see if Text reading view was available, and it seems like it is in some titles (e.g. Newsweek) and not others (e.g. the New Yorker). I'm not sure what the reason is for this - I suspect titles that have this feature might have migrated from RBDigital early, while titles that don't have been on the OverDrive platform all along. I'll try to find out and post a reply, but it could take a few days. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading magazines in Libby!
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Sorry, David—I forgot to mention an important step! If you've already downloaded the Libby eReader app onto your iPad, you can open it up and select "Shelf". Books you've downloaded will appear there. If you haven't downloaded the Libby app yet, you'll want to do so now.
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Hi there David, Congratulations on getting started with ebooks! If you haven't already downloaded the Libby eReader app onto your iPad, you'll want to do so now. Here's a guide to help you get up and running: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/content/books-video-music/downloads-ebooks/pdf/libbyapp.pdf If you run into trouble, you can also contact the library during open hours for help - here's info on how to do that: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/contact/ I hope this helps!
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Start the new year right! Join One eRead Canada,the first national, bilingual (English and French) digital eBook club. More than 600 public libraries, from St John’s to Nanaimo to Whitehorse, will take part. This year, we'll be reading the exquisite and celebrated novel Vi by Kim Thúy. From January 1... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Digital Library Services
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Did you get a new tablet, phone, laptop or ereader recently? Are you looking for things to do with it? You're in luck! Toronto Public Library has a fantastic selection of digital books (ebooks), audiobooks, magazines, movies, music and television shows that can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Digital Library Services
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Becoming by Michelle Obama Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Atomic Habits by James Clear Normal People by Sally Rooney American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins Untamed by Glennon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books
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Lynda.com offers over 3,500 video courses on various subjects including web design, software development, photography, business skills, graphic design, audio, music, video editing and much more. Dozens of courses are added each week, so you can always find something new to learn! These self-paced, online tutorials are all free to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at Digital Library Services
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Attention indie writers: wondering what to do with your NaNoWriMo masterpiece? Or do you have a manuscript you'd love to share with library users? You're in luck! With three library services — BiblioBoard, Pressbooks and the Indie Author Project — you have all the tools you need to format your... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at Digital Library Services
Hi Mary, Try calling our Answerline service at 416-397-5981. They might be able to help.
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Hi KJ, Yes - we've extended access to OverDrive via the digital card to December 31, 2020. Meanwhile, you can now also sign up for a library card in person at a branch (make sure you bring address I.D.!), and we're getting very close to having full-access digital registration, too.
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We're asking readers across the city to take part in TPL's Reading Challenge 2020. In celebration of summer reading, the TPL Innovation Council is sharing their recommended reads for each of the main Reading Challenge categories. What is the Innovation Council? TPL’s Innovation Council is an advisory group of leaders... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2020 at The Buzz...About Books