Let's Talk Podcasting: Workshops, Recording and Resources at the Library

September 14, 2018 | Bill V.

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I knew podcasts had hit the mainstream when I called my mom one day and asked "how are things going" and she responded "I'm listening to a podcast." If you're interested in knowing a bit more about podcasts and also podcasting (tap into that inner creativity!) then Toronto Public Library...

Remembering Babe Ruth’s Home Run at Hanlan’s Point: September 5: Snapshots in History

September 6, 2018 | John P.

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Many Torontonians love baseball and avidly follow the Toronto Blue Jays from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL). Yet, if those of us interested in Toronto history and baseball history both go back in time over 100 years ago and stop...

In Memoriam: Bromley Armstrong, Black Civil Rights and Trade Union Activist

August 30, 2018 | Bill V.

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As we approach Labour Day it's fitting to honour and celebrate the life of labour and civil rights activist Bromley Armstrong who died recently. 1992 Toronto Star Archives photo of Bromley Armstrong Armstrong was born in Jamaica and came to Canada in 1947 when he was 19 years old. He...

RIP Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul

August 29, 2018 | Bill V.

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I don't think it's blasphemy to say I first knew Aretha Franklin from the John Belushi cult film the Blues Brothers and her number in that film. Maybe because my family owned a greasy spoon type restaurant that it rang true to my lived experience of strong waitresses, dirty aprons...

Who's a Good Boy? 10 Good Dog Books

August 17, 2018 | Bill V.

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This is my dog Rufus and yes, he's a good boy! Dogs bring a lot of joy into the lives of their human ball throwing, treat giving, neck scratching servants. So I thought to myself, why not share some interesting dog reads during the dog days of summer? Travels with...

Mary Pratt 1935-2018

August 16, 2018 | Brent

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This piece was written four years ago on the occasion of Pratt's career retrospective at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The best comment on her work however comes at the end of her long interview with Mireille Eagan at the bottom of the page. "Yes I like the idea that...

Updates and Additions to the Digital Archive

August 3, 2018 | Eric

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A lot has been happening in 2018 with the Digital Archive and we wanted to provide an update. The Digital Archive features items from TPL's Special Collections and content from it may be downloaded, shared and reproduced in print or electronic format for personal, educational, and research use. Not only...

The Power of Craft

August 3, 2018 | Muriel

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"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou People gazing up at, admiring and photographing the beautiful and heartfelt Toronto Love Project quilted banners (above left) gently swaying from the rafters of the North York Centre, provide tangible evidence of the healing...

A Bridge of Books: Wafaa Bilal Exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum

July 26, 2018 | Brent

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From July 14th to August 19th, the Aga Khan Museum is hosting an installation by Wafaa Bilal 168:01. The exhibit consists of a ghostly white book shelf filled with blank books with white covers. These empty books are placeholders for items lost from the collections of the College of Fine...

Fashion Ethics

July 23, 2018 | Karen

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Toronto Public Library has an array of resources on the subject of fashion, including books on fashion and fashion designers, fashion drawing, photography, magazines and more. But a full picture of fashion includes acknowledging the negative aspects of the industry, such as health and safety risks and human rights abuses...