Celebrating International Chess Day: July 20: Snapshots in History

July 20, 2018 | John P.

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July 20 is International Chess Day! July 20 gained such recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1966 to commemorate the founding of the World Chess Federation (known also as la Fédération Internationale des Échecs and by its French acronym FIDÉ) on July 20, 1924...

Stonecuts, Felt Tip Pens and Mixed Media

July 19, 2018 | Jen McB

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Recently I was granted permission to take a small group to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). At no additional cost to my branch I escorted a couple of families to the recent Indigenous exhibits and got to share what I knew about the materials and processes behind the art....

"The play's the thing"

July 4, 2018 | Wendy

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"I want to read plays! Lots of them! Gazillions of them! I love the theatre, want to work as an actor, put on a show, or read and learn, and have been dying since Theatre Books closed its doors a few years ago. Where do I go now?" If this...

Multicultural and LGBT gay/lesbian monologues

July 4, 2018 | Wendy

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The Arts department at the Toronto Reference Library offers monologues and scenes for diverse communities. Included below are a small sample of tiltes for actors of colour and gay and lesbian performers, or for those auditioning for specific roles. Voices of Color: Scenes and Monologues by African American Playwrights by...

Canadian Monologues @ Toronto Public Library

July 4, 2018 | Irene

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Are you looking for a Canadian monologue for an upcoming audition? Try some of these great resources available from the Arts Department monologue collection! Canada on stage: Scenes and monologues: A survey of Canadian plays: Contains short pieces meant to highlight contemporary Canadian plays. Features monologues for males and females,...

Monologues for Men

July 4, 2018 | Irene

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Guys! Finding the 'perfect' monologue may be challenging, but the Arts department can help. Take a look at the following titles from our monologue collection! Actor's Choice: Monologues for Men. This selection offers fresh monologues ideal for showcasing your talent. And best of all, you can link to playscripts' website...

Monologues for Women

June 30, 2018 | Wendy

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Are you a woman with an audition coming up? Check out the Arts monologue collection! Here are a few of my favourites... Actor's choice: monologues for women: this collection is great because the audition pieces are current and fresh. And at playscripts' website you can find an almost complete copy...

Suicide: Prevention Resources and the Contagion of Hope

June 21, 2018 | Bill V.

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Last week I wrote a blog about resources for those left behind after a suicide, prompted by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. In the media coverage afterwards, an article and then interview by Kirsten Powers of CNN really seemed powerful and hopeful. She talked about her own...

Missing the Radio

June 20, 2018 | Jen McB

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This might sound odd, but like many a person with a smart product I decided to save some space and sell off my old CD player with a built in radio. It was old and a little broken but still functional. I sold it for a buck fifty last summer....

Suicide: Resources to Help Those Left Behind

June 14, 2018 | Bill V.

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The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have highlighted one of society's unspoken secrets. The back-to-back deaths of these two well known cultural figures is helping shine a bright light on suicide and by doing so, hopefully taking away some of the judgement, stigma and shame. At the...