Toronto Public Library Celebrates Canada 150

June 22, 2017 | Eric

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Canada’s sesquicentennial is just around the corner, and Toronto Public Library has a feast of programming to help you celebrate our 150th anniversary. Whatever your interest, the Library has something for you and your family. Destination Canada is an exhibition which tells the immigrant experience in Canada, from the earliest...

New Records at Toronto Reference Library!

June 15, 2017 | Beau

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Earlier this year the Toronto Reference Library ordered 100 new records – for the first time since records were still the most popular way to listen to music – to add to the Arts Department's vinyl collection. About 90 of them have landed on our shelves, and I've got photos...

This Blog Post is Just...the Worst.

June 5, 2017 | Beau

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Magazines, newspapers and the Internet are constantly full of articles listing the best movies, the best films, the best books, the best grilled cheese sandwiches in restaurants with names beginning with a consonant in neighbourhoods with names beginning with a vowel, etc. But you know what never gets much love?...

Happy Birthday Norma Jeane Baker . . . or Marilyn Monroe, You Never Looked Better

June 1, 2017 | Bill V.

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June 1st is Marilyn Monroe's birthday. There are countless biographies of her, but I wanted to focus on some of the portrait photography books about her. Life: The Loves of Marilyn looks at her romantic life but also at her photographic legacy through Life Magazine in the 1950s and 1960s....

Seriously, Who Is Susan Sontag?

May 24, 2017 | Jen McB

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The short answer is she was an essayist of some import in the American 1960s-80s, or that is when the bulk of her work was published. She was reflective, against the materialism of her time and above all else a serious person. Though I had never heard of her fame,...

An Artist Named Copper Thunderbird (1932-2007)

May 10, 2017 | Jen McB

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Orange, blue, black, sharp lines, bold two-dimensional compositions filling the space. The images I have in my head belong to Norval Morriseau, also named Copper Thunderbird. As we look back on our history this year and reflect on what makes us Canadians, it is also a time to reflect on...

I found Vivian Maier

May 5, 2017 | Bill V.

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I was watching the documentary DVD Finding Vivian Maier the other day and thought what an extraordinary photographer she was. And I asked myself - would I have wanted her to be my nanny ... would I have wanted her to secretly take my photo on the streets of New...

Ontario Resources Available in the Virtual Reference Library and Digital Archive

May 4, 2017 | Eric

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Toronto Public Library's Preservation & Digitization Department has been digitizing Ontario-related content from our Special Collections for many years. You can access this content via the Virtual Reference Library or TPL's Digital Archive. What types of materials can I research and discover in the digitized collections? We have a treasure...

Healing Me Softly with Song...

April 22, 2017 | Will

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Toronto Reference Library is excited to present a brand new series of concerts and public speaking events: The Healing Power of Music! Ori Dagan Sings Ella Fitzgerald. Tues, Apr 25, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall. All ages. Free. Drop in. No registration required. Donald...

If there's a carp in the bathtub then it must be Passover ... Chag Pesach Sameach!

April 11, 2017 | Bill V.

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I remember my first library bosses, Linda S. and Linda K., and the boxes of matzah they would share with us during Passover. But it was my co-worker Marilyn M. who introduced me to the pleasures of home made matzah ball soup and gefilte fish. Ah food ... the great...