Does your heart pine for the insert, click and whirl of the video?
Does your Great Aunt Filomene refuse to get rid of her VHS player?
Did you know Toronto Public Library still has 2300 VHS that you can borrow? The last collection is located in the Arts Department of the Toronto Reference Library but all of them can be found in our catalogue and most can be placed on hold and sent to your local branch.
What kind of things do we still have? I asked my co-worker Brenda, who has been with the VHS collection for 17 years, to tell me some of her own and the public's favorites:
There is a strong Canadian focus to the collection. The 1999 Peter Gzowski interview with Wayne Gretzky is a great example of an older item that really gives an historical flavour to a popular figure.
But we have a strong international flavor as well and what could be more popular than The Days of Beatlemania 1962-1970?
Well, actually war and history are still in high demand and this Red Baron World War One documentary is still popular.
Any library staff can tell you that travel material is very popular and Brenda, who is fond of the East Coast, especially enjoys the three volume East of Canada The Story of Newfoundland.
I wanted to end with one that resonates personally - my father and his family owned a home on Clinton Street. Christie Pits was the park he used and it's still a local landmark in the neighborhood but in the 1930s it was the scene of an anti-semitic and anti-immigrant riot. My family, who are Macedonian Greek, used to speak of a similar earlier incident in Toronto at the end of WW I: see the DVD Violent August the 1918 anti-Greek riots in Toronto.
So, if you, or your mom, still has a hankering for VHS please come and visit.
We also have over 8000 DVDs - mainly documentaries, how to and performance.