Toys from the 20th Century, or Mr. Potato Head had a Son?!

December 7, 2017 | David

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Toronto Star Photograph Archive Like other objects, toys can tell us a lot about the times in which they were made. The entry for toys in Britannica Online (get free access with a library card) contains several interesting facts about the history of toys -- here are a few of...

I Remember My Best Friend Tim on December 1st, World AIDS Day

November 30, 2017 | Bill V.

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December 1 is World AIDS Day. According to the Canadian site CATIE, "World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus". Gay Pride Day celebrants line Yonge St. to support those...

Music from People City – the Sounds of Toronto from Myseum and TPL

November 24, 2017 | Bill V.

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Myseum of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have partnered up to present a musically delightful series of talks and music. The Sounds of Toronto: The Great Debate; One City, One Album If you had to pick just one album that captures the sound of Toronto, what would it be? Join...

The Man Who Invented Christmas

November 17, 2017 | Mary Rae

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In 1843, Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol: In Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, the story of the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge, and the visitation by the three ghosts of Christmas, forever changing how we approach the Christmas season. Mr. Fezziwig's Ball, frontispiece of "A Christmas Carol", 1843 At...

Reading World War I Novels for Remembrance Day

November 9, 2017 | Bill V.

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I just finished All Quiet on the Western Front and it's got me thinking about WWI. It's my first time reading it and I was deeply moved. I'm reading my own personal hardcover edition and find myself enjoying the aesthetic physical experience of reading this edition. The weight of the...

Posters From The Alan and Thomas Suddon Collection

November 1, 2017 | Beau

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When I started working at the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library earlier this year, one of the first things that really caught my eye was the Alan and Thomas Suddon Collection: approximately 5,000 posters, broadsides and flyers advertising everything...

A Festival of Portuguese and Brazilian Film

October 31, 2017 | Brent

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The Arts Department at Toronto Reference Library continues its Monday afternoon screenings of international cinema with a festival of Portuguese and Brazilian films. Think warm thoughts, see the best recent and contemporary titles and then help welcome back the sun with an old classic. Mondays through November to December at...

Reservoirs of Information

October 30, 2017 | Jen McB

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What was your favourite place as a child? I wonder if the Moulou Theatre is still there. My favourite place as a teen? The library of course. My favourite place as a young adult? The third floor of 80 Spadina, the commercial galleries that loved and supported Canadian artists. It’s...

The Tetrapylon of Palmyra - Creative Commons Creates a 3D Model

October 20, 2017 | Bill V.

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Palmyra, Syria is a UNESCO world heritage site, and widely considered to be one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Beginning in 2015, large sections of Palmyra have been destroyed by ISIL. You may recall that the Taliban did something similar in Afghanistan when they destroyed the...

The Scoop on Poop from Toronto Public Library

October 20, 2017 | Bill V.

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You may have noticed the malodorous scent of poop wafting in the City lately. It's been on the news and various theories are being put forward. My own first thoughts were as I biked around: I need to watch where I step I have a dog, why can't other dog...