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...

Music Gallery Editions – "The Strangest Record Company In The Country"

April 6, 2017 | Beau

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Music Gallery Editions (MGE) was a record label operated between 1977 and 1981 by Toronto's Music Gallery, an artist-run live music venue originally located at 30 St. Patrick St., near OCADU (then known as the Ontario College of Art) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 1984, it shifted over...

Lowdown Tracks: A Celebration of Music and Survival

April 6, 2017 | Bill V.

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Please join us at Toronto Reference Library for a free showing of the documentary Lowdown Tracks, a panel discussion and performances by a couple of the musicians who appear in the film. This timely and relevant documentary highlights a pressing social issue in Toronto. Just today there's been a report...

Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls

March 31, 2017 | Beau

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On Wednesday, April 5th, award-winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will be visiting the Toronto Reference Library to speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in a program co-presentation between Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Reading Without Walls is Yang's campaign to encourage...

Dr. Réa Beaumont Deciphers Harry Somers' Opera "Louis Riel"

March 13, 2017 | Beau

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Louis Riel – a politician, founder of the province of Manitoba and political leader of the Métis people in western Canada – has remained a compelling and controversial figure ever since he was hanged for treason in Regina in 1885 after leading the North-West Rebellion (also known as the "Riel...

Books, Books, Books - Cheap, Cheap, Cheap: TRL Clearance Book Sale March 16-18, 2017

March 9, 2017 | Bill V.

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Unlike the Toronto housing market, the Friends' Clearance Book Sale has a lot of stock and we are still very affordable. Come buy something and help support the Library. Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter Clearance Book Sale March 16-18, 2017 (cash only) If you're at the Toronto Reference...

Toronto Women Working During WW II: Rosie the Riveter and Beyond

March 7, 2017 | Bill V.

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For International Women's Day, March 8, I want to share some photos and books about the roles women played during the World War II, focusing on Toronto and Canada. You maybe have watched the show Bomb Girls or read the book Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo? There is quite...

Sculpting New Reads

March 1, 2017 | Mary Rae

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In libraries, we often speak about the book in all its forms – from trade paperback, to unique artists books, to interactive word in the online environment. From now until April 22nd, you will be able to experience books as art in the Browsery at the Toronto Reference Library. Begun...

How to Experience Augmented Reality in the Vice & Virtue Exhibition at the TD Gallery

February 27, 2017 | Eric

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The Vice & Virtue show, currently on display at the TD Gallery, incorporates some hidden augmented reality elements throughout the space to enhance your gallery experience. The app used to display these elements is call Aurasma. What is Aurasma? Aurasma is a free app for iOS and Android devices that...

"Black Like Me": Celebrating Black History Month with Photography

February 26, 2017 | Bill V.

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Did you know that African American abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass was the most photographed person in 19th century United States? He knew the power that his image would have as a free Black man who was educated, handsome, well-dressed and sophisticated (i.e., civilized) and equal to any white...