March 21 is Common Courtesy Day

March 20, 2018 | M. Elwood

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Common Courtesy Day is observed annually on March 21, but feel free to be courteous every day of the year. To celebrate Common Courtesy Day, here are some of the most polite books in the Toronto Public Library collection: After You by Jojo Moyes Audiobook e-audiobook ebook Large Print Talking...

Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018

March 14, 2018 | Lynn

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The world has lost one of the most brilliant modern minds, Stephen Hawking. Hawking was a world renowned theoretical physicist who sought to bring science to the people. He wrote books, appeared on television shows and had a movie made about his life recently. Neil de Grasse Tyson tweeted "His...

Man Booker International Prize — 2018 Longlist

March 12, 2018 | Viveca

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The Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist is here. Since 2016, this prize is awarded annually to a single work translated into English. This year's judges include Lisa Appignanesi (Chair), Michael Hoffmann, Hari Kunzru, Tim Martin and Helen Oyeyemi. Last year's winner was A Horse Walks Into A Bar by...

International Women's Day 2018: Adventurous Women

March 7, 2018 | M. Elwood

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When I was trying to decide on a topic for this year's International Women's Day post, I stumbled across Aloha Wanderwell. I can't believe I was unaware of this Canadian adventurer with the most amazing name ever. Aloha Wanderwell was born in Winnipeg in 1906. It will not surprise you...

The Freedom to Read a Book in any Format

March 2, 2018 | Kelli

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During Freedom to Read Week (February 25 - March 3), we usually talk about banned books and censorship. For Dorothy Macnaughton, freedom to read also includes the availability of accessible reading materials for people with visual, physical or learning disabilities. In addition to her work on the CNIB Library Board...

Madeleine Thien and Her Asian Historical Fiction

February 28, 2018 | Helen

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Madeline Thien, who was born in Vancouver in 1974, loved to read as a child, but there were no books for her at home, so she borrowed them from the library. She says she always knew she was going to be a writer, because for her literature is a "magic,...

And the Oscar Goes To . . .

February 27, 2018 | Viveca

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On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony takes place - where glamour and gowns share the spotlight (very uneasily) with the political issues of the day. This year will be no different. Challenges to the systemic under-representation of disenfranchised people will continue to grow - the joy and affirmation...

Freedom to Read Week: Five Challenged Books

February 25, 2018 | Wendy

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It's Freedom to Read Week! The last week of each February, libraries everywhere celebrate their defence of people's right to read whatever they want. And in honour of the occasion, we've gathered some quotes from books that have been challenged, at Toronto Public Library (TPL) and elsewhere. (A "challenge" is...

Cat Manga for Nyan Nyan Nyan (or any day!)

February 22, 2018 | M. Elwood

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In Japan, February 22 is National Cat Day. It's celebrated on this day because the Japanese word for meow is nyan and the word for two is pronounced "ni", so when the date 22/2 is spoken it sounds a lot like nyan, nyan, nyan or meow, meow, meow. Japan, home...

Wakanda Forever!

February 17, 2018 | Andrea

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Black Panther has leaped to the top of the international box office in a single bound! The hotly anticipated superhero adventure is a landmark in what is already a milestone year for the lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is it a vibranium anniversary and not an aluminum one if we’re celebrating...